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YMCA HYUNDAI SUN BOWL CHALLENGE FINAL WINNERS ANNOUNCED December 3, 2018

YMCA HYUNDAI SUN BOWL CHALLENGE FINAL WINNERS ANNOUNCED

EL PASO, Texas – The Sun Bowl Association and YMCA of El Paso have announced John Warren as the First-Place winner of the 2018 YMCA Hyundai Sun Bowl Challenge. Warren was one of four contestants to pick eight games correctly, but he guessed the point total for the tiebreaker.

“This is always such a fun contest to run and to participate in,” Executive Director of the Hyundai Sun Bowl Bernie Olivas said. “We are very thankful for the continued support from and relationship with the YMCA of El Paso. We are excited to see all the winners of this season’s contest at the game between Pitt and Stanford.”

One (1) First place prize to Jim Warren:
• Two (2) Captain’s Club Tickets to the 2018 Hyundai Sun Bowl Game
• One (1) parking pass
• Two (2) Pre-game tent party tickets
• One (1) Family membership to the El Paso YMCA for one (1) year

One (1) Second Place prize to Eric Bialowas:
• Two (2) Premium section tickets to the 2018 Hyundai Sun Bowl Game
• One (1) garage parking pass
• One (1) Adult membership to the El Paso YMCA for one (1) year

One (1) Third Place prize to Kevin Scott:
• Two (2) Preferred section tickets to the 2018 Hyundai Sun Bowl Game
• One (1) garage parking pass
• One (1) Adult membership to the El Paso YMCA for six (6) month

One (1) Fourth Place prize to Jorge Garcia:
• Two (2) Stadium section tickets to the 2018 Hyundai Sun Bowl Game
• One (1) garage parking pass
• One (1) Adult membership to the El Paso YMCA for three (3) month

One (1) Fifth Place prize to Louie Baisa:
• Two (2) Sun Seats section tickets to the 2018 Hyundai Sun Bowl Game
• One (1) garage parking pass
• One (1) Adult membership to the El Paso YMCA for one (1) month

The 85th Annual Hyundai Sun Bowl game will be played Monday, Dec. 31, at 12 p.m. MT (2 p.m. ET) at Sun Bowl Stadium.

The 2018 game will mark the 51st consecutive broadcast on CBS. Tickets are available by calling the Sun Bowl Association office at 915-533-4416.

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ACC COASTAL DIVISION CHAMPION, PITTSBURGH SET TO TAKE ON STANFORD IN 85TH ANNUAL HYUNDAI SUN BOWL December 2, 2018

ACC COASTAL DIVISION CHAMPION, PITTSBURGH SET TO TAKE ON STANFORD IN 85TH ANNUAL HYUNDAI SUN BOWL

EL PASO, Texas – The Sun Bowl Association and Hyundai of El Paso have announced that Pittsburgh will face Stanford in the 85th Annual Hyundai Sun Bowl, Monday, Dec. 31 at 12 p.m. (MT) in Sun Bowl Stadium.

The Pitt Panthers represent the ACC (Atlantic Coast Conference) after coming off a 7-6 overall record during the regular season and earning runner-up in the conference. The Panthers won the ACC’s Coastal Division with a 6-2 mark. The Stanford Cardinal head to its 10th consecutive bowl game, a school-record, after going 8-4 overall and 6-3 in the Pac-12.

“This is another great matchup with two really good football teams,” Executive Director of the Sun Bowl Association Bernie Olivas said. “To have a conference runner-up in our game is always great. We are ecstatic for the teams to arrive and enjoy a fun and exciting week with the Borderland community.”

This marks Pitt’s 34th all-time bowl appearance and third under the direction of Coach Pat Narduzzi. The ACC runner-up, Pitt enters the bowl season with a 7-6 overall record.

The 2018 bowl appearance will be the 30th overall for Stanford, and fifth trip to the Sun Bowl. The Cardinal is 14-14-1 in bowl games, and 3-1 in the Sun Bowl, most recently defeating North Carolina, 25-23, in 2016. This will be Stanford’s third straight bowl game in the state of Texas, including the 2017 Alamo Bowl.

“How could we not take the ACC Coastal Division Champions and a team that works as hard as it does,” said football selection committee chairman John Folmer. “The City of El Paso loves football and knows that this will be a good matchup to look forward to.”

Tickets for the 85th Annual Hyundai Sun Bowl are on sale through Ticketmaster and the Sun Bowl Association office. The 2018 Hyundai Sun Bowl is set for Monday, Dec. 31 in Sun Bowl Stadium with kick-off scheduled for 12 p.m. (MT).

All information for the game can be viewed online through the link available at www.sunbowl.org. Customers and fans can also call the Sun Bowl Association office (915-533-4416) and are also invited to stop by the Sun Bowl Association office located at 4150 Pinnacle Street, Suite 100 in El Paso to purchase tickets.

