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Famous Idaho Potato Bowl


Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl logo for 2011
Stadium Albertsons Stadium
Location Boise, Idaho, U.S.
Operated 1997–present
Conference tie-ins MWC, MAC
Previous conference tie-ins WAC (2000-12),
MWC (2009),
ACC (2001-08),
Big West (1997-2000),
C-USA (1997-99)
Payout US$750,000
(As of 2011) [1]
Humanitarian Bowl Association (1997-1998)
Crucial Technology (1999–2003)
MPC Computers (2004–2006)
Roady's Truck Stops (2007–2009)
uDrove (2010)
Idaho Potato Commission (2011–present)
Former names
Sports Humanitarian Bowl (1997)
Humanitarian Bowl (1998) Humanitarian Bowl (1999–2003)
MPC Computers Bowl (2004–2006)
Roady's Humanitarian Bowl (2007–2009)
uDrove Humanitarian Bowl (2010)
2014 matchup
Western Michigan vs. Air Force[2] (AF 38–24)

The Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (previously the Humanitarian Bowl and the MPC Computers Bowl) is an NCAA-sanctioned post-season college football bowl game that has been played annually since 1997 at Albertsons Stadium on the campus of Boise State University in Boise, Idaho. As of 2013, the bowl pits a team from the Mountain West Conference against a team from the Mid-American Conference.[3]

The game is televised nationally on the ESPN family of networks. Cincinnati defeated Utah State, 35–19, in the inaugural game in 1997. The current Famous Idaho Potato Bowl champions are the United States Air Force Academy, who defeated Western Michigan University in the 2014 edition of the bowl.


  • History 1
    • Sponsors 1.1
  • Game results 2
  • MVPs 3
  • Most appearances 4
  • Wins by conference 5
  • Game records 6
  • Attendance 7
  • Television coverage 8
  • References 9
  • External links 10


The Humanitarian Bowl was launched in part to give the Big West Conference a bowl to send its champion to; after the 1996 season, the Big West lost its automatic tie in with the Las Vegas Bowl, where its champion met the Mid-American Conference champion. From 1997 to 1999, the opponent was a team from Conference USA, while in 2000 the Western Athletic Conference sent a representative. The Big West stopped sponsoring football at the end of the 2000 season.

After the 2000 Humanitarian Bowl, the organizers extended a permanent invite to the WAC to replace the Big West as host of the game and struck an agreement with the Atlantic Coast Conference to provide a bowl-eligible team if it had yet to fill its bowl allotment. The WAC champion would receive the automatic bid to the game unless that team received a better offer from another bowl game or qualified for the Bowl Championship Series. The bowl also had to contend with the "hometown guarantee" tie-in with the Hawai'i Bowl, which guaranteed a spot to The University of Hawai'i-Manoa if it was bowl eligible and did not make the BCS.

In 2009, the Mountain West Conference replaced the ACC as the WAC's opponent, but ended its agreement after one season. For the 2010 playing, the Humanitarian Bowl inherited the MAC's International Bowl tie-in after the Toronto-based bowl folded. The WAC stopped sponsoring football in 2012 and the Mountain West inherited its spot as host.

Boise State, the game's host school, holds the record for most bowl wins with three. Fresno State and Idaho also have multiple wins, with two each. Boise State's four appearances are the most of any team.


The game was sponsored by Micron Technology, an Idaho-based manufacturer, from 1999 to 2002 under the name, which sold computer memory upgrades from Micron. The bowl game then briefly had no sponsor for the January 2004 game. In December 2004, the name was changed to the MPC Computers Bowl. MPC Computers, which is also based in Idaho, was formerly MicronPC, the computer manufacturing division of Micron, but was later split off as a separate company. In April 2007, it was announced that the bowl will again be called the Humanitarian Bowl.[4] In May 2007, Boise-based Roady's Truck Stops was announced as the new sponsor, thus renaming the game the Roady's Humanitarian Bowl.[5] On May 25, 2010, mobile business application, uDrove became the sponsor of the Humanitarian Bowl, signing a four-year agreement to replace Roady's.[6] On August 3, 2011 The Idaho Potato Commission signed a six-year naming rights deal to sponsor the bowl, renaming it the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.[7]

