The Sun Bowl is a college football bowl game that has been played since 1935 in the southwestern United States at El Paso, Texas. Along with the Sugar Bowl and Orange Bowl, it is the second-oldest bowl games in the country, behind the Rose Bowl. Usually held near the end of December, games are played at the Sun Bowl stadium on the campus of the University of Texas at El Paso; since 2011, it has featured teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and the Pac-12 Conference.
|Hyundai Sun Bowl|
|Location||El Paso, Texas, U.S.|
|Previous stadiums||Kidd Field (1938–1962)|
|Conference tie-ins||Pac-12, ACC|
|Previous conference tie-ins||Big Ten (1995–2005)|
Big 12 (2006–2009)
Big East/Notre Dame (2006–2009)
(as of 2015)
Sun Bowl (1936–1986)
John Hancock Sun Bowl (1987–1988)
John Hancock Bowl (1989–1993)
Sun Bowl (1994–1995)
Norwest Bank Sun Bowl (1996)
Norwest Sun Bowl (1997–1998)
Wells Fargo Sun Bowl (1999–2003)
Vitalis Sun Bowl (2004–2005)
Brut Sun Bowl (2006–2009)
|Arizona State vs. NC State (NC State 52–31)|
|Pittsburgh vs. Stanford (Stanford 14–13)|
Since 2010, the game has been sponsored by Hyundai and officially known as the Hyundai Sun Bowl. Previous sponsors include John Hancock (1987–1993), Norwest Corporation (1996–1998), Wells Fargo (1999–2003), Vitalis (2004–2005), and Brut (2006–2009).
The first Sun Bowl was the 1935 edition, played on New Year's Day between Texas high school teams; the 1936 edition, played one year later, was the first Sun Bowl contested between college teams. In most of its early history, the game pitted the champion of the Border Conference against an at-large opponent. The first three editions were played at El Paso High School stadium (1935–1937), then switched to Kidd Field until the present stadium was ready in 1963. Through the 1957 season, the game was played on January 1 or January 2; since then, with the exception of the 1976 season, the game has been played in late December, with a majority of games played on or near New Year's Eve.
The 1940 game set the record for fewest points scored, when the Arizona State Teachers College at Tempe Bulldogs played the Catholic University Cardinals to a scoreless tie, the only 0–0 result in Sun Bowl history.
In advance of the 1949 game, Lafayette College turned down an invitation from the Sun Bowl Committee because the committee would not allow an African American player to participate. This bid rejection led to a large student demonstration on the Lafayette campus and in the city of Easton, Pennsylvania, against segregation.
The game's current full title is the Hyundai Sun Bowl, which became the name after Hyundai Motor Company's American subsidiary bought naming rights to the bowl from Helen of Troy Limited on June 24, 2010. Hyundai later signed a six-year extension, and will sponsor the game through 2019. Hyundai becomes the fourth title sponsor of the Sun Bowl, after Helen of Troy (through its Vitalis and Brut brands), Norwest Corporation/Wells Fargo, and John Hancock Insurance; the bowl was known as the John Hancock Bowl for the last five years (1989–1993) of the firm's contract with the bowl.
Starting with the 2011 edition, the bowl has been contested between teams from the Pac-12 and ACC.
The Sun Bowl is part of the ACC's pool arrangement where the Belk, Pinstripe, Music City, and Gator bowls each share choice of the conference's eligible teams following the College Football Playoff (CFP) and the Camping World Bowl. The Sun Bowl can take any team ranked fourth through eighth in the ACC.
