The Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (previously the Humanitarian Bowl and the MPC Computers Bowl) is an NCAA-sanctioned post-season college football bowl game that has been played annually since 1997 at Albertsons Stadium on the campus of Boise State University in Boise, Idaho. The game is televised nationally on the ESPN family of networks. Cincinnati defeated Utah State in the inaugural game in 1997.
|Famous Idaho Potato Bowl|
|Location||Boise, Idaho, U.S.|
|Conference tie-ins||MWC, MAC|
|Previous conference tie-ins||Big West (1997–2000)|
|Payout||US$325,000 (as of 2015)|
Sports Humanitarian Bowl (1997)
Humanitarian Bowl (1998)
Crucial.com Humanitarian Bowl (1999–2003)
MPC Computers Bowl (2004–2006)
Roady's Humanitarian Bowl (2007–2009)
uDrove Humanitarian Bowl (2010)
|BYU vs Western Michigan (BYU 49–18)|
|2019 season matchup|
|MWC vs. MAC (January 3, 2020)|
The Humanitarian Bowl was launched in part to give the Big West Conference a bowl to send its champion to. From 1982 until the end of the 1996 season, the Big West champion faced the winner of the Mid-American Conference (MAC) championship in a bowl; this was the California Bowl until 1991 and the Las Vegas Bowl afterward. After the 1996 game the Las Vegas Bowl renegotiated its contract, forcing both conferences to look for other options. This led to the creation of the Humanitarian Bowl as well as the creation of the Detroit-based Motor City Bowl, where the MAC was to send its champion.
From 1997 to 1999, the Big West champion was matched with a team from Conference USA (C-USA), while in 2000 the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) sent a representative. The Big West stopped sponsoring football after the 2000 season, and bowl organizers extended a permanent invite to the WAC to replace the Big West as host of the game, and struck an agreement with the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) to provide a bowl-eligible team if it had yet to fill its bowl allotment. The WAC champion would receive the automatic bid to the game unless that team received a better offer from another bowl game or qualified for the Bowl Championship Series (BCS).
The WAC and ACC met in the 2001 through 2008 editions of the bowl, except for 2002 when the ACC's slot was filled by Iowa State of the Big 12 Conference. In 2009, the Mountain West Conference was to provide a team, but Mountain West champion TCU was selected for the Fiesta Bowl and the conference did not have enough bowl-eligible teams to send a replacement; as a result, Bowling Green of the Mid-American Conference (MAC) was invited. In 2010, the bowl inherited the MAC's International Bowl tie-in after that Toronto-based bowl folded; the bowl featured a MAC vs. WAC matchup through 2012.
After the WAC stopped sponsoring football in 2012, Mountain West inherited its spot as host, reaching agreement with the bowl to provide a team, starting with the December 2013 edition. The bowl featured MAC vs. Mountain West matchups in the 2013 through 2015 games. In 2016, the bowl invited in-state Idaho of the Sun Belt Conference in place of a MAC team. The 2017 edition returned to MAC vs. Mountain West, while in the 2018 edition, independent BYU was invited in place of a Mountain West team.
The game was sponsored by Micron Technology, an Idaho-based manufacturer, from 1999 to 2002 under the name Crucial.com, which sold 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, which is also based in Idaho, was formerly MicronPC, the computer manufacturing division of Micron, but was later split off as a separate company. In April 2007, it was announced that the bowl will again be called the Humanitarian Bowl. In May 2007, Boise-based Roady's Truck Stops was announced as the new sponsor, thus renaming the game the Roady's Humanitarian Bowl. On May 25, 2010, uDrove, a maker of applications for the transportation industry, became the sponsor of the Humanitarian Bowl, signing a four-year agreement to replace Roady's. On August 3, 2011, the Idaho Potato Commission (IPC) signed a six-year naming rights deal to sponsor the bowl, renaming it the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. In December 2017, IPC announced that they would be sponsoring the bowl for an additional five years.
The game 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.