With fifteen games played through 2011, it is the longest running cold weather bowl game currently in operation. The payout is $750,000, but teams are required to provide a corporate sponsor, purchase a minimum number of tickets, and stay at a selected hotel for a minimum stay. Because of this, 7–4 UCLA declined an invitation to the 2001 Humanitarian Bowl.[8]

Beginning in 2008, the Humanitarian Bowl (in conjunction with the Truckload Carriers Association) featured a "Highway Angel", a truck driver who performed a heroic feat to save the life of another motorist. The 2008 Highway Angel, Leonard T. "Lenny" Roach, pulled a driver from a water-filled ditch near South Bend, Indiana, even though the wind chill factor was −20 °F (−29 °C).[9] The 2009 Highway Angel, Michael Hunt, used his truck to push away a vehicle (and its driver) from a fiery collision near Spring Lake, North Carolina which had already claimed the life of the other driver.[10] The 2010 Highway Angel, Shawn L. Hubbard was honored on December 18, 2010.[11] While driving his truck near Diamond Bar, California, Hubbard came upon a fiery car crash in which the driver was deceased, but the passenger was still alive and trapped in the burning car. Hubbard freed the passenger and pulled him from the vehicle just moments before it was completely engulfed in flames.[12] The 2011 Highway Angel, Marcus Beam, received his award on December 17, 2011. Beam was driving near Benson, North Carolina when he observed a speeding car strike another vehicle, causing the second car to overturn and roll down an embankment. While other motorists watched without offering help, Beam freed the female driver from the wreckage, and pulled two small children from the mangled vehicle as well.[13] The 2012 Highway Angel, Kenny Cass, was honored on December 15, 2012. Cass was driving in Portland, Oregon when he witnessed a pick-up truck rear-end a 53' tractor trailer and become wedged up to its windshield under the trailer. Cass made the scene safe by placing emergency triangles on the road, freed the pick-up truck driver from his vehicle while smoke billowed from beneath the truck and tended to the drivers wounds until emergency personnel arrived 20 minutes later.[14]

Game results

Blue turf of Albertsons Stadium
No. Date Winning Team Losing Team notes
1 December 29, 1997 Cincinnati 35 Utah State 19 notes
2 December 30, 1998 Idaho 42 Southern Miss 35 notes
3 December 30, 1999 Boise State 34 Louisville 31 notes
4 December 28, 2000 Boise State 38 UTEP 23 notes
5 December 31, 2001 Clemson 49 Louisiana Tech 24 notes
6 December 31, 2002 Boise State 34 Iowa State 16 notes
7 January 3, 2004 Georgia Tech 52 Tulsa 10 notes
8 December 27, 2004* Fresno State 37 Virginia 34* notes
9 December 28, 2005 Boston College 27 Boise State 21 notes
10 December 31, 2006 Miami (FL) 21 Nevada 20 notes
11 December 31, 2007 Fresno State 40 Georgia Tech 28 notes
12 December 30, 2008 Maryland 42 Nevada 35 notes
13 December 30, 2009 Idaho 43 Bowling Green 42 notes
14 December 18, 2010 Northern Illinois 40 Fresno State 17 notes
15 December 17, 2011 Ohio 24 Utah State 23 notes
16 December 15, 2012 Utah State 41 Toledo 15 notes
17 December 21, 2013 San Diego State 49 Buffalo 24 notes
18 December 20, 2014 Air Force 38 Western Michigan 24 notes

