Friday, December 30, 2016

Bilo's Quick Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Recap

Idaho 61, Colorado State 50

Idaho won their final game as a member of FBS football, but Colorado State scored a record 36 points in the 4th quarter to make the game look closer than it was, as the Vandals dominated for 3 quarters of football. Idaho scored 20 points in the 2nd, 21 in the 3rd, and 20 in the wild 4th quarter which saw a combined 56 points put on the scoreboard.
For Idaho, it was their first bowl win since 2008, and they finished with their 2nd highest win total of any season since 1998. Colorado State finished the season at 7-6.
Idaho RB Isaiah Sanders rushed for 147 yards on 33 carries, and scored 3 TDs for the second time this season.
Colorado State QB Nick Stevens led the way for the Rams, passing for 445 yards and 5 TDs, although he also tossed 2 picks in the loss. Matt Linehan passed for 381 yards and 4 TDs for Idaho in the win. Jacob Sannon caught 2 TD passes for Idaho, while Deon Watson caught 5 passes for 140 yards and a score. Jordan Frysinger caught the 4th TD for the Vandals.
Olabisi Johnson had a huge receiving day in the loss for the Rams, as he caught 7 passes for 265 yards and 2 scores, while Michael Gallup caught 6 passes, 2 of which went for scores.
The two teams combined for over 1200 yards of offense, a Potato Bowl record.
Colorado State averaged 9.1 yards per play, while Idaho averaged 7.4.
The 111 points scored were the 3rd highest total in overall bowl history.
Colorado State has now lost 3 straight bowls.
Idaho moves to FCS football and the Big Sky Conference in 2017.

2017 Season Openers: Colorado State at Colorado (@Denver) (9/2); Sacramento State at Idaho (9/2)

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