UB Bulls in Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
by Buck Quigley - posted 12:25 pm, December 9, 2013
The UB Bulls have received a bowl bid for their performance on the gridiron this season. The team will travel to Boise, ID, to face the San Diego State Aztecs of the Mountain West Conference on December 21 at the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.
The Famous Idaho Potato Bowl was known as the Humanitarian Bowl from 1997-2010—except for 2004-2006, when it was known as the MPC Computers Bowl before MPC Corporation went bankrupt in 2008. Between 2007-2009, the Humanitarian Bowl was sponsored by Roady’s Truck Stops. In 2011, the Idaho Potato Commission picked up sponsorship of the game, dropping the “humanitarian” thing altogether and going simply with the “Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.”
Below is a commercial showing why it dominates over other bowl games like the AT&T Cotton Bowl, the Allstate Sugar Bowl, the Discover Orange Bowl, the Vizio Rose Bowl and the Hyundai Sun Bowl…
Bronco stadium in Boise, where this longest-running outdoor bowl game in a cold-weather venue is held, is also noteworthy for it’s blue artificial field surface. According to the Weather Channel, December is both the coldest and wettest month in Boise with temperatures ranging from lows of 24 degrees to highs of 37.
UB president Satish Tripathi has this to say:
I am delighted to announce that our UB Bulls football team has received a bid to play in the 2013 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl against San Diego State on Saturday, Dec. 21, our first bowl invitation since 2008.
This is exciting news for Bulls fans everywhere and for our entire university community. This bid is well-deserved recognition of the remarkable efforts of our football team over a standout season.
As we advance our prominence as one of the nation’s great research universities, our success in building a nationally competitive Division I athletic program is a significant element in our broader vision of institutional excellence. Under the leadership of Athletic Director Danny White, our intercollegiate athletic program is competing with steadily growing success on a national stage. This most recent bowl bid is another tangible reminder of how much we have achieved, and of our great promise for the future. Our bowl appearance provides UB with another national stage on which to showcase our academic, research and athletic excellence.
My heartiest congratulations to AD White, Coach Jeff Quinn and his coaching staff, and to all of our players on this great achievement. The accomplishments of our student athletes—both on and off the field—are a source of pride and inspiration for all of us at UB.
More details about the game schedule will be shared on www.ubbulls.com as they become available. Meanwhile, please join me in congratulating our Bulls on an outstanding season, and in cheering them on as they prepare to compete at an even greater level of excellence.
Satish K. Tripathi