BOISE, Idaho- Ohio University has accepted an invitation to play in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.

University and bowl officials announced Sunday the Bobcats will play Utah State on Dec. 17 on the blue turf at Bronco Stadium in Boise. Ohio (9-4), of the Mid-American Conference, will be participating in its third straight bowl game.

The Aggies (7-5), of the Western Athletic Conference, last played in a bowl in 1997 - also in Boise, when it was called the Humanitarian Bowl.

The teams met once before, a 5-0 Utah State win on Sept. 17, 1994, in Athens, Ohio. Ohio coach Frank Solich said the team is excited to play in the bowl game in Boise.

The Bobcats landed a league-best 11 players on the all-MAC team this season.