By Brian Murphy
Utah State has accepted an invitation to the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (formerly Humanitarian Bowl) at Bronco Stadium, the bowl game announced Monday afternoon. The Idaho Statesman first reported the news.
It is the first bowl appearance for Utah State (6-5) since the Aggies appeared in the inaugural Humanitarian Bowl in 1997. Utah State lost to Cincinnati 35-19 in the game. Utah State has won four straight games and concludes its regular season against New Mexico State on Saturday.
"It’s fitting that we make a return trip to a city and a stadium known for excellent, knowledgeable fans and a tradition of winning," Utah State coach Gary Andersen said in a statement released by the bowl. "This game is a critical step in the building of our program and we’re excited about the ability of our students, fans and supporters to share in the success of the team."
The Aggies will face a team from the Mid-American Conference in the Dec. 17 bowl game. The opponent will likely be Ohio, if it loses in the MAC title game, or Toledo, if Ohio wins the MAC title game against Northern Illinois.
Only seven FBS teams have gone longer without a bowl appearance than the Aggies.
"Utah State is an ideal team for us to host at the Bowl,” said Kevin McDonald, the bowl's executive director. “The school is in close proximity to Idaho’s potato region, their fans and students are passionate and willing to travel and the team is well‐coached and plays with intensity – qualities that local fans are accustomed to."
Northern Illinois defeated Fresno State in last year's game at Bronco Stadium.
Said WAC commissioner Karl Benson: “We’re delighted that Utah State’s resurgent program will be featured in front of a national audience at a bowl with a reputation for entertaining match‐ups."
The game will be televised on ESPN.
Premium upper and lower-level seating are $50, upper-level corners are $30, end-zone tickets for $18, and a family pack of four upper-level corner tickets are $50 total.
All tickets will be available at Idahotickets.com by phone at: (208) 426-1494, or at the Bronco Stadium ticket office.
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