- Idaho scored 41 unanswered points spanning the second and third quarters to take a 41-7 lead before withstanding a late charge from Colorado State for a 61-50 victory Thursday (Dec. 22), to win the 2016 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.
- Idaho junior quarterback Matt Linehan was unanimously named the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Most Valuable Player. Linehan completed 21-of-31 passes for 381 yards and four touchdowns. Linehan also ran for a score.
- Idaho’s 606 yards of total offense are the most in Famous Idaho Potato Bowl history. Colorado State’s 600 yards of total offense are the second most in bowl history.
- Idaho (606 yards) and Colorado State (600 yards) combined for 1,206 yards of total offense, the sixth most in a bowl game in college football history. It is the third bowl game in which both teams eclipsed 600 yards of total offense.
- The teams combined for 84 points in the second half, the most in any half in a bowl game in college football history.
- The 111 combined points are the third most in a bowl game in college football history.
Idaho scored 61 points, the most by any team in Famous Idaho Potato Bowl history. Colorado State’s 50 points are third most in FIPB history and the fourth most points scored by a losing team in any bowl game.
Idaho and Colorado State were knotted at zero at the end of the first quarter. It was the first time in FIPB history neither team scored in the first frame.
- The game featured four passing touchdowns longer than 50 yards, including two of the five longest plays from scrimmage in FIPB history.
- The attendance of 24,975 is the largest at the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl since 2012.
- Idaho is now 3-0 in bowl games, with all three bowl appearances coming at the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (formerly known as the Humanitarian Bowl).
- Idaho’s 61 points are its most since 1996, when it scored 64 points at Boise State (Nov. 23). It is Idaho’s second-highest scoring game in 21 seasons playing at the Football Bowl Subdivision level.
- Idaho junior quarterback Matt Linehan’s 381 passing yards are the third most in FIPB history and his four passing touchdowns are a career high and tied for third most in FIPB history.
- Matt Linehan’s 74-yard touchdown pass to Deon Watson in the third quarter was the third-longest passing play in Famous Idaho Potato Bowl history and the second-longest passing touchdown…it was the fourth-longest scoring play of any variety in FIPB history.
- Idaho sophomore running back Isaiah Saunders rushed for a career-high 147 yards (ninth most in FIPB history) and three touchdowns (tied for second most in FIPB histroy) on 33 carries (FIPB record).
- Colorado State scored 36 points in the fourth quarter, the most by a single team in one quarter at a bowl game in college football history.
- Colorado State junior quarterback Nick Stevens passed for a FIPB-record 445 yards and, tied the game record with five touchdown passes.
- Colorado State sophomore wide receiver Olabisi Johnson caught seven passes for 265 yards, the most receiving yards in FIPB history and tied for fourth most in any bowl game in college football history.
- Colorado State wide receivers Olabisi Johnson (265 yards) and Michael Gallup (108 yards) became the third pair of teammates to crack the 100-yard mark in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. (First since 2008)
- Colorado State junior running back Dalyn Dawkins rushed for 118 yards (14th most in FIPB history) and one touchdown on 16 carries.
- Colorado State completed a five-play, 91-yard touchdown drive in the third quarter, matching the second-longest scoring drive in FIPB history.
- Nick Stevens’ 73-yard passing touchdown to Olabisi Johnson in the fourth quarter is the longest passing touchdown in Colorado State’s bowl history.
Colorado State is now 6-10 all-time in bowl games.______________________________