2018 Potato Bowl Festivities Sept. 18-22
53nd Annual Potato Bowl USA
North Dakota vs. Idaho State – September 22, 2018
BRIEF HISTORY OF POTATO BOWL – On September 24, 1966, the very first Potato Bowl football game was played at Memorial Stadium and was billed as a battle between two of the largest potato growing regions in the United States (Idaho and the Red River Valley). 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 40-12 in its first 52 Potato Bowl games.