Famous Idaho Potato Bowl preview with Brian Roth

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl preview with Brian Roth

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl preview with Brian Roth

Linehan made his critical statement immediately after the team finished a 9-4 season with a 61-50 victory over Colorado State in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl on Thursday night. In those games the Rams beat New Mexico and San Diego State while scoring a combined 112 points and holding each opponent to 31. CSU scored the first points of the game at the beginning of the 2nd quarter on a 52-yard touchdown pass.

It isn't exactly a group of castoffs, but Matt Linehan, Buck Cowan, Tueni Lupeamanu and Tony Lashley still don't look like much in the eyes of Vegas oddsmakers and other pundits.

Instead, it was the Idaho rushing attack that controlled the iconic blue turf of Albertsons Stadium, spearheaded by 147 yards and three touchdowns from tailback Isaiah Saunders.

The Rams offense had difficulty gaining traction against a relentless Vandal defense, and were held to 281 total yards and two touchdowns entering the fourth quarter. The Colorado State Rams were predicted to win by 13 points, but the Vandals put it on them offensively making it through nearly the entire third quarter with 41 unanswered points.

Idaho's April scores regressed to a point that the NCAA had to step in and hand down sanctions. Linehan also added a 7-yard touchdown run in the third quarter to extend the Vandals lead to 27-7.

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Rams sophomore receiver Olabisi Johnson racked up 265 yards on seven catches, including two long touchdown grabs.

- This is Idaho's first bowl trip since winning the Humanitarian Bowl after the 2009 season, 43-42 over Bowling Green. It would need no late-game miracle this time. But just like they did in their 28-23 loss to Boise State earlier in the year on the same field, the Rams left their best for last.

"People can expect delays in that area about four hours prior to the game and about two hours following the game", Ada County Highway District spokesperson Nicole DuBois said. We played 60 minutes, doesn't matter what the scoreboard says. In April, the Sun Belt informed the school it was dropping Idaho after the 2017 season.

Hopefully, that same university will show them the effort and faith they did despite the impending move down to the FCS level.

"We were 2-0 against the Mountain West this year, we'd look pretty good in that conference", Petrino said. "And that's to be as good a coach as I can and to make sure they all graduate".

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