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The 1954 Sun Bowl was a college football postseason bowl game that featured the Texas Western Miners and the Mississippi Southern Southerners.

1954 Sun Bowl
20th Sun Bowl
1234 Total
Mississippi Southern 0770 14
Texas Western 141670 37
DateJanuary 1, 1954
StadiumKidd Field
LocationEl Paso, Texas
MVPQB Dick Shinaut (Texas Western)
Sun Bowl
 < 1953  1955


The Miners had a two game improvement while finishing third in the Border Intercollegiate Athletic Association. One particular highlight for the Golden Eagles was upsetting Alabama (who went on to play Rice in the Cotton Bowl Classic that year). This was the second straight Sun Bowl appearance for Mississippi Southern, and the third in five years for Texas Western.

Game summaryEdit

Dick Shinaut returned a kickoff 48 yards to give Texas Western good field position. On the next play, Clovis Riley had run 54 yards to the goal line, until he was hit and fumbled the ball, but John Howle recovered the ball in the end zone to give the Miners a 7–0 lead. Shinaut then threw a touchdown pass to Jesse Whittenton on a screen pass formation that went for 25 yards. Shinaut made it 17–0 in the second quarter on his 25-yard field goal. Howle caught a 44-yard touchdown pass from Shinaut to make it 24–0. A Texas Western touchdown run by Joel McCormick made it 30–0. Mississippi Southern responded with two touchdowns of their own (one on a Tommie Wood touchdown catch from Billy Jarrell and the other on a 13-yard touchdown run by Fred Smallwood) to make it 30–14 in the third quarter. But the Miners responded with a touchdown by Riley from 43 yards out to make it 37–14. Riley rushed for 112 yards on 12 carries. Dick Shinaut went 11 of 17 for 158 yards, while kicking four extra points and a field goal in an MVP effort.[1][2][3][4]

Scoring summaryEdit

  • 1st – Texas Western - Howle 1-yard fumble return (Shinaut kick)
  • 1st - Texas Western - Whittenton 25-yard pass from Shinaut (Shinaut kick)
  • 2nd - Texas Western - Shinaut 25-yard field goal
  • 2nd - Texas Western - Howle 44-yard pass from Shinaut (Shinaut kick)
  • 2nd - Texas Western - McCormick 2-yard run (kick failed)
  • 2nd - Mississippi Southern - Wood 12-yard pass from Jarrell (McElroy kick)
  • 3rd - Southern Miss - Smallwood 13-yard run (Davenport kick)
  • 3rd - Mississippi Southern - Riley 43-yard run (Shinaut kick)


The Texas Western went to the Sun Bowl four more times in the next 13 years. The Mississippi Southern upset Alabama the next year in a 6–4 season. They have not returned to the Sun Bowl since this game.


Statistics Texas Western Mississippi Southern
First Downs 15 13
Yards Rushing 245 166
Yards Passing 158 145
Total Yards 403 311
Punts-Average 5-28.0 4-28.0
Fumbles-Lost 4-2 4-3
Interceptions Thrown 0 0
Penalties-Yards 4-40 3-13


  1. ^ "History: Bowl Summaries". 2007 UTEP Miners Football Media Guide. El Paso, Texas: University of Texas El Paso Department of Athletics. 2007. p. 153. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-01-05. Retrieved December 27, 2015.
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  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2018-03-07. Retrieved 2015-12-28.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)