Potato Bowl Week Festivities Sept. 5-9, 2017
2017 Potato Bowl USA
North Dakota vs. Missouri State – September 9, 2017
2016 was the 51st year of Potato Bowl! Congratulations to the Fighting Hawks on their thrilling come-from-behind 47-44 win over South Dakota in two overtimes! Back on September 24, 1966 the first ever Potato Bowl football game, billed as a battle between two of the largest potato growing regions in the United States (Idaho and the Red River Valley), was played at Memorial Stadium in Grand Forks. The idea of creating a week of festivities to celebrate potatoes and football was the brainchild of UND Athletic Director Len Marti, Head Football Coach Marv “Whitey” Helling, Assistant Football Coach Jerry Olson and Sports Information Director Lee Bohnet. In that first game in 1966, the Fighting Sioux thumped Idaho State 41-0. UND is 39-12 in its first 51 Potato Bowl games.
Check out some of the fun from 2014 on this UND-TV video!