The Aggies of Utah State University are going to their second bowl game in two years. They'll face the University of Toledo Rockets Saturday, Dec. 15 at 2:30 MT in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl in Boise, Idaho.
Utah State just completed its most successful season ever. The Aggies set single-season records with 10 wins, six wins at home and won its first outright conference championship since 1936. Also for the first time ever, the Aggies posted a 6-0 conference record.
“We are excited to prepare for a quality Toledo team that had an outstanding season,” said fourth-year Utah State head coach Gary Andersen. “Our staff has great respect for Toledo head coach Matt Campbell and the Rockets team. They are very well coached and obviously very talented as they are playing in their third-straight bowl game.”
As good as the Aggies have been this year, don't give them a bowl win just yet, as they face Toledo, who has a record of 9-3 overall.
The Rockets won eight straight games at one point in the season, including a 29-23 victory over then No. 18 Cincinnati. UT was ranked as high as No. 23 in the AP poll this season and cracked the BCS Top 25 for the first time in school history (No. 25 on Nov. 4). Toledo's three losses were all to schools playing in bowl games – Northern Illinois (11-1), Ball State (9-3) and Arizona (7-5).
Final: Ohio 24, USU 23
Location: Boise, Idaho
Utah State got out to an early 9-0 lead, and led 9-7 at halftime. Trailing 23-17 with less than a minute left, with the ball in Utah State Territory, Ohio was able to take the lead over Utah State with a 1-yard touchdown run by Tyler Tettleton.
Utah State led the entire game, except for in the waning seconds when Ohio scored. All USU could do was lateral the ball as much as possible and hope for a miracle as time ran out.
USU's current starting quarterback Chuckie Keeton was with the Aggies for the 2011 bowl game, but hedidn't play due to a neck injury sustained earlier in the season.
Final: Cincinnati 35, USU 19
Location: Boise, Idaho
This wasn't one of USU's finest games. Not only did they lose 35-19, but they were never really in the game. The Aggies trailed 21-0 at halftime, then 28-0 in the third quarter, before scoring on a 74-yard touchdown pass.
But the Bearcats would answer with another touchdown of their own to make it 35-7. The Aggies would add a couple more touchdowns, one on offense and one on defense, to bring the final score to 35-19. Utah State would then have to wait until 2007 to play in another bowl game.
Final: USU 42, Ball St. 33
Location: Las Vegas, Nev.
After missing the postseason for 32 years, the Aggies went to the Las Vegas Bowl and got their first and only bowl win. The Aggies got a lead early on against the Ball State Cardinals and wouldn't give it up.
Final: Baylor 24, USU 9
Location: New York City
The ill-fated Gotham Bowl only existed for two seasons. After attempting and failing to host a game in 1960, the Aggies and Bears faced off at the Polo Grounds in New York in front of just 15,000 fans. Baylor won, giving the Aggies their only loss that season.
Final: New Mexico St. 20, USU 9
Location: El Paso, Tex.
It took 13 years for Utah State to make another bowl game, and this time around, the Aggies fared better. But they still couldn't come up with their first bowl win.
Final: Pacific 35, Utah State 21
Location: Lodi, California
The Aggies' second bowl appearance didn't go much better. Pacific scored 35 unanswered points before Utah State got on the board. The final result was never really in doubt.
Final: San Jose St. 20, USU 0
Location: Fresno, Calif.
Utah State fans probably didn't go home with big grins on their faces after the school's first bowl game. The Aggies were rocked by San Jose State and laid a big goose egg on the scoreboard.