The college bowl season can be a lot of fun ... if your team is involved.
Utah State fans get their moment in today’s Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.
The Idaho Grower Shippers Association will donate three potatoes to the Idaho Foodbank for each fan attendee at the bowl for the second straight year.
With more than 30,000 fans projected to attend, the donation could be more than 90,000 potatoes or up to 42,000 lbs.
BYU’s bowl moment comes next week in San Diego in the Poinsettia Bowl.
Can you believe it’s been 22 years ago this week that the Cougars enjoyed one of the most memorable finishes in sports history. The 1980 Holiday Bowl (played on Dec. 19) is still one of the most exciting ever.
QB Jim McMahon (Roy High) saw his Cougars trail at 38-19 and again at 45-25 before leading them to a come-from-behind victory in the final four minutes. McMahon’s final pass to Clay Brown is still a personal favorite.
The Big Sky Conference said Southern Utah topped Weber State in the Big Sky SAAC T-shirt drive in October. The Thunderbirds had 3,409 donations during the drive, with the Wildcats second with 2,234.
In February, Big Sky schools will participate in a shoe drive, with proceeds also donated to charity. In addition to the conference-wide drives, each school is also tracking community services hours.
Junior basketball player Kyle Tresnak has been named the Weber State student-athlete of the week. ...
Manny Fernandez, a former Utah Ute, will be inducted into the Miami Dolphins’ Walk of Fame on Sunday. At 6-foot and 250 pounds, the undersized Fernandez played with the Dolphins from 1968-75 and was a member of their Super Bowl championship teams in 1972 and 1973. ...
Real Salt Lake midfielder Luis Gil has been called up to the U.S. U-20 National Team for a training camp Fla., this week. ...
KeyBank and the Utah Jazz are teaming up again this year to raise money for the Utah Food Bank. Every time Jazz fans purchase the KeyBank item of the night at an in-arena Fanzz store, $1 will go to the Utah Food Bank.
Chris J. Miller is sports editor for the Standard-Examiner.