ATHENS, Ohio -- On Dec. 17, 2011, the Ohio football team made program history when it won its first bowl game in program history courtesy of a 24-23 triumph over Utah State in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.
Just over eight years later, on Jan. 3, 2020, the Bobcats (6-6, 5-3 MAC) will be back in Boise, Idaho, to take on Nevada (7-5, 4-4 MW) in the 23rd Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, which will kick off at 3:30 p.m. ET/1:30 p.m. MT. Ohio will be seeking its fifth bowl win in program history and program-record third in a row.
Before looking ahead to January's showdown at Albertsons Stadium, OhioBobcats.com is taking a look back at the historic first bowl win in 2011.
2011 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
Ohio 24, Utah State 23
Dec. 17, 2011
MVP: WR LaVon Brazill
In its third-straight bowl appearance and fourth overall under head coach Frank Solich, Ohio rallied for a thrilling win over Utah State in the 2011 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl in Boise, Idaho. The Bobcats trailed 9-0 after one quarter of play, but quarterback Tyler Tettleton helped cut the deficit to two points when he threw a 26-yard touchdown pass to tight end Derek Roback with just under five minutes to play in the first half. Running back Michael Smith produced touchdown runs of 63 yards and 11 yards in the third quarter, though, to push the Aggies' lead to 23-10. Wide receiver LaVon Brazill kept the Bobcats in it, however, hauling in a 44-yard scoring strike from Tettleton with 3:45 remaining in the third quarter. Ohio's defense clamped down in the fourth quarter and forced Utah State to punt with just two minutes remaining. Tettleton then engineered a nine-play, 61-yard drive that was kept alive by a critical fourth-down completion to Brazill and capped off by the quarterback keeping it himself and scoring from a yard out with 13 seconds left. Kicker Matt Weller then clinched a 24-23 win for the Bobcats by knocking down the extra point. Brazill was named Most Valuable Player after tallying eight receptions for 108 yards and a score.