The Sun Bowl Association and Hyundai Motor America announced the extension of their partnership for six more years making the title sponsorship the longest running agreement for the nation’s second oldest bowl game.
“We are grateful to the good people at Hyundai Motor America and, certainly, Oscar Leeser for continuing their support of the Sun Bowl and El Paso,” said Walker Crowson, Sun Bowl Association President. “Our new sponsorship agreement with Hyundai allows the Sun Bowl to continue to host El Paso’s biggest event and position our game for future growth and success.
“We have been so pleased with our relationship with Hyundai and are excited to continue to work with Hyundai and Oscar for another six years.”
The six-year agreement runs in conjunction with contract renewals with the Pac-12 Conference and Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) set through 2019.
“I have always wanted to make a difference in my community, and I believe through my sponsorship of the Sun Bowl game, we are doing just that,” said Mayor Oscar Leeser, owner of Hyundai of El Paso. “The Hyundai Sun Bowl produces the largest economic impact of any annual event in El Paso, and I am proud to be able to help ensure that the Hyundai Sun Bowl continues to have a significant impact on the El Paso economy.
“All of this would not be possible without the help and support from Dave Zuchouski, President of Hyundai Motor America,” added Leeser. “Hyundai Motor America continues to have confidence in the El Paso community and the Hyundai Sun Bowl.”
The 81st Hyundai Sun Bowl is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 27 at noon (MST) at Sun Bowl Stadium in El Paso. CBS Sports will broadcast the game for the 47th consecutive year. The 2014 edition of one of El Paso’s longest-standing traditions will once again pit teams from the Pac-12 and ACC in a new selection format.
The Hyundai Sun Bowl Football Selection Committee will share the third through sixth selections from the ACC with the Belk Bowl, the New Era Pinstripe Bowl and either the Taxslayer.com Gator Bowl or the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl. The Discover Orange Bowl will continue to have the conference champion or the first selection followed by the Russell Athletic Bowl.
On the Pac-12 side, the Hyundai Sun Bowl will have the fourth selection following the newly-formed College Football Playoff.
“The success of events like the Hyundai Sun Bowl in El Paso is attributed to the monumental support of sponsors like Hyundai Motor America and Mayor Oscar Leeser,” said Bernie Olivas, Executive Director of the Sun Bowl Association. “We are delighted to continue our relationship with a sponsor that understands the positive impact the game brings to our community.
“The contract extensions with the conferences and Hyundai ensure more years of exciting football matchups in El Paso and we couldn’t be more thrilled to continue this tradition.”
About Hyundai Motor America
Hyundai, which was founded as Hyundai Auto Service in Korea in 1946, has established an American presence and over half the cars Hyundai sells in the U.S. are made in the U.S. Hyundai has a technologically sophisticated manufacturing facility in Montgomery, Ala., engineering facilities in Michigan, plus design, research and testing grounds in California. All of which provides around 5,000 jobs for American automotive workers. With more than 20,000 employees at dealerships and 6,000 workers employed by various vendors, Hyundai has created a micro-economy.
About the Sun Bowl Association
The Sun Bowl is one of the oldest college football bowl games in the nation. First played in 1935, the Hyundai Sun Bowl now matches teams from the ACC and Pac-12 conferences. Through the years, the Sun Bowl has featured many college football stars that went on to outstanding pro football careers. The list includes names such as Tony Dorsett, Barry Sanders, Don Maynard, Derrick Thomas, Thurman Thomas, Carson Palmer, LaDainian Tomlinson and Priest Holmes
Over the past 80 years, the Sun Bowl has drawn more than two million fans through its gates and has averaged 50,104 fans a year over this past decade, including four sellouts in 2004 (51,288), 2005 (50,426), 2009 (53,713) and 2010 (54,021).
One of the highlight matchups in the game’s 80-year history came in the inaugural year of Hyundai’s sponsorship. The renewal of the Notre Dame and Miami rivalry for the 2010 Sun Bowl game resulted in a sellout in less than 24 hours and the largest crowd to ever assemble at Sun Bowl Stadium.
The Sun Bowl Association produces additional major community events, such as the FirstLight Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Parade, the WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational, the Academy Sports + Outdoors Sun Bowl International Soccer Tournament, the Sun Bowl Fan Fiesta and the Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic.
While we enjoy Super Bowl XLVIII on Sunday afternoon, the Hyundai Sun Bowl family and fans can do it with a little sense of pride knowing that 16 players and coaches on that field are part of our Sun Bowl history!
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Ten players and coaches from the Seattle Seahawks are Sun Bowl alumni, six Denver Broncos have joined us in El Paso.
Seattle defensive end Cliff Avril (Purdue) and tight end Zach Miller (ASU) met on the gridiron in the 2004 Sun Bowl as the Sun Devils edged Purdue 27-23. Cornerback Walter Thurmond and center Max Unger were part of the 2007 Oregon team that defeated USF, 56-21. Cornerback Richard Sherman and wide receiver Doug Baldwin were part of the Stanford entourage in 2009 that fell to Oklahoma, 31-27.