Italics denote a tie game.
|No.||Date played||Winning team||Losing team||Attnd.||Notes|
|1||January 1, 1935||El Paso All-Stars||25||Ranger (Texas)||21||3,000||notes|
|2||January 1, 1936||Hardin–Simmons||14||New Mexico A&M||14||12,000||notes|
|3||January 1, 1937||Hardin–Simmons||34||Texas Mines||6||8,000||notes|
|4||January 1, 1938||West Virginia||7||Texas Tech||6||12,000||notes|
|5||January 2, 1939||Utah||26||New Mexico||0||13,000||notes|
|6||January 1, 1940||Arizona State||0||Catholic||0||13,000||notes|
|7||January 1, 1941||Western Reserve||26||Arizona State||13||14,000||notes|
|8||January 1, 1942||Tulsa||6||Texas Tech||0||14,000||notes|
|9||January 1, 1943||Second Air Force||13||Hardin–Simmons||7||18,000||notes|
|10||January 1, 1944||Southwestern||7||New Mexico||0||18,000||notes|
|11||January 1, 1945||Southwestern||35||UNAM||0||13,000||notes|
|12||January 1, 1946||New Mexico||34||Denver||24||15,000||notes|
|13||January 1, 1947||Cincinnati||18||Virginia Tech||6||10,000||notes|
|14||January 1, 1948||Miami (Ohio)||13||Texas Tech||12||18,000||notes|
|15||January 1, 1949||West Virginia||21||Texas Mines||12||13,000||notes|
|16||January 2, 1950||Texas Western||33||Georgetown||20||15,000||notes|
|17||January 1, 1951||West Texas State||14||Cincinnati||13||16,000||notes|
|18||January 1, 1952||Texas Tech||25||Pacific||14||17,000||notes|
|19||January 1, 1953||Pacific||26||Southern Miss||7||11,000||notes|
|20||January 1, 1954||Texas Western||37||Southern Miss||14||9,500||notes|
|21||January 1, 1955||Texas Western||47||Florida State||20||14,000||notes|
|22||January 2, 1956||Wyoming||21||Texas Tech||14||14,500||notes|
|23||January 1, 1957||George Washington||13||Texas Western||0||13,500||notes|
|24||January 1, 1958||Louisville||34||Drake||20||13,000||notes|
|25||December 31, 1958||Wyoming||14||Hardin–Simmons||6||13,000||notes|
|26||December 31, 1959||New Mexico A&M||28||North Texas||8||14,000||notes|
|27||December 31, 1960||New Mexico State||20||Utah State||13||16,000||notes|
|28||December 30, 1961||Villanova||17||Wichita||9||15,000||notes|
|29||December 31, 1962||West Texas State||15||Ohio||14||16,000||notes|
|30||December 31, 1963||Oregon||21||SMU||14||18,646||notes|
|31||December 26, 1964||Georgia||7||Texas Tech||0||23,292||notes|
|32||December 31, 1965||Texas Western||13||TCU||12||24,598||notes|
|33||December 24, 1966||Wyoming||28||Florida State||20||17,965||notes|
|34||December 30, 1967||UTEP||14||Mississippi||7||28,630||notes|
|35||December 28, 1968||Auburn||34||Arizona||10||27,062||notes|
|36||December 20, 1969||Nebraska||45||Georgia||6||26,668||notes|
|37||December 19, 1970||Georgia Tech||17||Texas Tech||9||26,188||notes|
|38||December 18, 1971||LSU||33||Iowa State||15||29,377||notes|
|39||December 30, 1972||North Carolina||32||Texas Tech||28||27,877||notes|
|40||December 29, 1973||Missouri||34||Auburn||17||26,108||notes|
|41||December 28, 1974||Mississippi State||26||North Carolina||24||26,035||notes|
|42||December 26, 1975||Pittsburgh||33||Kansas||19||29,910||notes|
|43||January 2, 1977||Texas A&M||37||Florida||14||31, 896||notes|
|44||December 31, 1977||Stanford||24||LSU||14||30,621||notes|
|45||December 23, 1978||Texas||42||Maryland||0||30,604||notes|
|46||December 22, 1979||Washington||14||Texas||7||30,124||notes|
|47||December 27, 1980||Nebraska||31||Mississippi State||17||31,332||notes|
|48||December 26, 1981||Oklahoma||40||Houston||14||29,985||notes|
|49||December 25, 1982||North Carolina||26||Texas||10||29,055||notes|
