Ohio Football: The past and present in Boise for the Bobcats

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BOISE, ID — The Bobcats are back in Boise.

“Obviously we’ve been to this bowl before and had a great experience there,” head coach Frank Solich said. “We were treated really well, the people were great.”

Boise is the place where Solich and Ohio’s bowl success began. A thrilling 24-23 win over Utah State in 2011 thanks to Tyler Tettledowns late diving effort with 13 seconds to go to give Ohio its first-ever bowl game victory.

“The experience that our players have had there, that our families have had there — I think these guys are excited to go,” Solich said. “They know that the former players really liked the bowl. And to top it all of, we had a really good bowl win.”

And while the reason you go bowling to win, the goal is to also soak in the overall experience.

“I’ve always come to the approach that you can win a bowl game and still have a good time,” Solich said. “That’s what we’ve done at Frisco, that’s what we’ve done at the Bahamas and that’s what we will hope to do here.”

Boise can be the site for my Ohio history. The Bobcats gave a chance to win a bowl game in 3 consecutive seasons.

“This bowl will be as meaningful to me as any bowl that I’ve been in and that’s the way I look at it and the way I see it and the way I approach it,” Solich said.

Ohio begins practice in Boise Tuesday afternoon. Follow along on @Bobcatshowcase and WOUB Sports Director Thomas Garverick (@Tommygarv17) for updates in Boise.