From 2008 through 2012, bowl organizers, in conjunction with the Truckload Carriers Association, featured a "Highway Angel of the Year" to game attendees. Highway Angels are truck drivers who performed a heroic feat to save the life of another motorist.
|No.||Date||Bowl name||Winning Team||Losing Team||Attnd.|
|1||December 29, 1997||Humanitarian Bowl||Cincinnati||35||Utah State||19||16,289|
|2||December 30, 1998||Humanitarian Bowl||Idaho||42||Southern Miss||35||19,667|
|3||December 30, 1999||Humanitarian Bowl||Boise State||34||Louisville||31||29,500|
|4||December 28, 2000||Humanitarian Bowl||Boise State||38||UTEP||23||26,203|
|5||December 31, 2001||Humanitarian Bowl||Clemson||49||Louisiana Tech||24||25,364|
|6||December 31, 2002||Humanitarian Bowl||Boise State||34||Iowa State||16||30,446|
|7||January 3, 2004||Humanitarian Bowl||Georgia Tech||52||Tulsa||10||23,114|
|8||December 27, 2004||MPC Computers Bowl||Fresno State||37||Virginia||34 (OT)||23,114|
|9||December 28, 2005||MPC Computers Bowl||Boston College||27||Boise State||21||30,112|
|10||December 31, 2006||MPC Computers Bowl||Miami (FL)||21||Nevada||20||28,654|
|11||December 31, 2007||Humanitarian Bowl||Fresno State||40||Georgia Tech||28||27,062|
|12||December 30, 2008||Humanitarian Bowl||Maryland||42||Nevada||35||26,781|
|13||December 30, 2009||Humanitarian Bowl||Idaho||43||Bowling Green||42||26,726|
|14||December 18, 2010||Humanitarian Bowl||Northern Illinois||40||Fresno State||17||25,449|
|15||December 17, 2011||Famous Idaho Potato Bowl||Ohio||24||Utah State||23||28,076|
|16||December 15, 2012||Famous Idaho Potato Bowl||Utah State||41||Toledo||15||29,243|
|17||December 21, 2013||Famous Idaho Potato Bowl||San Diego State||49||Buffalo||24||21,951|
|18||December 20, 2014||Famous Idaho Potato Bowl||Air Force||38||Western Michigan||24||18,223|
|19||December 22, 2015||Famous Idaho Potato Bowl||Akron||23||Utah State||21||18,876|
|20||December 22, 2016||Famous Idaho Potato Bowl||Idaho||61||Colorado State||50||24,975|
|21||December 22, 2017||Famous Idaho Potato Bowl||Wyoming||37||Central Michigan||14||16,512|
|22||December 21, 2018||Famous Idaho Potato Bowl||BYU||49||Western Michigan||18||18,711|
From 1997 through 2014, the bowl named an MVP from each team; since 2015, a single MVP has been named.
|Year||Winning team MVP||Losing team MVP|
|1997||Chad Plummer||Cincinnati||QB||Steve Smith||Utah State||WR|
|1998||John Welsh||Idaho||QB||Lee Roberts||Southern Miss||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 (FL)||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|
|2011||LaVon Brazill||Ohio||WR||Michael Smith||Utah State||RB|
|2012||Kerwynn Williams||Utah State||RB||Bernard Reedy||Toledo||WR|
|2013||Adam Muema||San Diego State||RB||Branden Oliver||Buffalo||RB|
|2014||Shayne Davern||Air Force||RB||Corey Davis||Western Michigan||WR|
Boise State, the game's host school, is tied with Idaho for most wins with three, and Fresno State has won twice. Boise State and Utah State have made the most appearances, four each; the Broncos last played 13 years ago, in 2005. Idaho was a member of a different conference for each of its three appearances (Big West in 1998, WAC in 2009, and Sun Belt in 2016).
Of the current 12 members of Mountain West, eight have appeared in the bowl—Air Force, Boise State, Colorado State, Fresno State, Nevada, San Diego State, Utah State, and Wyoming—either as members of Mountain West or the WAC. The four that have yet to play are Hawaii, New Mexico, San Jose State, and UNLV.
The below tables are updated through the December 2018 edition (22 games, 44 total appearances).
