Potato Bowl Week Festivities Sept. 5-9, 2017
52nd Annual Potato Bowl USA
North Dakota vs. Missouri State – September 9, 2017
UND CRUSHES MISSOURI STATE! – 2017 was the 52nd year of Potato Bowl! Congratulations to the Fighting Hawks on their crushing 34-0 thrashing of Missouri State! 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.
SIMPLOT CRUSHES FRENCH FRY RECORD! – Scott Lund and the crew at Simplot absolutely fried the old record at the 2017 French Fry Feed! The old record was 5,220 pounds of french fries served was set in 2015; this year (2017) an extraordinary 8,154 pounds were served! Great job Simplot!