BOISE, Idaho — Ohio quarterback Tyler Tettleton scored on a 1-yard run with 13 seconds left to give the Bobcats a 24-23 victory over Utah State on Saturday in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.
Tettleton also threw for 220 yards and two touchdowns. He led a 61-yard drive in the final 2 minutes to give Ohio (10-4) its first ever bowl victory and first 10-win season since 1968.
Tettleton was 3 of 4 on the final drive, and had a 14-yard pass to LaVon Brazill on fourth down to put the Bobcats inside the 1 with 37 seconds left on a play that was initially ruled a touchdown. Tettleton scored two plays later when he rolled out to the right and outran two defenders to the end zone.
Utah State (7-6) dominated most of the game behind a rushing attack that rolled up 345 yards. Michael Smith ran for 157 yards and two touchdowns, including a 63-yard scoring run early in the third quarter.
The Aggies extended their lead to 23-10 on Smith’s 11-yard run in the third quarter.
But the Bobcats began the comeback on their next possession when Tettleton fired a 44-yard TD pass to Brazill with 3:45 left in the third quarter.
Brazill led the Bobcats with eight catches for 108 yards.
NEW MEXICO BOWL
TEMPLE 37, WYOMING 15
In Albuquerque, N.M., Bernard Pierce ran for two touchdowns and Chris Coyer threw for 169 yards and a touchdown to lead Temple.
The Owls (9-4) had three interceptions – tying a New Mexico Bowl record – en route to the second bowl victory in school history.
The New Mexico Bowl was Temple’s second bowl game in three years, but that 2009 game – a 30-21 loss to UCLA in the EagleBank Bowl in Washington — was the Owls’ first bowl in 30 years. The Mid-American Conference East runner-up did not get a bowl invite last year despite going 8-4.
Sophomore Coyer, who also rushed for 71 yards, was selected the game’s offensive MVP.
Coyer said Temple got a little worried at the end of the first half when Wyoming freshman Brett Smith threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to Josh Doctson with 28 seconds left. But Coyer responded with a 61-yard touchdown pass to Rod Streater moments later.
Meanwhile, Smith was held to just 127 yards by a greedy Owls defensive line that preventing the Cowboys from getting anything started.
The loss dropped the Cowboys (8-5) to 6-7 in bowl games.
It was a disappointed effort by Wyoming after the Cowboys won the 2009 New Mexico Bowl in double overtime, beating Fresno State 35-28.
“It was disappointing,” Cowboys coach Dave Christensen said. “We knew they were going to run the football, which they did.”