2013 Sun Bowl
The 2013 Sun Bowl was an American college football bowl game that was played on December 31, 2013, at Sun Bowl Stadium in El Paso, Texas. In this 80th edition of the Sun Bowl, the UCLA Bruins of the Pac-12 Conference met the Virginia Tech Hokies of the Atlantic Coast Conference. The game started at 12:00 noon MST, and was televised on CBS and heard on the Sports USA Radio Network. It was one of the 2013–14 bowl games that concluded the 2013 FBS football season. The game was sponsored by the Hyundai Motor Company and was officially known as the Hyundai Sun Bowl. UCLA defeated Virginia Tech 42-12 for the Sun Bowl Championship.
|2013 Hyundai Sun Bowl|
|80th Sun Bowl|
|Date||December 31, 2013|
|Stadium||Sun Bowl Stadium|
|Location||El Paso, Texas|
|MVP||Brett Hundley (QB), UCLA and Jordan Zumwalt (LB), UCLA|
Lineman of the Game: Kenny Clark (NT), UCLA
Special Teams Player: Ka'imi Fairbairn (K), UCLA
|Favorite||UCLA by 7|
|Referee||Scott Novak (Big XII)|
|Payout||US$1.9 million per team|
|United States TV coverage|
Nevada Sports Network
|Announcers||Verne Lundquist (Play-by-Play)|
Gary Danielson (Analyst)
Allie LaForce (Sidelines)
UCLA finished the regular season with a record of 9–3 (6–3 Pac-12). Virginia Tech was 8–4 (5–3 ACC).
The UCLA Bruins finished the season tied for second place in the South Division of Pac-12 Conference. They missed going to the Pac-12 championship game for the third time in a row when they lost the November 23, 2013 game to Arizona State. This is the fourth appearance in the Sun Bowl for UCLA.
Offensively, the team is led in rushing by Brett Hundley (150 carries for 587 yards, 3.91 avg., 9 TDs) and Paul Perkins (126 carries for 570 yards, 4.52 avg., 5 TDs), Hundley in passing (232 of 342 for 2,845 yards, 22 TDs, 9 INTs), and Shaquelle Evans in receiving (43 catches for 617 yards, 14.35 avg., 8 TDs). Anthony Barr, who has 10 sacks for 66 sack yards, and Eric Kendricks, who has 105 tackles (64 solo, 41 assisted), lead the defense.
For the Hokies, quarterback Logan Thomas has completed 224 of 391 passes for 2,861 yards for 16 touchdowns with 13 interceptions, third in the Atlantic Coast Conference this season. Trey Edmunds ran 166 times for 675 yards (4.07 avg.) and 10 touchdowns. Receiving the passes is Willie Byrn, who has caught 49 passes for 635 yards (12.96 avg.) for 2 touchdowns along with Demitri Knowles, who has 43 receptions for 619 yards (14.4 avg.) for 3 touchdowns. A. J. Hughes is second in the ACC in punting, averaging 44.5 yards in 69 punts. Jack Tyler has 93 tackles (32 solo), while Luther Maddy had 6 solo sacks and James Gayle with 5.5 sacks in 12 games.
|Total offense, plays – yards||74–321||64–452|
|Passing yards (net)||176||255|
|Time of Possession||35:03||24:47|
- Bowl Schedule, Los Angeles Times, December 11, 2013
- "2013 Sun Bowl: Virginia Tech vs. UCLA". Stat Broadcast. Retrieved December 31, 2013.
- Virginia Tech, UCLA to Meet at 80th Hyundai Sun Bowl, Sunbowl.org, December 8, 2013