Idaho coach Paul Petrino holds up the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl trophy next to MVP Matt Linehan (10) after the team's 61-50 over Colorado State in the NCAA college football game Thursday in Boise. (Darin Oswald/Idaho Statesman via AP)
BOISE – The temperature at kickoff was 22 degrees, but it felt much colder inside Albertsons Stadium on Thursday night – the kind of cold that makes your fingers go numb in an instant.
No one looked more frozen than Idaho coach Paul Petrino. In the final minutes of a game that turned into national showcase for his program, Matt Linehan and Steven Matlock drenched Petrino with a bucket of yellow Gatorade.
He immediately seized his back, and for the rest of the night on Boise State’s famed blue turf that had become a hazardous sheet of ice, Petrino wore a white towel around his neck, Jerry Tarkanian-style.
He was ready to celebrate a 61-50 victory over Colorado State in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl – and ready to change his pants.
“Let’s go get our trophy!” an impatient Petrino yelled to UI players while they reveled in the Vandals’ dominance with fans and family in the middle of the field/Josh Wright, SR. More here.