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Nevada penalized after French Fry bath in Idaho Potato bowl

Nevada coach Jay Norvell receives the bath of french fries as he hugs running back Toa Taua (35) at the end of the team's 38-27 win over Tulane in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl NCAA college football game, Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020, in Boise, Idaho. (AP Photo/Steve Conner)

With 17 seconds left on the clock and a commanding lead over Tulane during the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, Nevada embraced what is probably the most Idaho tradition in sport: The french fry bath.

Hoisting a blue cooler filled with the sliced spuds the Wolf Pack covered head coach Jay Norvell in fries.

Right after that, players dumped a big orange cooler full of Gatorade right into his face. 

Their zealous celebrations, though, didn’t go unnoticed by the officiating crew. After a fair number of the fries ended up on the blue “smurf turf” in Boise, the team was hit with a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.

That french fry bath penalty allowed Tulane one final push to score a 65-yard touchdown. Nevada was still able to keep the victory, though, finishing the game 38-27.

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