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This article is about the post-season bowl game. For the namesake stadium, see Sun Bowl stadium.
Sun Bowl
Hyundai Sun Bowl
Hyundai sun bowl 2010 logo.png
2010 Sun Bowl Logo
Stadium Sun Bowl stadium
Location El Paso, Texas
Previous stadiums Jones Stadium (1935–1937)
Kidd Field (1938–1962)
Operated 1935–present
Conference tie-ins Pac-12, ACC
Previous conference tie-ins Big Ten (1995–2005)
Payout US$4,100,000 combined (As of 2010)
Sponsors
John Hancock (1987–1993)
Norwest (1996–1998)
Wells Fargo (1999–2003)
Helen of Troy Limited (2004-2009; through its Vitalis and Brut brands)
Hyundai (2010–present)
Former names
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)
2013 matchup
UCLA vs. Virginia Tech (UCLA 42–12)

The Sun Bowl is an annual U.S. college football bowl game that is usually played at the end of December in El Paso, Texas. The Sun Bowl, along with the Sugar Bowl and the Orange Bowl, are the second-oldest bowl games in the country, behind the Rose Bowl (first played 1902, played annually since 1916). In most of its early history, the game pitted the champion of the Border Conference against an at-large opponent. Games are now played at Sun Bowl Stadium on the campus of the University of Texas at El Paso. The first three were played at El Paso High School stadium (1935–1937), then switched to Kidd Field until the present stadium was ready in 1963. For its first 24 years of existence, the game was played on January 1 (New Year's Day) or January 2; since then, with the exception of a January 2 game in 1977, the game has been played in December, with the last 15 games played on or near December 31.

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 becomes the fourth title sponsor of the Sun Bowl, after Helen of Troy (through its Vitalis and Brut brands), Norwest/Wells Fargo, and John Hancock Insurance; the bowl was known as the John Hancock Bowl for the last five years of the firm's contract with the bowl. Hyundai signed a four-year contract with the Sun Bowl committee, which runs through the 2013 game.

Beginning in 2013, the Sun Bowl matches the Pac-12 Conference against the ACC. The Sun Bowl will have the fourth selection after the BCS from the Pac-12 and either the ACC Championship Game runner-up or the third pick after the BCS from the ACC. With the most recent agreement with the Sun Bowl, the ACC keeps its Sun Bowl ties for at least four more years; the most recent prior Sun Bowl agreement was done in conjunction with the Gator Bowl, where the ACC, Big East, and Big XII conferences (as well as Notre Dame) had a rotating arrangement with the two bowls.

The 1992 game was the final head-coaching appearance of College Football Hall of Famer (and future AFCA Executive Director) Grant Teaff of Baylor. Teaff's Bears won over Arizona.

The 1940 Sun Bowl set the record for fewest points scored, when the Arizona State Sun Devils played the Catholic University Cardinals to a 0–0 tie.

Game results[edit]