Appearances in Sun Bowl
Pittsburgh (2-1)
Win vs. Kansas, 33-19 (Dec. 26, 1975)
Win vs. Texas A&M, 31-28 (Dec. 30, 1989)
Loss vs. Oregon State, 3-0 (Dec. 31, 2008)

Stanford (3-1)
Win vs. Louisiana State, 24-14 (Dec. 31, 1977)
Win vs. Michigan State, 38-0 (Dec. 31, 1996)
Loss vs. Oklahoma, 31-27 (Dec. 31, 2009)
Win vs. North Carolina, 25-23 (Dec. 31, 2016)

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THIS WEEK IN THE ACC AND PAC-12 (CHAMPIONSHIP WEEK) November 28, 2018

THIS WEEK IN THE ACC AND PAC-12 (CHAMPIONSHIP WEEK)

EL PASO, Texas – The 2018 College Football regular season has wrapped up for most teams. There are conference title games still left to be played to crown conference champions, but many are waiting to see where they’ll be heading this bowl season. Bowl selections will happen Sunday, Dec. 2, so we’re just days away from finding out who will be traveling to El Paso to play in the Hyundai Sun Bowl on Dec. 31.

Here’s the action going on this week in the Pac-12 and ACC.

Pac-12
No. 17 Utah knows its opponent for the Pac-12 Conference Championship game. No. 10 Washington earned its seventh straight Apple Cup victory, defeating No. 13 Washington State 28-15, earning it the right to play the Utes. After an up-and-down season, Oregon ended on a high note, defeating rival Oregon State 55-15. USC gave No. 3 Notre Dame all it could handle but fell 24-17. Utah earned 35-27 comeback victory over BYU. UCLA battled Stanford until the end, eventually losing 49-42. Arizona State defeated rival Arizona 41-40. Colorado ended the season with seven consecutive losses, losing 33-21 to California.

The Pac-12 Conference Championship game isn’t the only game this weekend with bowl implications as Stanford and California will take the field this week to make up their postponed matchup. Both games will influence the Pac-12 standings and who will be heading where come bowl selections on Sunday.

No. 17 Utah vs. No. 10 Washington (Friday)
The North and South divisions clash this Friday in Santa Clara, Calif. as No. 17 Utah (9-3, 6-3 Pac-12) meets No. 10 Washington (9-3, 7-2) to determine the Pac-12 Conference Champion. This game will serve as a rematch as the Huskies defeated the Utes 21-7 back on Sept. 15.

Utah is coming off a 35-27 win over rival BYU. A key difference in its game against Washington this time will be quarterback Jason Shelley, who didn’t play against the Huskies last time. Shelley took over the starting role after Tyler Huntley went down with an injury against Arizona State. The Utes are 3-0 and averaging 32 points a game in Shelley’s three starts. Defensively, Utah is allowing just 19 points and 316 yards a game. The Utes also rank fifth in the country in rushing defense, allowing just 100 yards a game on the ground.

The Huskies enter the game coming off a 28-15 victory over then No. 8 Washington State, giving them a share of the Pac-12 North title. This marks the second time in three seasons that Washington will compete for the Pac-12 Conference Championship. Under quarterback Jake Browning, the Huskies average 28 points and 421 yards a game. They also shine defensively, surrendering 17 points and just 311 yards a game. This game has the potential to be a defensive battle like the first encounter, but this time the reward is a date at the Rose Bowl.

Stanford at California
Stanford (7-4, 5-3) travels to take on California (7-4, 4-4) in a game that will still have an effect on the Pac-12 standing, potentially influencing who could be playing in the Hyundai Sun Bowl this year. The game was originally scheduled for Nov. 17, but poor air quality forced it to be rescheduled. The Cardinal enter this game after defeating UCLA 49-42 last week. It was a game won through the air as quarterback K.J. Costello threw for 344 yards and five touchdowns on the day. They are averaging 30 points and 401 yards of offense a game. The Golden Bears also come into the game off a victory, defeating Colorado 33-21. California scored two touchdowns defensively, both interception returns, in the first quarter, setting the tone for the rest of the game. For the season, the Golden Bears’ defense allows just 21 points and 319 yards a game.

ACC
The stage is set for the ACC Championship game between No. 2 Clemson and Pittsburgh and while the Panthers are entering the game off a loss, anything can happen in those 60 minutes. Virginia Tech defeated Virginia 34-31 and play Marshall this week in a makeup game with bowl eligibility on the line. Georgia Tech lost to in-state rival No. 4 Georgia 45-21. Florida State failed to earn bowl eligibility, losing to No. 9 Florida 41-14. Louisville’s season came to an end with a 56-10 loss to No. 15 Kentucky. No. 20 Syracuse defeated Boston College 42-21. NC State defeated North Carolina 34-28 and will play a makeup game against East Carolina this week in hopes of improving its record. Wake Forest earned bowl eligibility, defeating Duke 59-7.

