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Nevada to play Tulane in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

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It’s official, the Nevada Wolf Pack are going bowl-ing for the third consecutive season and the 17th time in program history.

Nevada will face the Tulane Green Wave in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, it was announced Sunday. It will air on ESPN on Dec. 22 at 12:30 p.m. PST in Boise, Idaho. The game will be televised on ESPN. It will be Nevada’s sixth bowl appearance since joining the Mountain West in 2012.

“We are excited for this opportunity to play one more game this season and to return to the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl,” Nevada head coach Jay Norvell said via a press release. “Tulane is a well-coached team and had a good season, and we are looking forward to the challenge of playing them.”

Tulane finished 6-5 with a 3-5 record in the American Athletic Conference. It averaged 35.4 points — 22nd-most nationally — and 396.9 yards per game. Tulane enters off a 35-21 win versus the Memphis Tigers on Dec. 5.

The Pack finished the regular season 6-2 — with all of their games coming against Mountain West opponents. Their most recent game resulted in a 30-20 loss versus the undefeated San Jose State Spartans Friday. The Pack surrendered 23 unanswered second-half points in the dismal loss.

It will be Nevada’s second consecutive time playing in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, falling 30-21 to the Ohio Bobcats. Its previous two bowl games — versus Arkansas State in 2018 and Colorado State in 2015 — resulted in two victories.

The two foes have faced off just once before (in 1992). Nevada lost 34-17 in the affair at the Superdome in New Orleans, La.

“We are thrilled to welcome back two teams who have an exciting history in our bowl game,” Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Executive Director Kevin McDonald said. “Any time you can host a first-time meeting between two programs it adds a unique element to the game, especially two teams with such rich postseason traditions.”