The Seahawks’ Assistant Head Coach and Offensive Line coach Tom Cable was the offensive coordinator for UCLA in 2005, while special teams coordinator Brian Schneider served as the linebackers and safeties coach for the Bruins that same year. Defensive backs and cornerbacks coach Kris Richard was a cornerback for USC in 1998. Defensive Passing Game Coordinator Rocky Seto was also in El Paso in 1998 as a cornerback for the Trojans.
Broncos’ safety Quinton Carter was a member of the 2009 Oklahoma squad that defeated teammate Sione Fua’s Stanford Cardinal. Cornerback Marquice Cole visited the Sun City with Northwestern in 2005, falling to UCLA 50-38. Offensive tackle Orlando Franklin was with Miami in the Hurricane’s 2010 loss to Notre Dame, 33-17.
Defensive end Shaun Phillips was a two-time participant at the Sun Bowl with Purdue in 2001 and 2002, earning the Jimmy Rogers, Jr. Most Valuable Lineman trophy in 2002 recording three solo tackles, one pass deflection and one sack.
Offensive assistant Brian Callahan is the only member of the Broncos’ coaching staff that has been a part of a Sun Bowl team as a backup quarterback for UCLA in 2005.
EL PASO, Texas (from the AP) — The No. 17th UCLA Bruins defeated Virginia Tech, 42-12, in the 80th edition of the Hyundai Sun Bowl.
The Co-C.M. Hendricks Most Valuable Player, Brett Hundley had 86- and 7-yard touchdown runs and finished with 161 yards on 10 carries.
‘’I guess he can run a little,’’ UCLA coach Jim Mora said. ‘’He played well. He was poised.’’
Hundley also completed 16 of 29 passes for 226 yards and two scores.
‘’It was a special game,’’ Hundley said. ‘’We played well as an offense. We had to make adjustments. When we did, we got things going.’’
Hundley and UCLA linebacker Jordan Zumwalt shared MVP honors. Zumwalt had 10 tackles and returned an interception 43 yards to set up a touchdown.
’’It’s the best game I’ve ever seen him play,‘’ Mora said about Zumwalt. ’’He was unbelievable from start to finish.
The Bruins (10-3) outscored the Hokies (8-5) 28-2 in the fourth quarter.
After Virginia Tech cut it to 14-10 on Michael Branthover’s 22-yard field goal with 3:53 left in the third quarter, UCLA answered with a 12-play, 85-yard drive, capped by Paul Perkins’s 5-yard run early in the fourth.
Hokies backup quarterback Mark Leal then threw a pass under heavy pressure that linebacker Myles Jack intercepted and returned 29 yards for a touchdown that made it 28-10.
‘’In the second half we blocked things up better,’’ Mora said. ‘’We got back to doing what we do best. We played with great tempo. We were not as uptight.’’
Virginia Tech, which lost starting quarterback Logan Thomas to an injury in the second quarter, got its final points when UCLA punter Sean Covington stepped on the end line for a safety with 9:38 left.
Thomas, Virginia Tech’s career passing leader, left after taking a big hit along the UCLA sideline early in the second quarter. The hit resulted in a 15-yard penalty on the Bruins.
‘’It was tough to miss time on the field, the worst feeling of my career,’’ Thomas said. ‘’I would have rather you guys talk bad about me than miss time on the field. We were doing some good things on offense. I thought we were right on the verge of doing some good things.’’
UCLA pushed it to 35-12 on Hundley’s 8-yard touchdown pass to Thomas Duarte with 7:31 to play. The Bruins stayed aggressive late, and Hundley fired a 59-yard scoring strike down the right sideline to Shaquelle Evans for another score with 5:49 remaining.
It wasn’t that easy early on, though, for UCLA, which led 14-7 at the half. Hundley had six carries for 168 yards in the half. He set the Sun Bowl record for rushing yards by a quarterback by halftime, even though he lost 7 yards in the second to finish at 161.
The Bruins rushed for 202 yards in the first half – the most rushing yards the Hokies have given up this season. UCLA finished with 250 yards.
The win in the first meeting between the teams allowed UCLA to post its first 10-win season since 2005, and helped the Bruins forget last season’s 49-26 loss to Baylor in the Holiday Bowl.
Virginia Tech had its second-worst loss in a bowl game. Its worst was a 42-3 loss to North Carolina in the 1998 Gator Bowl. The 42 points the Hokies allowed were the second-most in a bowl game behind the 52 they gave up in a 52-49 loss to California in the 2003 Insight Bowl.
While the Hokies, making their 21st consecutive bowl appearance, were able to limit UCLA’s running backs to 49 yards, they had no answer for Hundley, who repeatedly gouged them for big gainers on designed quarterback counters.
‘’UCLA made the plays it had to and you have to give them credit,’’ Hokies coach Frank Beamer said. ‘’I was disappointed that we didn’t execute better.
‘’When we recovered the fumble down 14-7, I had hoped we could have punched it in for a touchdown, but we had to settle for three and then UCLA comes back and scores to make it 21-10. That was huge. I thought about going for it on fourth down but we just wanted to get something on the board.’’
