The bowl game will also feature a top selection from the Mid-American Conference. The Famous Idaho Potato Bowl is the second game of the bowl calendar and the only one in its timeslot. The game will be telecast nationally on ESPN, and broadcast on ESPN Radio.
The Aggies are 7-1 against MAC competition, but they have not faced a team from the conference since 1995 when they defeated Northern Illinois 42-7 in Logan.
Coach Gary Anderson said, “This is a tremendous opportunity for our program. It is a fantastic reward for all of the hard work and dedication that these kids have put in. I am so happy for them.
“Building a football program is a community event and this is a great day for Aggies young and old. We are excited to represent Utah State University, Logan, Utah and Cache Valley at the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. I am sure we will have a great crowd travel to Boise and Bronco Stadium will be decked with Aggie blue.”
USU Athletic Director Barnes added, “It is a great day to be an Aggie. Coach Andersen, his staff and the student athletes have continued to believe, and I’m delighted that they have been rewarded for their efforts.
“Gary has built a strong foundation for our program that will only continue to improve. The Famous Idaho Potato Bowl is a great next step in the process.”
It is USU’s first post-season play since playing in the 1997 Humanitarian Bowl against Cincinnati. The former Humanitarian Bowl is the same venue as the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.
This will be the Aggies seventh bowl appearance, which began with the 1946 Raisin Bowl game. Then again in the 1947 Grape Bowl, the 1960 Sun Bowl, the 1961 Gotham Bowl,the 1993 Las Vegas Bowl and the 1997 Humanitarian Bowl.
Western Athletic Conference Commissioner Karl Benson said, “The WAC is proud to have Utah State represent the conference in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, and I congratulate Coach Andersen and the Aggies on a great season.
“I look forward to rooting for the Aggies on December 17 in Boise.”
For more Aggie Football ticket information fans can contact the USU Ticket Office at 1-888-USTATE-1 (1-888-878-2831) or 435-797-0305, in person at the USU Ticket Office inside the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
USU still has a regular season game on the slate this Saturday when they travel to Las Cruces New Mexico and put their four-game winning streak on the line against New Mexico State.
The all-Aggie affair kicks off at 1:30 PM MT and will be televised on KCSG (Comcast Ch. 116/DirectTv Ch. 44/Dish Network Ch. 37).
USU will be going for its first seven-win season since 1993, and their first five-game win streak since that same season, which is also the last time that Utah State won a bowl game, winning the Las Vegas Bowl, 42-33 over Ball State.
Fans can follow the Aggie football program at twitter.com/USUFootball or on the USU football blog at usufootball.wordpress.com. Aggie fans can also follow the Utah State athletic program at twitter.com/USUAthletics or on facebook at Utah State University Athletics.
ABOUT THE FAMOUS IDAHO POTATO BOWL
The Famous Idaho Potato Bowl recognizes the positive impact teams, coaches and student-athletes have in their communities and their leadership roles in promoting humanitarian efforts.
Each year, the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl generates nearly $1 million in direct economic impact for the facilities and charities involved. For more information, visit www.famousidahopotatobowl.com.
UTAH STATE FOOTBALL BOWL HISTORY (1-5 record)
1946 Raisin Bowl USU lost 20-0 to San Jose State at Fresno, California
1947 Grape Bowl USU lost 35-21 to Pacific at Lodi, California
1960 Sun Bowl USU lost 20-13 to New Mexico State at El Paso, Texas
1961 Gotham Bowl USU lost 24-9 to Baylor at New York City
1993 Las Vegas Bowl USU won 42-33 over Ball State at Las Vegas, Nevada
1997 Humanitarian Bowl USU lost 35-19 to Cincinnati at Boise, Idaho
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