The 2008 Brut Sun Bowl, part of the 2008–09 NCAA Division I FBS bowl season, was played on December 31, 2008 at the stadium of the same name on the campus of the University of Texas at El Paso in El Paso, Texas. The 75th annual contest pitted the Pittsburgh Panthers against the Oregon State Beavers. Pittsburgh previously appeared in the Sun Bowl in 1975 and 1989. Oregon State previously appeared in the Sun Bowl only once, in 2006. Entering the contest, the teams had a combined 3-0 record in Sun Bowls.

2008 Brut Sun Bowl
75th Sun Bowl
75th Anniversary Sun Bowl logo
1234 Total
Oregon State 0300 3
Pittsburgh 0000 0
DateDecember 31, 2008
StadiumSun Bowl Stadium
LocationEl Paso, Texas
MVPDE Victor Butler, Oregon State
FavoriteOregon State by 2.5[1]
RefereeGreg Burks
Halftime showVillage People[2]
PayoutUS$1,900,000 per team[4]
United States TV coverage
AnnouncersVerne Lundquist, Gary Danielson
Nielsen ratings2.2
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Oregon State won 3–0, the lowest scoring bowl game since a 0–0 tie between Air Force and TCU in the 1959 Cotton Bowl Classic and the lowest-scoring Sun Bowl since a 0–0 tie between Arizona State and The Catholic University of America on January 1, 1940. It was the first shutout loss for the Panthers since 1996. This game, however, was special because the only points were scored on a field goal kicked off of a botched hold.

Oregon State opted to wear orange uniforms, even though as the nominal visiting team they should have worn white. As a result, they were docked a time out in lieu of a penalty.

This game marked the 41st consecutive telecast by CBS Sports. No other network and bowl game has been paired for a longer period of time.

The halftime show included a performance by musical group The Village People as Sun Bowl officials broke the Guinness World Record for largest Y.M.C.A. dance.[5][6]

Scoring summaryEdit

Scoring Play Score
2nd Quarter
OSU - Justin Kahut 44-yard FG, 2:18 OSU 3–0


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  6. ^ "Guinness World Records - Largest "YMCA" Dance". Guinness World Records. Retrieved 2017-09-01.