Dec. 11, 2012
BOISE, Idaho -
The Famous Idaho Potato Bowl kicked-off its bowl week activities Tuesday afternoon with the Strikes for Spuds charity bowling event at Pinz Bowling Center at the Wahooz Family Fun Zone in Meridian, Idaho.
Utah State and Toledo jointly raised a donation of 1,700-pounds of potatoes and 400-pounds of ground beef to be given to two Boise-based charities and two team-hometown charities. USU competed for donations to the Idaho Food Bank and Utah's Cache Food Pantry, while UT bowled on behalf of Boise's Life Kitchen, as well as Toledo's The Beach House charities.
"It's a big part of who we are and any opportunity we get to be involved in the community is important to us, and this is part of it," said USU head coach Gary Andersen. "I look forward to getting back home and in two weeks from now, I think it is, we get to go out and do our Sub for Santa stuff."
The potato product donations were given by Idaho-based companies, the J.R. Simplot Company and Potandon Produce, while the ground beef was donated by Food Services of America.
"I think it's awesome that we're able to help the food pantry in this way. It's cool we can chip in and do our part," said junior offensive lineman Kyle Whimpey.
The teams battled through two-rounds of 12-frames each, with Toledo winning with a score of 310 total pins to Utah State's 248 pins. In the first round, the Rocket defense took on the Aggies offense winning in the last frame, 142-138. UT's offense sealed the win in the second round, topping the USU defense, 168-110.
"The strike felt good. I bowl a lot in my spare time, so it wasn't new," said Austin. "I wanted a strike and it was a fun event today. It was a good little competition, talking trash back and forth for both teams. It was fun, even though we didn't win."
After some free time back at the team hotel, the team had a pizza party dinner and then selected its bowl gifts, before having some more free time to end the evening and a busy day one in Boise.
Utah State will hold its first practice in Boise on Wednesday morning at the Caven-Williams Indoor Facility on the BSU campus before participating in its second bowl activity of the week by racing go-karts.
The Famous Idaho Potato Bowl will be held on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, at 2:30 p.m. MST at Bronco Stadium in Boise, Idaho. The Bowl will feature the Toledo Rockets (9-3) of the Mid-American Conference (MAC) against the No. 18 Utah State Aggies (10-2) of the Western Athletic Conference (WAC).
Tickets for the 2012 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl are available by contacting the USU Ticket Office at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum, or by phone by calling 1-888-USTATE-1 or (435) 797-0305. Tickets can also be purchased 24 hours a day at www.UtahStateAggies.com.
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