BYU beat Western Michigan 49-18 in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. Five thoughts and analysis of the win, and what it all means.
5. Western Michigan is really, really bad at this bowl thing
And they were actually winning.
The Broncos were up 10-7 going into halftime, owning the second quarter and looking like they were ready to battle and potentially pull off the big, giant upset. But …
It’s Western Michigan, and it’s a bowl game.
BYU blew up in the second half with 35 straight points, and that was it. Western Michigan was on its way to losing yet another bowl.
To be fair, the last bowl loss before this was the 2016 Cotton Bowl to Wisconsin, but there’s the 2015 Bahamas Bowl vs. Middle Tennessee. That’s it. That’s the only bowl win in the program’s history, starting with the 1961 Aviation loss to New Mexico, and going right on through to this.
The program is 1-8 all-time in bowls, and it’s not for a lack of trying. It simply isn’t having much luck in figuring out how to crack the code to win one of these. It’ll happen, but the program is overdue to have some fun.
Next year. Maybe.