Won: Air Force, Akron, Boston College, BYU, Cincinnati, Clemson, Maryland, Miami, Northern Illinois, Ohio, San Diego State, Wyoming
Lost: Bowling Green, Buffalo, Central Michigan, Colorado State, Iowa State, Louisiana Tech, Louisville, Southern Miss, Toledo, Tulsa, UTEP, Virginia
Updated through the December 2018 edition (22 games, 44 total appearances).
|Conference||Record||Appearances by season|
|WAC||13||5||8||0.385||2002, 2004, 2007, 2009, 2012||2000, 2001, 2003*, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2011|
|MAC||9||3||6||0.333||2010, 2011, 2015||2009, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017, 2018|
|ACC||7||5||2||0.714||2001, 2003*, 2005, 2006, 2008||2004, 2007|
|Mountain West||5||3||2||0.600||2013, 2014, 2017||2015, 2016|
|Big West||4||3||1||0.750||1998, 1999, 2000||1997|
|Team||Performance vs. Opponent||Year|
|Most points scored, one team||61, Idaho vs. Colorado State||2016|
|Most points scored, both teams||111, Idaho (61) vs. Colorado State (50)||2016|
|Most points scored, losing team||50, Colorado State vs. Idaho||2016|
|Fewest points allowed||10, Georgia Tech vs. Tulsa||Jan. 2004|
|Largest margin of victory||42, Georgia Tech vs. Tulsa||Jan. 2004|
|Smallest margin of victory||1, three occurrences||2006, 2009, 2011|
|First downs||30, Idaho vs. Colorado State||2016|
|Rushing yards||371, Georgia Tech vs. Tulsa||Jan. 2004|
|Passing yards||445, Colorado State vs. Idaho||2016|
|Total yards||606, Idaho vs. Colorado State||2016|
|Fewest yards allowed|
|Fewest rushing yards allowed||-56, Georgia Tech vs. Tulsa||Jan. 2004|
|Fewest passing yards allowed|
|Points scored||18, many times (last: Chandler Harnish, Northern Illinois)||2010|
|Passing touchdowns||5, twice (last: Nick Stevens, Colorado State)||2016|
|Rushing yards||307, P. J. Daniels, Georgia Tech||2004|
|Passing yards||445, Nick Stevens, Colorado State||2016|
|Receiving Yards||265, Olabisi Johnson, Colorado State||2016|
|Long Plays||Record, Player, Team vs. Opponent||Year|
|Touchdown run||77, Bart Hendricks, Boise State vs. UTEP||2000|
|Touchdown pass||78, Sam Shields, Miami (FL) vs. Nevada||2006|
|Kickoff return||99, Torrey Smith, Maryland vs. Nevada||2008|
|Punt return||92, Quinton Jones, Boise State vs. Boston College||2005|
|Interception return||80, Shanaurd Harts, Boise State vs. Louisville||1999|
|Fumble return||60, Dexter Walker, Air Force vs. Western Michigan||2014|
|Field goal||51, Michael Cklamovski, Northern Illinois vs. Fresno State||2010|
The 1997 Humanitarian Bowl was the inaugural edition of the bowl game now known as the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. It featured the Cincinnati Bearcats of Conference USA and the Utah State Aggies of the Big West Conference. This was Cincinnati's first bowl game in 46 years and first bowl win since 1949.Kickoff was at 1:30 pm MST and it was televised by ESPN2.2005 MPC Computers Bowl
The 2005 MPC Computers Bowl was the ninth edition of the bowl game. It featured the Boise State Broncos and the Boston College Eagles. Though playing at home on its blue "Smurf Turf", where it held a 31-game winning streak, WAC co-champion Boise State was unable to get its usually potent offense on track early, falling behind ACC rep Boston College by 24 at halftime before losing, 27–21.2007 Humanitarian Bowl
The 2007 Roady's Humanitarian Bowl, part of the 2007-08 NCAA football bowl games season, was played on December 31, 2007 at Bronco Stadium on the campus of Boise State University in Boise, Idaho.
Once again, the invited teams were from the Atlantic Coast Conference (Georgia Tech) and Western Athletic Conference (Fresno State).
