Dec. 16, 2011
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BOISE, Idaho - The Ohio University football team (9-4) will make its third straight bowl appearance on Saturday as it faces of in the 2011 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl against the Utah State Aggies (7-5) inside Bronco Stadium. The game will be aired live on ESPN.
Ohio and Utah State will meet for the second time in school history on Saturday in the 2011 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. Utah State claimed the only meeting between the two teams back on Sept. 17, 1994, winning 5-0 in Peden Stadium.
The Bobcats are in search of their first-ever bowl victory. A win over the Aggies would give the Bobcats their fourth win in their last five games and would mark the best finish to a season since 2000 when it won four of its last five games. An Ohio victory would also be the Bobcats' 10th win on the season. The Bobcats have not won 10 games in a single season since 1968.
Ohio has set nine school records in 2011, including the program mark for points in a single season with 403. The Bobcats rank fourth in the MAC in both total offense (452.4) and total defense (355.2).
Sophomore quarterback Tyler Tettleton (Norman, Okla.) leads the team offensively. In 201l, Tettleton became the first Ohio signal-caller to pass for over 3,000 yards. He also accounted for 35 touchdowns. Seniors LaVon Brazill (Lantana, Fla.) and Donte Harden (Erie, Pa.) have also put together strong seasons.
Brazill became the first Ohio receiver to surpass 1,000 yards, while Harden is just 61 yards shy of becoming the eighth running back in school history to rush for 1,000 yards in a single season.
Senior linebacker Noah Keller leads the way defensively after he tallied team-best 105 tackles.
Utah State finished the year with five-straight victories and brings the nation's sixth-ranked rushing attack into Bronco Stadium, led by junior running back Robert Turbin. Utah State faced a tough out-of-conference schedule and lost narrowly to two national powers, Auburn and BYU. Utah State's last bowl appearance was in 1997 vs. Cincinnati in the same venue, the formerly-named Humanitarian Bowl. Overall, this will be Utah State's seventh bowl appearance in the program's history.
Saturday night's game can also be heard live on the Citizens Bank Ohio IMG Sports Network with "Voice of the Bobcats" Russ Eisenstein, Rob Cornelius and Brian Boesch calling all of the action. Airtime begins at 4:30 p.m. ET.