Ohio wins second Idaho Potato Bowl, defeats Nevada Wolf Pack

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Ohio Bobcats held on to defeat the Nevada Wolf Pack in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl on Friday afternoon. The Bobcats won 30-21 over the Wolf Pack at Albertsons Stadium in Boise, Idaho.

The Wolf Pack scored 12 points in the fourth quarter, while shutting out the Bobcats. However, it was not enough to come back in this contest.

Ohio Bobcats quarterback Nathan Rourke throws a pass against the Purdue Boilermakers
Nathan Rourke throws a pass against the Purdue Boilermakers (Getty Images)

With the win, the Bobcats ended their 2019 season with a winning record at 7-6. The Wolf Pack also ended their campaign with a 7-6 record.

Ohio is now 5-8 all-time in Bowl games. This is their third straight Bowl win after losing three straight.

This is their second win in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. On Dec. 17, 2011, the Bobcats defeated the Utah State Aggies, 24-23, in Idaho.

Nevada fell to 6-11 all-time in Bowl games with the loss. This Bowl loss snapped their two-game Bowl win streak.

Both of those Bowl wins came in the Arizona Bowl in 2015 and 2018.

This was the Wolf Pack’s third Bowl appearance in Boise, Idaho. They have never won at the home of Boise State.

Besides Friday’s loss, the team also was defeated 42-35 in the Humanitarian Bowl on Dec. 30, 2008. The Wolf Pack also lost 21-20 to the Miami (Florida) Hurricanes in the MPC Computers Bowl on Dec. 31, 2006.

Bobcats quarterback Nathan Rourke went 9 of 17 for 144 yards.

De’Montre Tuggle had 10 carries for 97 yards and a touchdown. Isiah Cox had three receptions for 73 yards.

Wolf Pack quarterback Carson Strong went 31 of 49 for 402 yards. He also had one touchdown pass.

Toa Taua had six carries for 48 yards. Elijah Cooks had 14 receptions for 197 yards and a touchdown.

Nevada outscored Ohio 12-10 in the second half. Strong hit Cooks for an eight-yard touchdown reception. Brandon Talton’s extra point was blocked.

Devontee Lee scored on a one-yard rushing touchdown. The two-point conversion failed after Lee’s touchdown.

Bobcats’ Tuggle scored on a two-yard rushing touchdown. Louie Zervos also made a 26-yard field goal.

Ohio led 20-9 at halftime. Julian Ross scored on a 12-yard rushing touchdown. Rourke also scored on a 35-yard rushing touchdown.

Zervos also made two field goals.

Wolf Pack’s Talton also made three field goals.

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