Sun Bowl logo used prior to corporate sponsorship, until 1986.
Date played Winning team Losing team Notes
January 1, 1935 El Paso All-Stars 25 Ranger (Texas) 21 notes
January 1, 1936 Hardin-Simmons 14 New Mexico State 14 notes
January 1, 1937 Hardin-Simmons 34 UTEP 6 notes
January 1, 1938 West Virginia 7 Texas Tech 6 notes
January 2, 1939 Utah 26 New Mexico 0 notes
January 1, 1940 Arizona State 0 Catholic 0 notes
January 1, 1941 Western Reserve 26 Arizona State 13 notes
January 1, 1942 Tulsa 6 Texas Tech 0 notes
January 1, 1943 Second Air Force 13 Hardin-Simmons 7 notes
January 1, 1944 Southwestern 7 New Mexico 0 notes
January 1, 1945 Southwestern 35 UNAM 0 notes
January 1, 1946 New Mexico 34 Denver 24 notes
January 1, 1947 Cincinnati 18 Virginia Tech 6 notes
January 1, 1948 Miami (Ohio) 13 Texas Tech 12 notes
January 1, 1949 West Virginia 21 UTEP 12 notes
January 2, 1950 UTEP 33 Georgetown 20 notes
January 1, 1951 West Texas State 14 Cincinnati 13 notes
January 1, 1952 Texas Tech 25 Pacific 14 notes
January 1, 1953 Pacific 26 Southern Miss 7 notes
January 1, 1954 UTEP 37 Southern Miss 14 notes
January 1, 1955 UTEP 47 Florida State 20 notes
January 2, 1956 Wyoming 21 Texas Tech 14 notes
January 1, 1957 George Washington 13 UTEP 0 notes
January 1, 1958 Louisville 34 Drake 20 notes
December 31, 1958 Wyoming 14 Hardin-Simmons 6 notes
December 31, 1959 New Mexico State 28 North Texas 8 notes
December 31, 1960 New Mexico State 20 Utah State 13 notes
December 30, 1961 Villanova 17 Wichita State 9 notes
December 31, 1962 West Texas State 15 Ohio 14 notes
December 31, 1963 Oregon 21 SMU 14 notes
December 26, 1964 Georgia 7 Texas Tech 0 notes
December 31, 1965 UTEP 13 TCU 12 notes
December 24, 1966 Wyoming 28 Florida State 20 notes
December 30, 1967 UTEP 14 Mississippi 7 notes
December 28, 1968 Auburn 34 Arizona 10 notes
December 20, 1969 Nebraska 45 Georgia 6 notes
December 19, 1970 Georgia Tech 17 Texas Tech 9 notes
December 18, 1971 LSU 33 Iowa State 15 notes
December 30, 1972 North Carolina 32 Texas Tech 28 notes
December 29, 1973 Missouri 34 Auburn 17 notes
December 28, 1974 Mississippi State 26 North Carolina 24 notes
December 26, 1975 Pittsburgh 33 Kansas 19 notes
January 2, 1977 Texas A&M 37 Florida 14 notes
December 31, 1977 Stanford 24 LSU 14 notes
December 23, 1978 Texas 42 Maryland 0 notes
December 22, 1979 Washington 14 Texas 7 notes
December 27, 1980 Nebraska 31 Mississippi State 17 notes
December 26, 1981 Oklahoma 40 Houston 14 notes
December 25, 1982 North Carolina 26 Texas 10 notes
December 24, 1983 Alabama 28 SMU 7 notes
December 22, 1984 Maryland 28 Tennessee 27 notes
December 28, 1985 Arizona 13 Georgia 13 notes
December 25, 1986 Alabama 28 Washington 6 notes
December 25, 1987 Oklahoma State 35 West Virginia 33 notes
December 24, 1988 Alabama 29 Army 28 notes
December 30, 1989 Pittsburgh 31 Texas A&M 28 notes
December 31, 1990 Michigan State 17 USC 16 notes
December 31, 1991 UCLA 6 Illinois 3 notes
December 31, 1992 Baylor 20 Arizona 15 notes
December 24, 1993 Oklahoma 41 Texas Tech 10 notes
December 30, 1994 Texas 35 North Carolina 31 notes
December 29, 1995 Iowa 38 Washington 18 notes
December 31, 1996 Stanford 38 Michigan State 0 notes
December 31, 1997 Arizona State 17 Iowa 7 notes
December 31, 1998 TCU 28 USC 19 notes
December 31, 1999 Oregon 24 Minnesota 20 notes
December 29, 2000 Wisconsin 21 UCLA 20 notes
December 31, 2001 Washington State 33 Purdue 27 notes
December 31, 2002 Purdue 34 Washington 24 notes
December 31, 2003 Minnesota 31 Oregon 30 notes
December 31, 2004 Arizona State 27 Purdue 23 notes
December 30, 2005 UCLA 50 Northwestern 38 notes
December 29, 2006 Oregon State 39 Missouri 38 notes
December 31, 2007 Oregon 56 South Florida 21 notes
December 31, 2008 Oregon State 3 Pittsburgh 0 notes
December 31, 2009 Oklahoma 31 Stanford 27 notes
December 31, 2010 Notre Dame 33 Miami (Florida) 17 notes
December 31, 2011 Utah 30 Georgia Tech 27 (OT) notes
December 31, 2012 Georgia Tech 21 USC 7 notes
December 31, 2013 UCLA 42 Virginia Tech 12 notes

C.M. Hendricks Most Valuable Player Trophy[edit]

Jimmy Rogers, Jr. Most Valuable Lineman Trophy[edit]

John Folmer Most Valuable Special Teams Player Trophy[edit]

Year played MVP(s) Team Position
1994 Marcus Wall North Carolina WR
1995 Brion Hurley Iowa PK
1996 Troy Walters Stanford PR
1997 Jason Baker Iowa P
1998 Adam Abrams USC PK
1999 Ryan Rindels Minnesota PK
2000 Michael Bennett Wisconsin RB/KR
2001 Drew Dunning Washington State PK
2002 Anthony Chambers Purdue PR/KR
2003 Jared Siegel Oregon PK
2004 Dave Brytus Purdue P
2005 Brandon Braezell UCLA KR/WR
2006 Jeff Wolfert Missouri PK
2007 Matt Evensen Oregon PK
2008 Johnny Hekker Oregon State P
2009 Ryan Broyles Oklahoma WR
2010 David Ruffer Notre Dame K
2011 DeVonte Christopher Utah WR
2012 Jamal Golden Georgia Tech KR/DB
2013 Kaim Fairbairn UCLA K

Most appearances[edit]

Rank Team Appearances Record
1 Texas Tech 9 1–8
2 UTEP 8 5–3
T3 Oregon 4 3–1
T3 UCLA 4 3–1
T3 Arizona State 4 2–1–1
T3 North Carolina 4 2–2
T3 Texas 4 2–2
T3 Hardin-Simmons 4 1–2–1
T3 Washington 4 1-3
T10 Alabama 3 3–0
T10 Oklahoma 3 3–0
T10 Wyoming 3 3–0
T10 New Mexico State 3 2–0–1
T10 Georgia Tech 3 2–1
T10 Pittsburgh 3 2–1
T10 Stanford 3 2–1
T10 West Virginia 3 2–1
T10 Georgia 3 1–1–1
T10 New Mexico 3 1–2
T10 Purdue 3 1–2
T10 Arizona 3 0–2–1
T10 USC 3 0–3

Broadcasting[edit]

The Sun Bowl's contract with CBS Sports is the longest continuous relationship between a bowl game and one TV network, spanning since 1968. 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) and the only postseason game that is not aired on one of the ESPN family of networks (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, and ABC air all other bowls). The CBS deal has been extended until the 2019 game, making the game unique in that it is the only non-ESPN game remaining. The game traditionally kicks off at "High Noon" MST, or 2 p.m. EST. Helen of Troy has also sponsored the halftime show, which has recently featured such artists as Los Lonely Boys, The Village People, Baby Bash, David Archuleta, Rihanna, and Diamond Rio.

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