|50||December 24, 1983||Alabama||28||SMU||7||41,412||notes|
|51||December 22, 1984||Maryland||28||Tennessee||27||50,126||notes|
|52||December 28, 1985||Arizona||13||Georgia||13||50,203||notes|
|53||December 25, 1986||Alabama||28||Washington||6||48,722||notes|
|54||December 25, 1987||Oklahoma State||35||West Virginia||33||43,240||notes|
|55||December 24, 1988||Alabama||29||Army||28||43,661||notes|
|56||December 30, 1989||Pittsburgh||31||Texas A&M||28||44,887||notes|
|57||December 31, 1990||Michigan State||17||USC||16||50,562||notes|
|58||December 31, 1991||UCLA||6||Illinois||3||42,281||notes|
|59||December 31, 1992||Baylor||20||Arizona||15||41,622||notes|
|60||December 24, 1993||Oklahoma||41||Texas Tech||10||43,684||notes|
|61||December 30, 1994||Texas||35||North Carolina||31||50,612||notes|
|62||December 29, 1995||Iowa||38||Washington||18||49,116||notes|
|63||December 31, 1996||Stanford||38||Michigan State||0||42,721||notes|
|64||December 31, 1997||Arizona State||17||Iowa||7||49,104||notes|
|65||December 31, 1998||TCU||28||USC||19||46,612||notes|
|66||December 31, 1999||Oregon||24||Minnesota||20||48,757||notes|
|67||December 29, 2000||Wisconsin||21||UCLA||20||49,093||notes|
|68||December 31, 2001||Washington State||33||Purdue||27||47,812||notes|
|69||December 31, 2002||Purdue||34||Washington||24||48,917||notes|
|70||December 31, 2003||Minnesota||31||Oregon||30||49,864||notes|
|71||December 31, 2004||Arizona State||27||Purdue||23||51,288||notes|
|72||December 30, 2005||UCLA||50||Northwestern||38||50,426||notes|
|73||December 29, 2006||Oregon State||39||Missouri||38||48,732||notes|
|74||December 31, 2007||Oregon||56||South Florida||21||49,867||notes|
|75||December 31, 2008||Oregon State||3||Pittsburgh||0||49,037||notes|
|76||December 31, 2009||Oklahoma||31||Stanford||27||53,713||notes|
|77||December 31, 2010||Notre Dame||33||Miami (Florida)||17||54,021||notes|
|78||December 31, 2011||Utah||30||Georgia Tech||27 (OT)||48,123||notes|
|79||December 31, 2012||Georgia Tech||21||USC||7||47,922||notes|
|80||December 31, 2013||UCLA||42||Virginia Tech||12||47,912||notes|
|81||December 27, 2014||Arizona State||36||Duke||31||47,809||notes|
|82||December 26, 2015||Washington State||20||Miami (Florida)||14||41,180||notes|
|83||December 30, 2016||Stanford||25||North Carolina||23||42,166||notes|
|84||December 29, 2017||NC State||52||Arizona State||31||39,897||notes|
|85||December 31, 2018||Stanford||14||Pittsburgh||13||40,680||notes|
C.M. Hendricks Most Valuable Player TrophyEdit
Jimmy Rogers Jr. Most Valuable Lineman TrophyEdit
Named after former Sun Bowl president Jimmy Rogers Jr.
John Folmer Most Valuable Special Teams Player TrophyEdit
Named after former Sun Bowl president John Folmer.
Only teams with at least three appearances are listed.
|2||Texas Mines/Texas Western/UTEP||8||5||3||0||.625|
|T12||New Mexico A&M/New Mexico State||3||2||0||1||.833|
California and Colorado are the only current Pac-12 members to have never appeared in the Sun Bowl. Northern Arizona (now in the in FCS) is the only former member of the Border Conference to have never appeared in a Sun Bowl.
Appearances by conferenceEdit
Updated through the December 2018 edition (85 games, 170 total appearances).
|T12||High school teams||2||1||1||0||.500|
|18||Big Four (Ohio)||1||1||0||0||1.000|
- The first edition of the game, played in 1935, was contested between high school teams.
- Records are based on teams' conferences at the time each game was played.
