Sun Bowl

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Sun Bowl
Hyundai Sun Bowl
Hyundai sun bowl 2010 logo.png
2010 Sun Bowl Logo
Stadium Sun Bowl
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)
Big 12 (2006–2009)
Big East/Notre Dame (2006–2009)
Payout US$2,150,000 (as of 2015)[1]
Sponsors
John Hancock (1987–1993)
Norwest Corporation (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)
2016 matchup
Stanford vs. North Carolina (Stanford 25–23)
2017 matchup
TBD (December 29, 2017)

The Sun Bowl is an annual American 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. Games are currently played at Sun Bowl Stadium on the campus of the University of Texas at El Paso, and since 2014 have featured teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and the Pac-12 Conference (Pac-12).

History[edit]

The first game was played on New Year's Day of 1935, between high school teams;[2] the first collegiate game was held on New Year's Day of 1936.[3] In most of its early history, the game pitted the champion of the Border Conference against an at-large opponent.[4] 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.[5] 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 December 31.[3]

Notable games[edit]

The 1940 Sun Bowl 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.

Due to a freak winter storm before the 1974 game, followed by warming temperatures as the sun created a rising steam from the field during the first half, the game was nicknamed the "Fog Bowl".[4]

The 1992 game was the final head-coaching appearance of 2001 College Football Hall of Fame inductee Grant Teaff of Baylor University; Teaff's Bears won over Arizona.[6]

The 1994 game was voted the greatest Sun Bowl ever played, and included four touchdowns by Priest Holmes, as Texas defeated North Carolina.[4]

The 2005 Sun Bowl set the record for most points scored, when UCLA defeated Northwestern by a score of 50–38.

Since the NCAA started the use of overtime in Division I bowl games in 1995,[7] the 2011 game is the only Sun Bowl to be decided in overtime, with Utah defeating Georgia Tech by a score of 30–27.[3]

Sponsorship[edit]

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.[8] Hyundai later signed a six-year extension, and will sponsor the game through 2019.[9] Hyundai becomes the fourth title sponsor of the Sun Bowl, after Helen of Troy (through its Vitalis and Brut brands),[10] 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.

Conference tie-ins[edit]

Since 2014, the Sun Bowl Football Selection Committee has shared the third through sixth selections from the ACC with the Belk Bowl, the Pinstripe Bowl and either the Taxslayer Bowl or the Music City Bowl. The Orange Bowl has the ACC champion or the first selection, followed by the Russell Athletic Bowl. On the Pac-12 side, the Sun Bowl has the fourth selection, following the College Football Playoff.[citation needed]

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 non-collegiate game[2][3]
January 1, 1936 Hardin–Simmons 14 New Mexico A&M 14 notes
January 1, 1937 Hardin–Simmons 34 Texas Mines 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 Texas Mines 12 notes
January 2, 1950 Texas Western 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 Texas Western 37 Southern Miss 14 notes
January 1, 1955 Texas Western 47 Florida State 20 notes
January 2, 1956 Wyoming 21 Texas Tech 14 notes
January 1, 1957 George Washington 13 Texas Western 0 notes
January 1, 1958 Louisville 34 Drake 20 notes
December 31, 1958 Wyoming 14 Hardin–Simmons 6 notes
December 31, 1959 New Mexico A&M 28 North Texas 8 notes
December 31, 1960 New Mexico State 20 Utah State 13 notes
December 30, 1961 Villanova 17 Wichita 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 Texas Western 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
December 27, 2014 Arizona State 36 Duke 31 notes
December 26, 2015 Washington State 20 Miami (Florida) 14 notes
December 30, 2016 Stanford 25 North Carolina 23 notes

Awards[edit]

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

Named after the first Sun Bowl Association President, Dr. C. M. Hendricks.[11]
Two players have been two-time MVPs – Charley Johnson (1959, 1960)[12] and Billy Stevens (1965, 1967).[13]

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

Named after former Sun Bowl President Jimmy Rogers, Jr.[20]

John Folmer Most Valuable Special Teams Player Trophy[edit]

Named after former Sun Bowl President John Folmer.[23]

Year played MVP(s) Team Position
1982 Rob Rogers North Carolina PK/DB/PR
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 Ka'imi Fairbairn UCLA K
2014 Kalen Ballage Arizona State RB
2015 Erik Powell Washington State K
2016 Conrad Ukropina Stanford K

Most appearances[edit]

Only teams with at least three appearances are listed.

