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THIS WEEK IN THE ACC AND PAC-12 (WEEK NINE) October 25, 2018

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

EL PASO, Texas – More big games, surprises and upsets littered the Pac-12 and ACC last week. Every game matters as teams compete for postseason bowl games and we look at some games involving potential Hyundai Sun Bowl opponents.

Pac-12
After losing two consecutive games, No. 24 Stanford earned a 20-13 win over Arizona State. No. 14 Washington State upset then No. 12 Oregon 34-20, setting up an intriguing matchup between the Cougars and Stanford. A week after losing to Oregon, No. 15 Washington defeated Colorado 27-13. California earned its first Pac-12 win, defeating Oregon State 49-7. No. 23 Utah won its third consecutive game with a 41-28 win against USC, while UCLA continues to build momentum with a 31-30 victory over Arizona, its second straight win.

The Pac-12 is a wide-open conference. Every team has at least one conference loss and there are still several marquee matchups coming up in 2018. Here’s a few intriguing games happening this week.

No. 23 Utah at UCLA (Friday)
No. 23 Utah (5-2, 3-2 Pac-12) enters play coming off a 41-28 victory over USC. The Utes’ defense allowed just 205 yards to the Trojans. Offensively, the Utes gained 541 yards, their most against an FBS opponent this season. Utah’s defense ranks first in the nation against the run and 10th in total defense. UCLA (2-5, 2-2 Pac-12) is coming off a 31-30 victory against Arizona. After losing its first five games, UCLA has won its last two. The Bruins are averaging 34 points and 404 yards of offense in the two wins, up from 18 points and 334 yards a game in their five losses.

Arizona State at USC
Arizona State (3-4, 1-3 Pac-12) lost its last contest 20-13 to Stanford. The Sun Devils gained 437 yards of offense, which was 79 more yards than the Cardinal, but the three turnovers committed were too much to overcome. It was the Sun Devils’ first loss at home this season. USC (4-3, 3-2 Pac-12) returns home after a 41-28 defeat to Utah. The Trojans jumped out to an early 14-0 lead against the Utes but struggled to find consistent success against the Pac-12’s top defense. The Trojans may be down to their third quarterback against the Sun Devils as starter JT Daniels and backup Matt Fink were injured against Utah. If Daniels doesn’t clear the concussion protocol it will be Jack Sears going against ASU.

No. 14 Washington State at No. 24 Stanford
The No. 14 Cougars (6-1, 3-1 Pac-12) enter this week coming off a 34-20 upset win over then No. 12 Oregon. WSU led 27-0 at halftime and were able to shut the door on the Ducks who tried to make a comeback in the second half. Washington State averages 400 passing yards a game which ranks first in the nation. It ranks second in the nation in total passing offense. No. 24 Stanford (5-2, 3-1 Pac-12) finds itself back in the AP Top 25 after a 20-13 win over Arizona State. The Cardinal dominated time of possession with their running attack, gaining 127 yards on the ground and keeping the ball for over 38 minutes. Stanford also saw the return of running back Bryce Love, who missed the game against Utah with an ankle injury.

Other Pac-12 Games
Saturday
Oregon State (1-6, 0-4 Pac-12) @ Colorado (5-2, 2-2 Pac-12)
No. 15 Washington (6-2, 4-1 Pac-12) @ California (4-3, 1-3 Pac-12)
No. 19 Oregon (5-2, 2-2 Pac-12) @ Arizona (3-5, 2-3 Pac-12)

ACC
No. 3 Clemson dominated No. 16 NC State 41-7, maintaining its spot as the top team in the ACC. Syracuse got back on the winning side with a 40-37 overtime win against North Carolina. Virginia defeated Duke 28-14, keeping momentum up after its win over then No. 16 Miami. Florida State is back over .500 after a 38-17 victory over Wake Forest.

All ACC teams are playing this week after several of them had last week off. Clemson may be the best team in the conference, but no one else’s spot is guaranteed. Here are some of the games that could have Sun Bowl implications this week.

Georgia Tech at Virginia Tech (Thursday)
Both teams head into this game coming off bye weeks. In its last contest, Georgia Tech (3-4, 1-3 ACC) lost 28-14 to Duke. The Yellow Jackets struggled to get their running game going and were held to 229 yards on the ground. They have averaged 352 rushing yards a game, which ranks first in the nation. Virginia Tech’s (4-2, 3-0 ACC) last contest was a 22-19 victory over North Carolina. The Hokies scored the game-winning touchdown with 19 seconds left in the fourth quarter. They struggled to slow down the Tar Heels’ offense, giving up 522 yards of offense, including 235 yards on the ground. With two weeks to prepare the Hokies’ defense looks to rebound against the Yellow Jackets.