- Pac-12 records include appearances by teams when the conference was the Pac-8 and Pac-10.
|Team||Record, Team vs. Opponent||Year|
|Most points scored (one team)||56, Oregon vs. South Florida||2007|
|Most points scored (both teams)||88, UCLA (50) vs. Northwestern (38)||2005|
|Most points scored (losing team)||38, Missouri vs. Oregon State||2006 (most recent)|
|Fewest points allowed||0, Oregon State vs. Pittsburgh||2008 (most recent)|
|Largest margin of victory||42, Texas (42) vs. Maryland (0)||1978|
|Total yards||561, Missouri vs. Oregon State||2006|
|Rushing yards||455, Mississippi State vs. North Carolina||1974|
|Passing yards||419, Purdue vs. Washington State||2001|
|First downs||33, Northwestern vs. UCLA||2005|
|Fewest yards allowed||-21, Southwestern vs. UNAM||1945|
|Fewest rushing yards allowed||-23, TCU vs. USC||1998|
|Fewest passing yards allowed||-50, Southwestern vs. UNAM||1945|
|Individual||Record, Player, Team vs. Opponent||Year|
|All-purpose yards||282, Jonathan Stewart, Oregon vs. South Florida
253 rush, 29 return
|Touchdowns (all-purpose)||4, shared by:
Thurman Thomas, Oklahoma State vs. West Virginia
Priest Holmes, Texas vs. North Carolina
Demario Richard, Arizona State vs. Duke
|Rushing yards||253, Jonathan Stewart, Oregon vs. South Florida||2007|
|Rushing touchdowns||4, shared by:
Thurman Thomas, Oklahoma State vs. West Virginia
Priest Holmes, Texas vs. North Carolina
|Passing yards||419, Kyle Orton, Purdue vs. Washington||2002|
|Passing touchdowns||4, shared by:
Matt Moore, Oregon State vs. Missouri
Justin Roper, Oregon vs. South Florida
|Receiving yards||200, Samie Parker, Oregon vs. Minnesota||2003|
|Receiving touchdowns||3, Ryan Broyles, Oklahoma vs. Stanford||2009|
|Tackles||24, Carl Zander, Tennessee vs. Maryland
14 solo, 10 assist
|Sacks||4.5, Reggie McKenzie, Tennessee vs. Maryland||1984|
|Interceptions||3, shared by:
Buddy McClinton, Auburn vs. Arizona
Harrison Smith, Notre Dame vs. Miami (FL)
|Long Plays||Record, Player, Team vs. Opponent||Year|
|Touchdown run||94, Hascall Henshaw, Arizona State vs. Western Reserve||1941|
|Touchdown pass||80, Brian Hare from Kyle Orton, Purdue vs. Arizona State||2004|
|Kickoff return||100, Peter Panuska, Tennessee vs. Maryland||1984|
|Punt return||82, Marcus Wall, North Carolina vs. Texas||1994|
|Interception return||91, Don "Skip" Hoovler, Ohio State vs. West Texas||1962|
|Punt||78, Scott Blanton, Oklahoma vs. Texas Tech||1993|
|Field goal||62, Tony Franklin, Texas A&M vs. Florida||1977|
|Largest attendance||54,021, Notre Dame vs. Miami (FL)||2010|
The Sun Bowl's contract with CBS Sports is the longest continuous relationship between a bowl game and one TV network, spanning since 1968 and running through at least 2019. It is one of only two college football games on CBS that does not involve the Southeastern Conference (the other being the Army–Navy Game). Although every other year, CBS broadcasts the Notre Dame–Navy game when the latter is playing as the home team. As of 2017, the game is one of only five bowls that is not being carried by the ESPN family of networks - the Cure Bowl and Arizona Bowl are also under contract with CBS Sports and air on CBS Sports Network, while the Holiday Bowl and Foster Farms Bowl rights are held by Fox Sports.
The game traditionally kicks off at "High Noon" MST (2 p.m. EST). Before 2010, Helen of Troy also sponsored the halftime show, which featured such artists as Los Lonely Boys, The Village People, Baby Bash, David Archuleta, Rihanna, and Diamond Rio.[needs update]
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