The Yellow Jackets were in a transition period between previous head coach Chan Gailey, fired in late November, and new head coach Paul Johnson, hired on December 7. Jon Tenuta, the team's defensive coordinator, coached the "Ramblin' Wreck" in this game.2010 Humanitarian Bowl
The 2010 Humanitarian Bowl (officially known as the UDrove Humanitarian Bowl) was the fourteenth edition of the college football bowl game, and was played at Bronco Stadium in Boise, Idaho, on the campus of Boise State University. The game started at 3:30 pm MST on Saturday, December 18, 2010 and was telecast on ESPN. The game featured the Fresno State Bulldogs from the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) versus the Northern Illinois Huskies from the Mid-American Conference (MAC). Despite having been abandoned by their coach of three years, Northern Illinois defeated Fresno State 40–17.
UDrove was the new title sponsor of the game. UDrove is affiliated with the games previous sponsor, Roady's Truck Stops.2011 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
The 2011 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, the 15th edition of the game, was a post-season American college football bowl game, held on December 17, 2011 at Bronco Stadium on the campus of Boise State University in Boise, Idaho as part of the 2011–12 NCAA Bowl season.
This was the first year the game was known as the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. The game was known as the Humanitarian Bowl in 2010.
The game, which was telecast at 3:30 p.m. MT on ESPN, featured the Utah State Aggies from the Western Athletic Conference (WAC), and the Ohio Bobcats from the Mid-American Conference.
Utah State accepted a bid to compete in the 2011 edition of the game on November 28, with Ohio accepting the other bid on December 4.2011 Ohio Bobcats football team
The 2011 Ohio Bobcats football team represented Ohio University in the 2011 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Bobcats were led by seventh-year head coach Frank Solich and played their home games at Peden Stadium. They were a member of the East Division of the Mid-American Conference (MAC). Ohio finished the season 10–4, 6–2 in MAC play to be champions of the East Division. They represented the division in the MAC Championship Game where they lost to Northern Illinois. They were invited to the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl where they defeated Utah State for their first bowl victory in school history.2012 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
The 2012 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl was a post-season American college football bowl game held on December 15, 2012 at Bronco Stadium in Boise, Idaho in the United States. The sixteenth edition of the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl began at 2:30 p.m. MST and aired on ESPN. It featured the Toledo Rockets from the Mid-American Conference against the Western Athletic Conference champion Utah State Aggies, and was the final game of the 2012 NCAA Division I FBS football season for both teams. The Rockets accepted their invitation after earning a 9–2 record in the regular season, while the Aggies accepted theirs after earning a 10–2 record. Utah State won the game 41–15.2013 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
The 2013 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl was an American college football bowl game that was played on December 21, 2013 at Bronco Stadium on the campus of Boise State University in Boise, Idaho. The seventeenth annual Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, it featured the Buffalo Bulls of the Mid-American Conference against the San Diego State Aztecs of the Mountain West Conference. It began at 3:30 p.m. MST and aired on ESPN. It was one of the 2013–14 bowl games that concluded the 2013 FBS football season. San Diego State defeated Buffalo, 49–24.2013 San Diego State Aztecs football team
The 2013 San Diego State Aztecs football team represented San Diego State University in the 2013 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Aztecs were led by third-year head coach Rocky Long and played their home games at Qualcomm Stadium. They were members of the West Division of the Mountain West Conference. They finished the season 8–5, 6–2 in Mountain West play to finish in second place in the West Division. They were invited to the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl where they defeated Buffalo.2014 Air Force Falcons football team
The 2014 Air Force Falcons football team represented the United States Air Force Academy in the 2014 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Falcons were led by eighth-year head coach Troy Calhoun and played their home games at Falcon Stadium. They were members of the Mountain West Conference in the Mountain Division. They finished the season 10–3, 5–3 in Mountain West play to finish in fourth place in the Mountain Division. They were invited to the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl where they defeated Western Michigan2014 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
The 2014 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl was a college football bowl game that was played on December 20, 2014 at Albertsons Stadium on the campus of Boise State University in Boise, Idaho. It was one of the 2014–15 bowl games that concluded the 2014 FBS football season. The eighteenth annual Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, it pitted the Western Michigan Broncos of the Mid-American Conference against the Air Force Falcons of the Mountain West Conference. The game started at 3:45 p.m. MST and aired on ESPN. The game was sponsored by the Idaho Potato Commission. Air Force beat Western Michigan by a score of 38–24.2015 Akron Zips football team
The 2015 Akron Zips football team represented the University of Akron in the 2015 NCAA Division I FBS football season. They were led by fourth-year head coach Terry Bowden and played their home games at InfoCision Stadium–Summa Field. They were members of the East Division of the Mid-American Conference. They finished the season 8–5, 5–3 in MAC play to finish in a tie for second place in the East Division. They were invited to the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, only the second bowl appearance in school history, where they defeated Utah State for their first ever bowl victory.2015 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
The 2015 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl was a college football bowl game that was played on December 22, 2015 at Albertsons Stadium on the campus of Boise State University in Boise, Idaho. It was one of the 2015–16 bowl games that concluded the 2015 FBS football season. The nineteenth annual Famous Idaho Potato Bowl pitted the Akron Zips of the Mid-American Conference against the Utah State Aggies of the Mountain West Conference. The game started at 1:30 p.m. MST and aired on ESPN. The game is sponsored by the Idaho Potato Commission.