Miami at Boston College (Friday)
Both teams enter this contest coming off their bye weeks. In its previous game Miami (5-2, 2-1 ACC) suffered its first ACC loss, 16-13 to Virginia. The Hurricanes struggled to find consistency in the passing game, gaining 190 yards through the air. Despite the loss, the Hurricanes still boast the nation’s top overall defense. Boston College (5-2, 2-1 ACC) earned a 38-20 victory over Louisville in its last game. The Eagles earned 430 yards of offense, with 251 of those yards coming on the ground. They are averaging 447 yards a game, while the Hurricanes are allowing just 237.

Duke at Pittsburgh
Duke (5-2, 1-2 ACC) comes into this week after a 28-14 loss to Virginia. The Blue Devils got off to a slow start and fell behind 14-0 by halftime and couldn’t complete a comeback in the second half. The Blue Devils’ defense is allowing just 19 points a game, and only 15 points in their five wins. Pittsburgh (3-4, 2-1 ACC) enters this game coming off its bye week. Its last game was a 19-14 loss at No. 3 Notre Dame. Offensively, the Panthers are averaging 24 points and 337 yards a game but improve to 34 points and 381 yards a game in their three wins this season.

Other ACC/Independent Games
Saturday
No. 2 Clemson (7-0, 4-0 ACC) @ Florida St. (4-3, 2-3 ACC)
Wake Forest (3-4, 0-3 ACC) @ Louisville (2-5, 0-4 ACC)
North Carolina (1-5, 1-3 ACC) @ Virginia (5-2, 3-1 ACC)
No. 22 NC State (5-1, 2-1 ACC) @ Syracuse (5-2, 2-2 ACC)
No. 3 Notre Dame (7-0) @ Navy 2-5

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 Michel Lujan on behalf of the Sun Bowl Association

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SUN BOWL ASSOCIATION TEAMS UP WITH MARATHON PETROLEUM TO BRING THE 2018 SUN BOWL MARATHON ALL-AMERICA GOLF CLASSIC October 24, 2018

SUN BOWL ASSOCIATION TEAMS UP WITH MARATHON PETROLEUM TO BRING THE 2018 SUN BOWL MARATHON ALL-AMERICA GOLF CLASSIC

EL PASO, Texas – The Sun Bowl Association has teamed up with a new sponsor as Marathon Petroleum joins the Sun Bowl family to present the 2018 Sun Bowl Marathon All-America Golf Classic at the El Paso Country Club, Nov. 18-20.

The Sun Bowl Marathon All-America Golf Classic is one of the premier amateur golf tournaments in the country. Some of golf’s brightest stars have traveled to El Paso to compete in the tournament since its inaugural year in 1974.

“We are thankful for the new partnership with Marathon Petroleum,” said Bernie Olivas, Executive Director of the Sun Bowl Association. “We’re excited to see where this relationship and partnership go as we know Marathon Petroleum is an outstanding and well-respected company.”

Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Davis Love III, Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler are just a handful of past participants who went on to have successful PGA careers. All-America Golf Classic Alumni have combined to win 54 majors championships and have earned over $2 billion in career earnings.

With the tournament heading into its 44th year, other golf greats to visit the borderland include Justin Thomas, Dustin Johnson, Webb Simpson, and Matt Kuchar just to name a few.

ABOUT MARATHON PETROLEUM
Marathon Petroleum Corporation (NYSE: MPC) is a leading, nationwide, integrated energy company headquartered in Findlay, Ohio. The company operates the nation’s largest refining system with over 3 million barrels per day of crude oil capacity across 16 refineries. MPC’s marketing system includes approximately 7,800 branded locations across the United States, including approximately 5,600 Marathon brand retail outlets. Speedway LLC, an MPC subsidiary, owns and operates approximately 4,000 retail convenience stores across the United States. MPC also owns the general partner and majority limited partner interest in two midstream companies, MPLX LP (NYSE: MPLX) and Andeavor Logistics LP (NYSE: ANDX), which own and operate gathering, processing, and fractionation assets, as well as crude oil and light product transportation and logistics infrastructure.

