The Vandals’ visit to Boise for the Potato Bowl means a lot to Peg McGee of Meridian. The 98-year-old’s grandson, Trent Cowan, is a senior tight end on the football team.

McGee wore her University of Idaho sweater Wednesday for the Vandals Spirit Day celebration at her retirement community. She had no idea that her grandson and four of his teammates were waiting to greet her. When Cowan walked out and surprised her, McGee threw up her hands to her face, and her eyes glistened.

“It was awesome just seeing her face light up,” Cowan said afterward. “I’m glad that she was surprised and we were able to pull this off.”

The Potato Bowl is McGee’s first chance to see the Vandals play in person, but she listens to all of the games on the radio or watches them on TV. Her neighbors will tell you — McGee can go on and on about her grandson.

“He’s a great guy, this guy,” McGee said, sitting arm in arm with her grandson.

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In June, Cowan sent McGee a birthday card that foreshadowed the team’s successful season.

“He said, ‘ vision is to get to a bowl game, and it might be in Boise, Idaho, and you’ll be able to see my last college game,” McGee said. “I saved this card, and it says, ‘Wish big!’ So I did, and here he is.”

Four of McGee’s children and eight of her grandchildren have attended U of I. Touchmark at Meadow Lake Village, where McGee lives, put together the spirit day surprise.

Cowan said he’s always wanted his grandma to be able to come watch one of his college football games.

“This will be her first one, and it will be my last one,” he said. “I’m going to definitely have to perform for her, have one of my best games for my grammy.”

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