Famous Idaho Potato Bowl: Utah State Dices Toledo 41-15

A close, low-scoring game through three quarters turned into a blowout as Utah State running Back Kerwynn Williams made curly fries of the depleted Rockets defense, rushing for 235 yards.

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Utah State runs away in the fourth quarter

Yikes. Remember when this was a close game? The Rockets got close to the end zone a few times but could only muster a field goal, making it 13-9, and that's when Kerwynn Williams drove through Toledo so many times, he single-handedly financed a new turnpike. Touchdown runs of 63, 5 and 25 yards salted the game away, and he finished with 235 yards.

Terrance Owens finally showed up in the game in the fourth quarter but wasn't terribly effective: 6-for-17 for 30 yards. He caught an 11-yard pass on a throwback from Dwight Macon, but that was it. Bernard Reedy tacked on a kickoff return touchdown, a brilliant play to cut the lead to 19 points, and they even recovered an onside kick, but did nothing with it.

But the WAC champion Utah State Aggies won their bowl game and sent the WAC into the sunset correctly, which is nice.

Toledo finishes their season at 9-4, so let the Matt Campbell coaching rumors continue.


Aggies lead Toledo after 3, 13-7

The Rockets finally looked to be moving the ball midway through the 3rd quarter, and managed to find themselves 1st and 10 at the Aggies 15, but when Austin Dantin targed Alonzo Russel in the endzone, Kyler Fackrell instead picked it off at the 10 yard line to deny the Rockets any points. Also of note, Toledo is starting to get penalty-happy again (I'm starting to think they're allergic to ESPN camera crews); some untimely Delay of Game penalties have turned 3rd and mediums into 3rd and longs.

So far, the only scoring has been another Diaz field goal on the opening drive of the half. It's been a tough game to watch, but if there's one thing Toledo taught me in the Cincinnati game, it's that any facet of the game can spark this team. And as they start the 4th quarter, an injured Terrance Owens has stepped in to try to provide that spark.


Offenses stuck, Toledo trails Utah St 10-6 at Half

Jeremiah Detmer kicked another 37 yard field goal a few minutes into the second half to bring Toledo to within a point, but the offenses for both teams still seem to be stuck in neutral. That is, until the final drive; after the Rockets pinned Utah State at their 6 yard line, they marched 86 yards in 10 plays, using big pass plays up the middle to exploit the hole left by the absence of Dan Molls. A chipshot FG by Nick Diaz put the Aggies back up by 4.

Aggies receive the second half kick.


After 1, the Rockets trail Utah State 7-3

No sooner did I write that the defense was holding up nicely without Dan Molls, Chuckie Keeton broke off a 62 yard touchdown run to take the lead 7 to 3. And as if losing Molls wasn't bad enough, David Fluellen also came out of the game, possible re-injuring his ankle. We'll see if he comes back, but with key players going down, this could get ugly for all the wrong reasons.


Molls Knocked Out on Opening Kick

Don't know why he was out on kick return coverage, but senior linebacker Dan Molls had his bell rung on the opening kick, and is watching the last game of his career from the sidelines. He's still in his uniform, but is sitting on the trainers table with his mom sitting next to him. It would be a tough end for a senior leader and the nation's leading tackler.

For what it's worth, the defense is so far doing a great job containing the Aggies, with a couple of tackles for loss on the opening drive.


Gamethread: I got a bad feeling about this

I am not a very large fan of using Vegas odds to determine outcomes in bowl games, but I can read the tea leaves when all seven MAC teams playing in bowl games are listed as underdogs. The conference could very well go 0-7 in postseason, which would be a sour ending to the most improbably magical season in MAC football history.

Would that change our perspective of this conference's depth and strength? Or can we attribute it to a random chance of completely unfathomable matchups that turned out to go against the MAC in every aspect? After all, a ranked WAC champion is playing perhaps the MAC's third or fourth best team, for starters.

But I suppose we're about to find out just how they're going to play against everybody else, starting with this game in Boise. Even this breadstick-loving BGSU man is saying: Go Rockets.


Austin Dantin will start Potato Bowl as QB


Well, this was a possibility. Dantin. the embattled senior, started the season finale against Akron due to an Owens injury and did quite well, throwing five touchdowns and completing over 80 percent of his passes against Akron.

I recall after their win over Bowling Green, Matt Campbell was asked about him and said they would need Austin Dantin this season, even though Owens was playing 100 percent of QB snaps at the time. But it looks like we're back to the two-QB system, everybody!

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