The 2012-2013 Bowl Blitz Invitational continues today with the second part of the Bowl Season’s opening day double-header, the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl between the Toledo Rockets (9-3, 6-2 MAC) and the #22 Utah State Aggies (10-2, 6-0 WAC). Eric Veneziano, a community member at The Gaming Tailgate and a frequent contributor to last year’s project, took control of the Aggies on the blue turf of Bronco Stadium.
Rockets soar to victory over #22 Utah State in Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
Boise, I.D. – The Famous Idaho Potato Bowl featured two teams that had very good years with Utah State jumping into the top 25 after a 10-2 season and Toledo falling just one win short of a 10-win season.
The game started out ugly and never really changed after that. On the first play of the game, Utah State came out in the wishbone and had the option play blown up, fumbling the ball away to Toledo to set up the 1st score of the game: a 3-yard option keeper by QB #2.
After the heartbreaking start Utah State just never got it going, giving up another touchdown on a 4 yard option keeper from Toledo’s backup QB #4.
The defense for the Aggies did play well throughout the game only giving up 10 points after that initial turnover and shutting out the Rockets in the 2nd half but the offense just wasn’t on track.
The lone bright spot for Utah State was a long 78-yard TD pass late in the first half. Even that small victory was undone by a Toledo fourth down conversion on the ensuing possession which set up a field goal just before halftime.
Player of the Game: Toledo QB #2, who despite throwing for only 48 yards and an interception rushed for 53 yards and a touchdown.
It was over when… Toledo kicked a field goal as time expired to close out the first half. Rarely can you make the call that the game was over this early but Utah State just didn’t have it in them today.
Game Ball goes to… Toledo QB #4. With the starting QB knocked out of the game briefly in the 2nd quarter, QB #4 stepped in and led two scoring drives that all but sealed the victory.
Stat of the Game: 100%. That was Toledo’s 4th Down Conversion rate. The Rockets lined up to punt on their own 37 yard line on a 4th and 6 late in the first half and called a fake punt pass to convert the 1st Down. This gutsy play led to a last-second field goal to swing the momentum back in their favor.
Statistical Tidbits: Toledo’s defense tied the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl game record for fewest points allowed with 10, matching the performance of Georgia Tech in the 2004 game. … The Rockets scored 3 out of 4 times in the red zone while Utah State didn’t have one red zone trip. … The Aggies did win the turnover battle, losing one fumble while Toledo lost a fumble and an interception. … Possession in the game was nearly dead even, with Toledo holding onto the ball for only 38 seconds more than Utah State.