Cowboys to throw down with Kent State in 2021 Potato Bowl

Oct 19, 2019; Laramie, WY, USA; Wyoming Cowboys quarterback Levi Williams (15) before game against the New Mexico Lobos at War Memorial Stadium. (Photo by Troy Babbitt-UW Media-Athletics)

The Wyoming Cowboys, for the first time in history, will kick off against Kent State as the team travels to Idaho to compete in the 2021 Famous Potato Bowl, University of Wyoming Athletics announced Sunday.

“We are very excited for another outstanding matchup at this year’s Famous Idaho Potato Bowl and we are thrilled to put on a great event in front of fans once again,” Kevin McDonald, Famous Idaho Potato Bowl executive director, said in a statement.

Wyoming will bring a 6-6 overall record to kick off against Kent State, who boasts their own 7-6 record, in Boise. Idaho, on Dec. 21.

It’s the first time Wyoming has competed in the bowl since 2017.

“We’re excited for our players, coaches, and fans that we have the opportunity to be playing in a bowl game again this year,” UW Athletics Director Tom Burman said in a statement.

Wyoming Head Coach Craig Bohl expressed his excitement at returning to the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, reminiscing that he and the team had a great experience the last time they competed.

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“Our coaching staff and players are looking forward to the opportunity of playing together again this season,” he said in a statement. “I know our fans remember the great experience they had back in 2017 at the bowl game, and we look forward to seeing them in Boise later this month. We know we will be playing a very good football team in Kent State, and we’re excited for the challenge.”

The invitation to the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl marks the fourth time in six seasons that Wyoming has earned a bowl bid, a first in the 125-year history of Cowboy Football, per UW Athletics, and a record for head coach Bohl who has now taken four Cowboy teams to bowl games.

Bohl will be seeking his third owl victory as Wyoming’s head coach and already holds the Wyoming record for bowl wins as a head coach having won the 2017 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl 37-14 over Central Michigan and a 38-17 win over Georgia State in the 2019 NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl.

This year’s appearance will mark Wyoming’s 17th bowl appearance in history. To date, the Cowboys are 8-8 overall in bowl games.

The game will begin at 1:30 p.m. Dec. 21 and tickets are available online (here). For those who cannot attend the game in person, it will be televised on ESPN.