BUFFALO, NY – (UB Press Release) For just the second time in school history, the University at Buffalo football team will play in a bowl game as the Bulls accepted an invitation to play in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl on Sunday. UB will face San Diego State out of the Mountain West Conference on Dec. 21 at Bronco Stadium in Boise, ID. The game will kick off at 5:30 pm EST and will air nationally on ESPN.
"We are excited to be going to the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. They do a great job with their bowl experience," UB Director of Athletics Danny White said. "The community really rallies behind it. For us, it's a big moment. It's a testament to the work of Coach Quinn and his staff and these student-athletes. They have worked hard to build the program to this point. The key is that we don't look back. We want to be enjoying this moment every year."
Buffalo finished the regular season 8-4 and went 6-2 in conference play. The Bulls' eight regular-season wins were a record in their FBS era and their six conference wins were the most since joining the Mid-American Conference in 1999.
This will be the first ever meeting between UB and San Diego State. The Aztecs finished the regular season 7-5 and went 6-2 in the Mountain West Conference.
"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," head 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."
UB's only other bowl appearance was the 2009 International Bowl –a 38-20 loss to Connecticut in Toronto's Rogers Centre. Buffalo was invited to the 1958 Tangerine Bowl, but declined the invitation after being told two of its African-American players would not be allowed to participate in the game.