The standings in the ACC are virtually set as there’s only one game left between conference opponents. Still, ACC competition has been all over the place this season, so the championship game has the potential to provide some late-season fireworks and drama.

No. 2 Clemson vs. Pittsburgh
The ACC Championship game is set between No. 2 Clemson (12-0, 8-0 ACC) and Pittsburgh (7-5, 6-2) in Charlotte, N.C. Clemson kept its undefeated season alive defeating rival South Carolina 56-36 last week. It was the most points surrendered by the Tiger defense all season. Clemson’s defense allows just 14 points and 283 yards a game, ranking fourth and seventh, respectively, in the nation. The Tigers also have the third-ranked offense in the country, gaining 539 yards and scoring 46 points a game.

Pittsburgh enters this championship game coming off a 24-3 loss to Miami. The loss snapped a four-game winning streak for the Panthers where they were averaging 41 points a game. On the season Pittsburgh is averaging 28 points and 386 yards a game. It leans heavily on the running attack, averaging 233 rushing yards a game.

Other ACC Games
East Carolina (3-8) @ NC State (8-3, 5-3)
Marshall (8-3) @ Virginia Tech (5-6, 4-4)
Visit www.sunbowl.org for a chance to win tickets to the 2018 Hyundai Sun Bowl. A team from the ACC/Notre Dame will take on a team from the Pac-12 on Dec. 31, 2018 at noon in El Paso, Texas.

by Michael Lujan on behalf of the Hyundai Sun Bowl

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SELECTION SUNDAY FOR BOWL GAMES SET FOR DECEMBER 2 November 26, 2018

SELECTION SUNDAY FOR BOWL GAMES SET FOR DECEMBER 2

EL PASO, Texas – The NCAA, the Football Bowl Association and the Division I football conferences are scheduled to announce all placements for post-season play Sunday, Dec. 2 at approximately 2 p.m. (MT).

A Selection Sunday Party will be hosted by The Sun Bowl Association and Hyundai from 12:30-3:00 p.m. (MT) at Sunland Park Racetrack located at 1200 Futurity Dr., Sunland Park, N.M. Fans can join the excitement of finding out who will play for the 2018 Hyundai Sun Bowl Championship Trophy and have many chances to win great prizes.

“This has been one of the most interesting college football seasons we’ve seen in a while,” said Executive Director of the Hyundai Sun Bowl Bernie Olivas. “Other than Clemson out of the ACC, both conferences were evenly matched.”

The 2018 Hyundai Sun Bowl game will take place on Monday, Dec. 31 at noon MT (2 p.m. ET) at Sun Bowl Stadium.

The 2018 game will mark the 85th anniversary of the Sun Bowl game and the 51st consecutive broadcast on CBS. The game will feature selections from the ACC and Pac-12 conferences.

NC State defeated Arizona State, 52-31 in the 2017 Hyundai Sun Bowl.

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THE 82ND ANNUAL FIRSTLIGHT FEDERAL CREDIT UNION SUN BOWL PARADE DRAWS AN ESTIMATED CROWD OF 240,000 November 23, 2018

THE 82ND ANNUAL FIRSTLIGHT FEDERAL CREDIT UNION SUN BOWL PARADE DRAWS AN ESTIMATED CROWD OF 240,000

EL PASO, Texas – An estimated crowd of 240,000 people from around the borderland gathered along Montana Ave. on Thanksgiving Day to enjoy an 82-year El Paso tradition.

Families and friends from El Paso and the surrounding area lined Montana Ave. in central El Paso before the sunrise to set up their chairs and get the best view of the parade. There were approximately 85 units in the parade including floats, marching bands, fire trucks, and monster trucks.

The highlight of the parade was the Grand Marshal, WWE Superstar Sin Cara who was born and raised in El Paso’s Segundo Barrio. Fans cheered as he rode through the parade route, while others ran up to the vehicle he was riding in to get pictures and autographs.

“We cannot thank KTSM enough for another successful broadcast of the parade. It’s the best one we’ve seen in over 16 years,” said Executive Director of the Sun Bowl Association, Bernie Olivas. “The weather was absolutely perfect this year and the crowd was great as always. The community is the reason we do this, and they continue to help keep this tradition alive.”

Highlights of the parade including photos and videos can be found on all the Hyundai Sun Bowl social media channels.

Hyundai Sun Bowl Social Media Accounts
Facebook: Hyundai Sun Bowl
Instagram: @HyundaiSunBowl
Snapchat: sunbowl2015