Potato Bowl: A year later, Utah State more than 'just happy to be here'

Potato Bowl: A year later, Utah State more than 'just happy to be here'
Utah State football arrived in Boise in 2011 for its first Bowl game since 1997. The Aggies were sporting a five-game winning streak and the school's first winning record since 1993 - and the team was understandably proud just to be back in a bowl game.

But a 24-23 loss to Ohio last December 17 left a bad taste in the team's mouth - one which lingered all off-season.

"That was one thing which drove us," Senior running back Kerwynn Williams said Thursday in Boise. "We wanted to go back to a bowl game and we wanted to win it."

A year later, Utah State is back in Boise on a six-game winning streak and the added accomplishment of the team's first winning season in almost 20 years. Williams said the team is more focused than last year and there's an emphasis on finishing - especially for the team's seniors.

"Losing the bowl game - it's a great year either way, but that last little bit you always think about," said senior cornerback Mike Davis.

Fourth-year head coach Mike Anderson agreed.

"We want to fill up our room with championship trophies," he told media Thursday.

"We've been able to get a couple championships on our wall, with the state of Utah and our rivals. Obviously the WAC Championship will go up there. But we don't have a bowl game trophy up there yet and we need to be able to get that done."

Saturday will be their chance, likely with a very pro-Utah State crowd just a five-hour drive from home.

Toledo vs. Utah State - Saturday December 15, 2:30 p.m., Bronco Stadium.