Defensive Tackle Kenny Clark was named the Jimmy Rogers, Jr. Most Valuable Lineman Trophy and kicker Kaim Fairbairn was tabbed the John Folmer Most Valuable Special Teams Player.
John Bohannon had a double-double with 17 points and 15 rebounds and was awarded the tournament’s Barry Kobren Most Valuable Player as UTEP won the WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational on Sunday with a 60-54, double overtime triumph over Denver.
The Miners (10-5) registered their fifth consecutive victory, going to the line 36 times (making 26) and outrebounding the Pioneers 49-40. That was enough on a night where they shot 32.7 percent from the field but limited Denver to a .273 field goal percentage.
“Obviously we’re real happy to get the win,” UTEP coach Tim Floyd said. “We started off great [17-4 lead] and had a nice little cushion there. We played a very disciplined team that didn’t get outside of themselves when we got up. It was something our team can learn from, their poise offensively. They just kept coming at us, kept running their stuff and eventually broke us down for a three or a back cut and really guarded us.”
After falling behind 4-2, the Miners ran off 15 consecutive points. Denver closed the half with a 10-3 run to pull within six (20-14).
The Pioneers whittled an 11-point UTEP lead (33-22) down in the second half, and eventually regained the advantage, 46-44, on two free throws by Cam Griffin with 1:20 to play. Griffin led Denver with 15 points.
The Miners sent the game into overtime when C.J. Cooper hit two foul shots with 51 seconds remaining. The Pioneers’ Jalen Love missed a three pointer at the buzzer.
The teams played to a 3-3 draw in the first overtime. Julian Washburn missed a potential game-winning jumper as time ran out.
In the second overtime, Denver scored five of the first seven points to take a 54-51 lead on a layup by Chris Udofia with 3:14 to go. The Miners outscored the Pioneers 9-0 over the final 2:55. Vince Hunter’s layup gave UTEP the lead for good, 55-54, with 1:48 left. Hunter added a free throw at the 1:29 mark and Cooper buried a huge three with 41 seconds remaining. Jake Flaggert’s free throw with 11 seconds to go completed the scoring.
UTEP made more free throws than its opponent attempted for the fifth straight game. Denver finished 12-for-16 at the line. The Miners turned their +9 rebound margin into a 17-8 advantage in second chance points.
“The key things tonight were we got offensive rebound baskets,” Floyd said. “Cedrick Lang came off the bench and really helped us. Vince Hunter started the ballgame and didn’t play crunch minutes for the first time in a while. He didn’t play the last two minutes [in regulation] and the first overtime at all, and came in three minutes deep into the second overtime and did some great things. He received a pass from Ced in our zone offense and finished a play at the rim. He had a big block late. Ced made a couple of free throws late and C.J. knocked down a big basket late.”
For a while, it looked like the teams would have a hard time scoring 40 points. It was 37-35 Miners with five minutes remaining in regulation.
“Baskets were hard to come from,” Floyd said. “The key number was they shot 27 percent from the field and we had to go two overtimes, which tells us we didn’t shoot it real well ourselves. We won the battle on the boards, which was probably the biggest key in the game, and we got ourselves to the foul line and kept them off the foul line.”
Lang (10 points/eight rebounds) joined Bohannon on the All-Tournament Team. Hunter was the Don Haskins Award winner after collecting eight points and 10 rebounds. Cooper scored 15 points. Washburn shot 1-for-9 from the field and scored two points, but helped the Miners immensely on the other end of the floor.
“His defense was just terrific and we told him that in the locker room,” Floyd said. “He had a real struggle offensively tonight and you give their defense a ton of credit. But Julian did not get affected by his lack of offense, and it’s something Vince as a young player needs to pay attention to, because he’s going to have nights like that in his career. Julian went out and affected the game. He had a tremendous defensive rebound late when we needed it. He handled ball well against the press and guarded his guy. Whoever we put him on, he just shuts that guy down. He takes great pride in it.
“We had one assist at halftime and I thought good gosh,” Floyd said. “But again, I credit their defense. They did a great job and we’re not real fluid right now. We’re making adjustments in the backcourt and we don’t have a real flow coming into play. It’s something we’re going to work on. We’ve got nine days before our first conference game and we plan to maximize that time with our guys and see if we can’t get a little better.”
The Vista Hills Country Club has been chosen to host the 2013 Sun Bowl Golf Challenge. Representatives and fans from Virginia Tech and UCLA will be pitted against each other in an 18-hole two-person-scramble match play format.
The winning university will be determined by the number of matches a university wins. Two-person teams will be formed from each university, and they will go head-to-head against a two-person team from the other university. You can sign-up as a two-person team or you can sign-up as an individual, and we will place you on a team.
Golfers and Fans attending the WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational Basketball Tournament are also welcome to play. Teams must be entered and paid in full not later than noon on Saturday, December 28th, 2013.
For more information please call Bill Greenawald at 915-443-5589.