Rank Team Appearances Won Lost Tied Win Pct.
1 Texas Tech 9 1 8 0 .111
2 Texas Mines/Texas Western/UTEP 8 5 3 0 .625
T3 Arizona State 5 3 1 1 .700
T3 North Carolina 5 2 3 0 .400
T5 Oregon 4 3 1 0 .750
T5 UCLA 4 3 1 0 .750
T5 Stanford 4 3 1 0 .750
T5 Texas 4 2 2 0 .500
T5 Hardin–Simmons 4 1 2 1 .375
T5 Washington 4 1 3 0 .250
T11 Alabama 3 3 0 0 1.000
T11 Oklahoma 3 3 0 0 1.000
T11 Wyoming 3 3 0 0 1.000
T11 New Mexico A&M/New Mexico State 3 2 0 1 .833
T11 Georgia Tech 3 2 1 0 .666
T11 Pittsburgh 3 2 1 0 .666
T11 West Virginia 3 2 1 0 .666
T11 Georgia 3 1 1 1 .500
T11 New Mexico 3 1 2 0 .333
T11 Purdue 3 1 2 0 .333
T11 Arizona 3 0 2 1 .167
T11 USC 3 0 3 0 .000

Broadcasting[edit]

The Sun Bowl's contract with CBS Sports is the longest continuous relationship between a bowl game and one TV network,[24] 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 2015, the game is one of only three bowls that is not being carried by the ESPN family of networks. The Cure Bowl is also under contract with CBS Sports and airs on CBS Sports Network, while the Arizona Bowl rights are held by Sinclair Broadcasting through its American Sports Network subsidiary.

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.[needs update]

Future games[edit]

Season Date scheduled[25] Day of the week
2017 December 29, 2017 Friday
2018 December 31, 2018 Monday
2019 December 31, 2019 Tuesday

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.statisticbrain.com/college-bowl-game-payouts/
  2. ^ a b http://www.sunbowl.org/the_sun_bowl_game/legend/17
  3. ^ a b c d http://fs.ncaa.org/Docs/stats/football_records/2016/bowls.pdf
  4. ^ a b c http://www.sunbowl.org/the_sun_bowl_game/history
  5. ^ http://www.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/stories/120506aag.html
  6. ^ http://www.sunbowl.org/the_sun_bowl_game/legend/21
  7. ^ http://www.cbssports.com/college-football/news/adopting-overtime-built-20-years-of-thrills-into-college-football-an-oral-history/
  8. ^ "Hyundai Sun Bowl - Sponsorship Announcement 6/24/2010". hyundaisunbowl. June 25, 2010. Retrieved January 4, 2017 – via YouTube. 
  9. ^ http://www.sunbowl.org/sponsors
  10. ^ http://www.sunbowl.org/the_sun_bowl_game/legend/27
  11. ^ http://www.sunbowl.org/about
  12. ^ a b c http://www.sunbowl.org/the_sun_bowl_game/legend/3
  13. ^ a b c http://www.sunbowl.org/the_sun_bowl_game/legend/2
  14. ^ http://www.sunbowl.org/the_sun_bowl_game/legend/9
  15. ^ http://www.sunbowl.org/the_sun_bowl_game/legend/22
  16. ^ http://www.sunbowl.org/the_sun_bowl_game/legend/23
  17. ^ http://www.sunbowl.org/the_sun_bowl_game/legend/16
  18. ^ http://www.sunbowl.org/the_sun_bowl_game/legend/18
  19. ^ http://www.sunbowl.org/the_sun_bowl_game/legend/26
  20. ^ http://www.sunbowl.org/the_sun_bowl_game/legend/11
  21. ^ http://www.sunbowl.org/the_sun_bowl_game/legend/12
  22. ^ http://www.sunbowl.org/the_sun_bowl_game/legend/29
  23. ^ http://www.sunbowl.org/the_sun_bowl_game/legend/15
  24. ^ http://www.cbspressexpress.com/cbs-sports/releases/view?id=13562
  25. ^ http://kisselpaso.com/2017-2019-sun-bowl-game-dates-set/

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