Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl logo.jpg
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Logo
Stadium Bronco Stadium
Location Boise, Idaho
Operated 1997–present
Conference tie-ins WAC, MAC
Previous conference tie-ins Big West, C-USA, ACC, MWC
Payout US$750,000 (As of 2008)
Crucial.com (1999–2002)
MPC Computers (Dec. 2004 – 2006)
Roady's Truck Stops (2007–2009)
uDrove (2010)
Idaho Potato Commission (2011–present)
Former names
Humanitarian Bowl (1997–1998)
Crucial.com Humanitarian Bowl (1999–2002)
Humanitarian Bowl (Jan. 2004)
MPC Computers Bowl (Dec. 2004 – 2006)
U Drove Humanitarian Bowl (2010)
2010 matchup
Northern Illinois vs. Fresno State (NIU 40–17)
2011 matchup
(December 17, 2011)

The Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (formerly the Humanitarian Bowl) is a post-season NCAA-sanctioned Division I FBS college football bowl game that has been played annually at 33,500-seat Bronco Stadium on the campus of Boise State University in Boise, Idaho, since 1997. The game currently matches a team from the Western Athletic Conference, usually the conference's champion, with one from the Mid-American Conference and is televised nationally on the ESPN family of networks. The MAC replaces the Mountain West Conference after the folding of the Toronto-based International Bowl. Cincinnati defeated Utah State, 35–19, in the inaugural Humanitarian Bowl in 1997. The Northern Illinois Huskies are the current Humanitarian Bowl champions after defeating the Fresno State Bulldogs, 40–17, in 2010.

For its first four years, the Humanitarian Bowl offered an automatic bid to the Big West Conference champion after that conference lost its contract with the Las Vegas Bowl. From 1997 to 1999, the opponent was a team from Conference USA, while in 2000 an at-large was chosen. After the 2000 Humanitarian Bowl, the Big West Conference stopped sponsoring football and the automatic bid instead went to the WAC, where it remains to this day. With Boise State moving to the Mountain West Conference in 2011, the bowl tie-ins may eventually change, but the WAC will send a team for at least the 2011 season.

The game was sponsored by Micron Technology, an Idaho-based manufacturer, from 1999 to 2002 under the name Crucial.com, which sells 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 was formerly MicronPC, the computer manufacturing division of Micron, but split from Micron and has no affiliation with Micron. In April 2007, it was announced that the bowl will again be called the Humanitarian Bowl.[1] In May 2007, Boise-based Roady's Truck Stops was announced as the new sponsor, thus renaming the game the Roady's Humanitarian Bowl.[2] On May 25, 2010, mobile business application, uDrove became the sponsor of the Humanitarian Bowl, signing a four-year agreement to replace Roady's. uDrove is a small-business solution dedicated to making life easy for the three million-plus professional truckers throughout the U.S.[3] On August 3, 2011 The Idaho Potato Commission signed six-year naming rights deal to sponsor the Bowl[4]

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.[5]

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).[6] 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.[7] The 2010 Highway Angel, Shawn L. Hubbard was honored on December 18, 2010.[8] 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.[9]


Game results

Date Winning Team Losing Team notes
December 29, 1997 Cincinnati 35 Utah State 19 notes
December 30, 1998 Idaho 42 Southern Mississippi 35 notes
December 30, 1999 Boise State 34 Louisville 31 notes
December 28, 2000 Boise State 38 UTEP 23 notes
December 31, 2001 Clemson 49 Louisiana Tech 24 notes
December 31, 2002 Boise State 34 Iowa State 16 notes
January 3, 2004 Georgia Tech 52 Tulsa 10 notes
December 27, 2004 Fresno State 37 Virginia 34 (OT) notes
December 28, 2005 Boston College 27 Boise State 21 notes
December 31, 2006 Miami 21 Nevada 20 notes
December 31, 2007 Fresno State 40 Georgia Tech 28 notes
December 30, 2008 Maryland 42 Nevada 35 notes
December 30, 2009 Idaho 43 Bowling Green 42 notes
December 18, 2010 Northern Illinois 40 Fresno State 17 notes


Blue turf of Bronco Stadium
Year MVPs School Position
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

Most appearances

Rank Team Appearances Record
1 Boise State 4 3–1
2 Fresno State 3 2–1
T3 Idaho 2 2–0
T3 Georgia Tech 2 1–1
T3 Nevada 2 0–2
T6 Boston College 1 1–0
T6 Cincinnati 1 1–0
T6 Clemson 1 1–0
T6 Maryland 1 1–0
T6 Miami 1 1–0
T6 Northern Illinois 1 1–0
T6 Bowling Green 1 0–1
T6 Iowa State 1 0–1
T6 Louisiana Tech 1 0–1
T6 Louisville 1 0–1
T6 Southern Mississippi 1 0–1
T6 Tulsa 1 0–1
T6 Utah State 1 0–1
T6 UTEP 1 0–1
T6 Virginia 1 0–1

Wins by conference

Conference Wins Losses
ACC 5 2
Western Athletic 4 7
Big West 3 1
MAC 1 1
Conference USA 1 2
Big 12 0 1

Game records

Record Performance vs. Opponent Year
Most points scored 52, Georgia Tech vs. Tulsa Jan. 2004
Fewest points allowed 10, Georgia Tech 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 571, Fresno State vs. Georgia Tech 2007
Record Player, Team Year
Most points scored 18, many times (Last:Chandler Harnish, Northern Illinois) 2010
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

Television coverage

  • List of Famous Idaho Potato Bowl broadcasters

Former logos


External links

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