Number of overtime periods indicated with *


Year MVPs Team Pos.
1997 Steve Smith Utah State WR
Chad Plummer Cincinnati QB
1998 Lee Roberts Southern Miss QB
John Welsh Idaho QB
1999 Brock Forsey Boise State RB
Chris Redman Louisville QB
2000 Bart Hendricks Boise State QB
Chris Porter UTEP RB
2001 Woodrow Dantzler Clemson QB
Delwyn Daigre Louisiana Tech WR
2002 Bobby Hammer Boise State DT
Anthony Forrest Iowa State DB
Jan. 2004 P. J. Daniels Georgia Tech RB
Cort Moffitt Tulsa P
Dec. 2004 Paul Pinegar Fresno State QB
Marques Hagans Virginia QB
2005 Matt Ryan Boston College QB
Jared Zabransky Boise State QB
2006 Kirby Freeman Miami QB
Jeff Rowe Nevada QB
2007 Tom Brandstater Fresno State QB
Jonathan Dwyer Georgia Tech RB
2008 Da'Rel Scott Maryland RB
Colin Kaepernick Nevada QB
2009 DeMaundray Woolridge Idaho RB
Freddie Barnes Bowling Green WR
2010 Chandler Harnish Northern Illinois QB
Ryan Colburn Fresno State QB
2011 LaVon Brazill Ohio WR
Michael Smith Utah State RB
2012 Kerwynn Williams Utah State RB
Bernard Reedy Toledo WR
2013 Adam Muema San Diego State RB
Branden Oliver Buffalo RB
2014 Shayne Davern Air Force RB
Corey Davis Western Michigan WR

Most appearances

Rank Team Appearances Record
1 Boise State 4 3–1
T2 Fresno State 3 2–1
Utah State 3 1–2
T3 Idaho 2 2–0
Georgia Tech 2 1–1
Nevada 2 0–2
T8 Air Force 1 1–0
Boston College 1 1–0
Cincinnati 1 1–0
Clemson 1 1–0
Maryland 1 1–0
Miami 1 1–0
Northern Illinois 1 1–0
Ohio 1 1–0
San Diego State 1 1–0
Bowling Green 1 0–1
Buffalo 1 0–1
Iowa State 1 0–1
Louisiana Tech 1 0–1
Louisville 1 0–1
Southern Miss 1 0–1
Toledo 1 0–1
Tulsa 1 0–1
UTEP 1 0–1
Virginia 1 0–1
Western Michigan 1 0-1

Wins by conference

Conference Wins Losses Pct.
ACC 5 2 .714
Western Athletic 5 7 .416
Big West 3 1 .750
MAC 2 2 .500
Conference USA 1 3 .250
Big 12 0 1 .000

Game records

Team Performance vs. Opponent Year
Most points scored 52, Georgia Tech vs. Tulsa Jan. 2004
Fewest points allowed 10, Georgia Tech vs. Tulsa Jan. 2004
Margin of victory 42, Georgia Tech vs. Tulsa Jan. 2004
First downs 29, Fresno State vs. Georgia Tech 2007
Rushing yards 371, Georgia Tech vs. Tulsa Jan. 2004
Passing yards 401, Louisiana Tech vs. Clemson 2001
Total yards 582, Utah State vs. Toledo 2012
Individual Player, Team Year
Points scored 18, many times (Last:Chandler Harnish, Northern Illinois) 2010
Passing touchdowns 5, Paul Pinegar, Fresno State 2004
Rushing yards 307, P.J. Daniels, Georgia Tech 2004
Passing yards 387, Tyler Sheehan, Bowling Green 2009
Receiving Yards 219, Freddie Barnes, Bowling Green 2009


Year Attendance Teams
1997 16,289 Cincinnati vs. Utah State
1998 19,667 Southern Miss vs. Idaho
1999 29,500 Boise State vs. Louisville
2000 26,203 Boise State vs. UTEP
2001 25,364 Clemson vs. Louisiana Tech
2002 30,446 Boise State vs. Iowa State
Jan. 2004 23,114 Georgia Tech vs. Tulsa
Dec. 2004 28,516 Fresno State vs. Virginia
2005 30,112 Boise State vs. Boston College
2006 28,654 Miami vs. Nevada
2007 27,062 Fresno State vs. Georgia Tech
2008 26,781 Maryland vs. Nevada
2009 26,726 Bowling Green vs. Idaho
2010 25,449 Fresno State vs. Northern Illinois
2011 28,076 Ohio vs. Utah State
2012 29,243 Utah State vs. Toledo
2013 21,951 Buffalo vs. San Diego State
2014 18,223 Air Force vs. Western Michigan

Television coverage


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  8. ^ UCLA Addresses Bowl Situation - Statement from UCLA athletic director Peter Dalis
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External links

  • Official website
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