Boise, Idaho - Utah State returns to the scene of a heartbreaking loss. The Aggies led last year's Famous Idaho Potato Bowl throughout, but fell 24-23 to Ohio on quarterback Tyler Tettleton's 1-yard with 13 seconds left in the game.
Utah State fell to 1-5 in bowl games with the loss as the Aggies were looking for their first postseason win since 1993.
This year's edition of The Famous Idaho Potato Bowl is the second postseason contest and is scheduled for a 4:30 p.m. ET broadcast, immediately following the New Mexico Bowl on ESPN. The game takes place at Bronco Stadium, home of the Boise State Broncos, and pits Utah State against Toledo.
Six of the previous eight bowl games played here have been decided on the last drive, with an average score of 31-24 over the past 15 Bowls.
Utah State (10-2) comes in as conference champs after going unbeaten (6-0) in a watered-down WAC that included a pair of teams in transition from the FCS (Texas State and UTSA). This is the last season that WAC football will exist as it became the largest victim of conference realignment. Fresno State, Nevada and Hawaii fled to the Mountain West this year, following Boise State's defection in 2011. Utah State and San Jose State will also join the Mountain West next year.
Toledo (9-3) tied for second place in the West Division of the Mid-American Conference with Ball State. All three losses came to bowl teams - Northern Illinois, Ball State, and Arizona. The Rockets went on an 8-game winning streak after opening with a narrow loss at Arizona (7-5). Then, after appearing in the BCS Standings for the first time in history at No. 25 on November 4, they dropped their next 2 games to Ball State (9-3) and Northern Illinois (12-1) and fell out of a spot in the MAC Championship.
Toledo is 8-4 "on the field" in bowl games, but was also later awarded a win in the 1984 California Bowl after UNLV was penalized for the use of ineligible players earlier in the season. In last season's Military Bowl in Washington, D.C., Air Force fumbled the ball out-of-bounds on an attempted 2-point conversion off a fake kick with 52 seconds left, giving Toledo a 42-41 win.
"I think the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl will provide our student-athletes with an outstanding bowl experience, as well as the opportunity to play against a very tough Utah State team," said first-year head coach Matt Campbell who took the reins just before last year's bowl game. "Playing in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl is an excellent reward for our players, coaches and everyone involved in our team's success."
Utah State's conference-clinching 48-41 overtime win at Louisiana Tech on November 17 was the Aggies' first-ever victory over a ranked team on the road, as well as the first win over a ranked opponent in over 20 years.
The two Utah State losses came by a total of 5 points as the Aggies fell 16-14 at Wisconsin and 6-3 at BYU.
The Congrove Computer Rankings project Utah State to win by 6.65 points.