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The Ohio Bobcats have finally won a bowl game, defeating the Utah State Aggies in the 2011 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, 24-23. Quarterback Tyler Tettleton turned a broken play into a one-yard touchdown run for the 23-23 tie and saw his kicker connect on the extra point.
However, the final minute of play was not without controversy. It appeared that LaVon Brazill had caught a pass, fumbled it and then recovered it in the end zone for the game-tying score. However, after a ton of confusion on the call, Brazill was ruled down on the ground before he fumbled the ball (he didn't really since the ball came lose when it hit the ground). It still gave the Bobcats a fresh set of downs.
Utah State attempted a hook and ladder on the final play of the game and actually got it to work for a bit, but the final lateral wound up in the hands of the Bobcats.
Aggies running backs Michael Smith and Robert Turbin ran for 156 and 101 yards, respectively. The Aggies had 439 total yards, 342 of which came on the ground.
After a mostly moribund first half between the Ohio Bobcats and the Utah State Aggies in the 2011 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, the second half has turned into a lively game with four scores in the third quarter alone. The Aggies lead the Bobcats, 23-17, as the game enters the fourth quarter.
Utah State scored nearly three minutes into the third quarter on a Michael Smith 63-yard run. But Ohio answered back less than three minutes later with a field goal. The fireworks picked up after that field with Smith running for another touchdown, this one an 11-yard score. A couple of minutes later, Ohio quarter back Tyler Tettleton found LaVon Brazill for a 44-yard touchdown, putting the game at its current 23-17 score.
Brazill has six catches for 88 yards, but Smith's 153 rushing yards on11 caries make up the top performance of the game so far.
The Utah State Aggies are in a tight battle with the Ohio Bobcats in the 2011 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, leading at halftime, 9-7. The Aggies had a chance to take a five-point lead late in the second quarter, but kicker Josh Thompson pushed a 39-yard field goal attempt to the right.
After the Aggies put nine points on the board in the first quarter by way of a safety and a touchdown throw, the Bobcats answered back in the second quarter. Tyler Tettleton completed a seven-play, 56-yard drive with a 26-yard pass to Derek Roback, drawing the game to within two points.
Utah State running back Robert Turbin has had a quiet first half, picking up just 43 yards on 12 carries.
Maybe there will be a shootout in the second quarter since the first half was quite boring.
The Utah State Aggies received a couple of lucky breaks in the first quarter to jump out to a 9-0 lead over the Ohio Bobcats in the 2011 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. On the Aggies' opening drive, the team reached Ohio's goal line but failed to convert on 4th-and-1, turning the ball over to the Bobcats. However, Ohio quarterback Tyler Tettleton wound up running out of bounds through the end zone, giving the Aggies a 2-0 lead.
On the next Aggies drive, quarterback Adam Kennedy appeared to throw an interception. However, a review of the play returned the ball to Utah State for a 4th-and-12 opportunity. A personal foul on the ensuing field goal allowed Utah State to decline the points and go for the score. A few plays later, Kennedy found Tarren Lloyd for the three-yard touchdown and the 9-0 lead.
On Sunday Oct. 23, the Utah State Aggies, fresh off of a 24-17 home loss to Louisiana Tech, sat at 2-5 overall on the season and 0-2 in conference play. But they finished the season with five straight wins, and they enter the 2011 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl with as much momentum as any team in the country. The Ohio Bobcats, meanwhile, also finished the season with five wins before blowing a 20-point halftime lead to Northern Illinois in the MAC championship game.
The Aggies will try and get it done on the ground, where they average 277.5 yards per game, but they'll face a stiff test in the Bobcats defense, which led the MAC with only 122.58 yards per game given up on the ground. When the possession is flipped, the Aggies will square off against a balanced Bobcats offense that averaged 250 yards per game through the air and 200 on the ground.
Both Ohio and Utah State will leave the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl feeling good about their 2011 seasons, but one will end up feeling just a bit better.
Game date, time: 3:30 pm MT, Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011
Location: Bronco Stadium, Boise, ID
TV channel: ESPN/ESPN3
Series history: Utah State leads 1-0
Will Utah State Aggies running back Robert Turbin be playing in his final college football game on Saturday when he goes up against the Ohio Bobcats in the 2011 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl? Turbin is on the fence right now, but it all depends on where he is projected to be draft in April. Turbin recently told the Salt Lake Tribune that returning for a sixth year could happen since he could pursue a master's degree and the Heisman Trophy. While the latter is unlikely, Turbin understands the realities of an NFL career and a master's degree would be enough insurance should things not pan out.
Turbin's coach, Gary Andersen, has apparently heard that the running back is projected to be a third-round pick and will ask for another evaluation after the bowl game. If it stays in the same area, Turbin will be encouraged to declare for the draft.
Turbin began school in 2007 but received a medical redshirt in 2007 and then missed the 2010 season after an offseason knee injury. In 2009, Turbin rushed for 1,296 yards and found the end zone 13 times. Returning in 2011, Turbin didn't lose a step. He put up 1,416 yards (No. 8 in FBS) with 19 touchdowns. He caught four touchdowns as well.
The Bobcats, who finished with the best record in the East Division of the Mid-American Conference (MAC), won five of their final six games, lost their season finale against the Northern Illinois Huskies. Despite that, the Bobcats come into the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Game as 3 point underdogs.
For all their success late in the season, Ohio still appears to be statistically over-matched against the Utah State Aggies. The Aggies enter Saturday's game sporting the 6th best rushing attack in the NCAA (as of December 3), averaging 277.50 yards per game. Their offense overall has been the 21st best in the NCAA at scoring points, but their defense has allowed an unimpressive 28.2 points per game.
The Bobcats may not run the ball with nearly as much authority as the Aggies, but their average of total yards (452.4 versus Utah State's 458.7) is rather close. Moreover, their defense -- allowing only 22.1 points per game and only 126.4 rushing yards per game -- could keep the game close late for the Bobcats.
Once the 2011 New Mexico Bowl ends on Dec. 17, there's plenty of more action left that night. The 2011 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl continues its MAC-powered night when the Ohio Bobcats face the WAC's Utah State Aggies. The Aggies opened as three-point favorites over the Bobcats, according to Odds Shark. The line has moved up to 3.5 points, but this game figures to be a close but high-scoring affair.
The Aggies average 34.5 points of offense this season, which was helped with points totals of 49, 54 and 63. The Aggies were also able to put up 38 points on the Auburn Tigers only to lose in the last two minutes of the game. The Ohio offense isn't too far behind with its 31 points per game. Tyler Tettleton has thrown for nearly 3,100 yards and 26 touchdowns.
The over/under for this game opened at 58 points but can now be found at 56.5 points. Even with a solid Ohio defense in this game, the score could reach into the 60s.
The 2011 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl features the Ohio Bobcats against the Utah State Aggies. This is one of the first bowl games of the season.