It is most notable for being the first bowl game victory in school history for Akron.2016 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
The 2016 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl was a post-season American college football bowl game played on Thursday, December 22, at Albertsons Stadium in Boise, Idaho. The twentieth annual edition of the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl was one of the 2016–17 bowl games that concluded the 2016 FBS football season. Sponsored by the Idaho Potato Commission, the game is officially known as the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.2016 Idaho Vandals football team
The 2016 Idaho Vandals football team represented the University of Idaho in the 2016 NCAA Division I FBS football season. They were led by fourth-year head coach Paul Petrino and played their home games at Kibbie Dome in Moscow, Idaho. The Vandals were football-only members of the Sun Belt Conference, and finished the season at 9–4, with a 6–2 record in conference to tie for third place. They were invited to the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl in Boise, where they defeated Colorado State.2017 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
The 2017 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl was a college football bowl game played on Friday, December 22, 2017, at Albertsons Stadium in Boise, Idaho. The 21st annual Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, it was one of the 2017–18 bowl games concluding the 2017 FBS football season. The game was sponsored by the Idaho Potato Commission.The game featured the Wyoming Cowboys (7–5) of the Mountain West Conference and the Central Michigan Chippewas (8–4) of the Mid-American Conference. The teams had played twice before; in 2000 (Wyoming won, 20–10), and in 2002 (Central Michigan won, 32–20).With a temperature of 37 °F (3 °C) at kickoff, the game started at 2:05 pm MST (4:05 pm EST) and was broadcast by ESPN. The Cowboys led by twenty points at the half and defeated the Chippewas, 37–14.2018 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
The 2018 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl was a college football bowl game played on December 21, 2018. It was the 22nd edition of the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, and one of the 2018–19 bowl games concluding the 2018 FBS football season. The game was sponsored by the Idaho Potato Commission.2020 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
The 2020 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl is a college football bowl game that will be played on January 3, 2020, with kickoff scheduled for 3:30 p.m. EST (1:30 p.m. local MST) on ESPN. It will be the 23rd edition of the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, and will be one of the 2019–20 bowl games concluding the 2019 FBS football season.List of Famous Idaho Potato Bowl broadcasters
The following is a list of the television networks and announcers who have broadcast college football's Famous Idaho Potato Bowl throughout the years.
|2008||Leonard T. Roach||Roach pulled a driver from a water-filled ditch near South Bend, Indiana, even though the wind chill factor was −20 °F (−29 °C).|
|2009||Michael Hunt||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.|
|2010||Shawn L. Hubbard||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.|
|2011||Marcus Beam||While driving near Benson, North Carolina, Beam observed a speeding car strike another vehicle, causing the second car to overturn and roll down an embankment. While other motorists watched without offering help, Beam freed the female driver from the wreckage, and pulled two small children from the mangled vehicle as well.|
|2012||Kenny Cass||While driving in Portland, Oregon, Cass witnessed a pick-up truck rear-end a 53' tractor trailer and become wedged up to its windshield under the trailer. Cass made the scene safe by placing emergency triangles on the road, freed the pick-up truck driver from his vehicle while smoke billowed from beneath the truck and tended to the drivers wounds until emergency personnel arrived 20 minutes later.|
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