Dec. 13, 2011
BOISE, Idaho - The Ohio University football team arrived in Boise, Idaho on Tuesday to begin preparation for their matchup against Utah State in the 2011 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. Before they hit the practice field, the Cats' took part in the Strikes for Spuds charity bowling event at Westy's Garden Lanes.
The two teams jointly raised 2,600 pounds of potato products during the event. Potato products were donated by two Idaho-based companies, the J.R. Simplot Company and Potandon Produce and were matched by the Food Services of America.
The event featured both teams' offensive and defensive squads facing off against each other. Utah State won the event with a two-game score of 238 to Ohio's 211.
The donated potato products will be split between hometown and Boise-based charities to be used in their community outreach efforts.
"This is a great opportunity for the teams to stay loose and have some fun for an important cause and a wonderful way for us to kick-off our experience in Boise," said Frank Solich, Ohio head coach.
Ohio players represented the Southeastern Ohio Regional Food Center in Logan, Ohio and Meals on Wheels in Boise, contributing 600 pounds for each charity.
"If the competition on the lanes today was any indication, we're going to see a great game on the field on Saturday," said Kevin McDonald, executive director of the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. "We couldn't provide this generous contribution to the community without the support of Simplot, Potandon Produce, and Food Services of America who have been tremendous partners to the Bowl."
The Famous Idaho Potato Bowl will be held on Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011, at 5:30 p.m. EST at Bronco Stadium in Boise, Idaho. The Bowl will feature the Ohio Bobcats (9-4) of the Mid-American Conference (MAC) against the Utah State Aggies (7-5) of the Western Athletic Conference (WAC).