Famous Idaho Potato Bowl: Buffalo, Aztecs to meet in Boise
BOISE, Idaho (AP)
Buffalo is heading back to the postseason for the second time in school history, this time against San Diego State in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.
The Bulls (8-4, 6-2 Mid-American Conference) are coming off one of the best season's in school history to earn the first bowl appearance since 2009 and the second in the school's 119-year history.
''It's been four years in the making. I couldn't be more proud of this senior class and coaching staff to have this opportunity,'' coach Jeff Quinn said. ''We talked about setting our goals towards being a football program that has a November and December tradition. And to be invited to a bowl game when we knew there were more bowl eligible teams, represents the kind of hard work we have invested in ourselves. A chance to play in the Famous Potato Bowl is a great opportunity for our kids.''
San Diego State is no stranger to the postseason. The Aztecs (7-5, 6-2 Mountain West Conference) will be making their fourth consecutive bowl appearance, but the school's first in the Potato Bowl, played at Bronco Stadium on the Boise State University campus Dec. 21.
The Aztecs proved to be one of the nation's most resilient teams, winning three of four overtime games to tie an FBS record. The Aztecs only two conference losses came to ranked Fresno State and UNLV, which snapped the Aztecs' four-game winning streak in the season finale.
''We're very excited to accept an invitation to play ... against the University of Buffalo,'' said Jim Sterk, SDSU athletic director. ''(They're) a great team from the Mid-American Conference that has had some good wins. It's a great day for the Aztecs.''
The Bulls are led by outstanding linebacker Kahlil Mack, voted the winner of the 2013 Jack Lambert Award for the top linebacker in college football. This season, Mack, the MAC Defensive Player of the Year, has recorded 94 tackles and 10.5 sacks.
The Aztecs are led by quarterback Quinn Kaehler, who has thrown for 2,796 yards and 17 touchdowns.
The Famous Idaho Potato Bowl is the third game on the season's bowl calendar and will be telecast nationally on ESPN.