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THIS WEEK IN THE ACC AND PAC-12 (WEEK EIGHT) October 17, 2018

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

EL PASO, Texas – There were surprises and upsets last week in the ACC and Pac-12 and the experts anticipate another exciting week of play this week. With teams in each conference battling for spots in bowl games, we take a look at some of the action coming up this week between potential Hyundai Sun Bowl participants.

Pac-12
Oregon and Washington lived up to the hype as the Ducks earned a 30-27 overtime win over the Huskies. USC continues to rise in the standings after defeating No. 19 Colorado, 31-20 last week. Utah kept momentum going after taking down Stanford, with a 42-10 win over Arizona. UCLA would not throw in the towel on the season, earning its first victory in a 37-7 win over California.

The Pac-12 has shown that it’s a place for exciting football, and this week should be no different. Here’s some games to keep an eye on with teams that may be playing in El Paso at year’s end.

Stanford at Arizona State (Thursday)
Arizona State (3-3, 1-2 Pac-12) comes into this game off its bye week. In their last game, the Sun Devils lost 28-21 to then No. 21 Colorado. Arizona State is averaging 30 points a game, while gaining 416 yards of offense and allowing 385 yards a game. All three of the Sun Devils’ losses have come by just seven points. They host a Stanford team coming off its second consecutive loss, 40-21 to Utah. The loss dropped Stanford to 4-2 overall and 2-1 in conference play. Stanford was without running back Bryce Love, who sat out with an injury he suffered against Notre Dame. Despite the loss, Stanford gained 423 yards of offense against a Utah defense that was allowing just 300 yards a game.

No. 12 Oregon at No. 25 Washington State
Washington State (5-1, 2-1 Pac-12) comes into this game off its bye week. Quarterback Gardner Minshew leads the nation in passing yards with 2,422, including 430 yards and five touchdowns in the Cougars’ 56-37 victory over Oregon State last week. Hidden behind all the offensive numbers is a Washington State defense that allows just 311 yards a game, which ranks 14th nationally. Oregon (5-1, 2-1 Pac-12) makes the trip to Pullman coming off a 30-27 overtime victory over then No. 7 Washington. The Ducks found success in the running game, gaining 177 rushing yards against the Huskies’ defense, which included a six-yard run that sealed the victory for the Ducks in overtime.

USC at Utah
Utah improved to 4-2 (2-2 Pac-12) with a 42-10 victory over Arizona in its last contest. The Wildcats average 183 rushing yards a game but were held to just 72 yards on the ground by the Utes’ 11th-ranked defense, a defense that is allowing just 16 points a game. USC (4-2, 3-1 Pac-12) enters the game coming off a 31-20 win over then No. 19 Colorado. The Trojans are averaging 31 points a game in their last three contests, all victories. The Trojans jumped out to a 21-7 halftime lead and had to hold off a comeback attempt by the Buffaloes in the second half.

Other Pac-12 Games
Saturday
Colorado (5-1, 2-1 Pac-12) @ No. 15 Washington (5-2, 3-1 Pac-12)
California (3-3, 0-3 Pac-12) @ Oregon State (1-5, 0-3 Pac-12)
Arizona (3-4, 2-2 Pac-12) @ UCLA (1-5, 1-2 Pac-12)

ACC
Virginia flipped the script and used its defense to take down then No. 16 Miami, 16-13. Pittsburgh gave No. 4 Notre Dame all it could handle before losing 19-14. Duke’s defense showed up and held Georgia Tech’s rushing attack in check on its way to a 28-14 win. Boston College regrouped after its loss to NC State to earn a 38-20 victory over Louisville. North Carolina gave Virginia Tech a scare before losing 22-19 in the final seconds of the game.

Several teams had their bye week last week, but there was still plenty of good football and surprises in the ACC. Here’s a few games that could paint a clearer picture of the upcoming bowl season.

Virginia at Duke
Duke improved to 5-1 (1-1 ACC) with a 28-14 victory over Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets average 352 rushing yards a game, but the Blue Devils’ defense held them to just 229 yards on the ground. Duke’s defense and special teams forced three Georgia Tech fumbles, which Duke’s offense turned into three touchdowns, putting the game out of reach. Virginia (4-2, 2-1 ACC) travels to Durham after defeating then No. 16 Miami 16-13. It was the Cavaliers’ defense that rose to the occasion allowing just 13 points to a Hurricanes team that entered play averaging 41. They also forced three turnovers on the day. Duke’s defense is allowing 18 points a game, while Virginia’s allows just 19.

North Carolina at Syracuse
Syracuse (4-2, 1-2 ACC) enters play coming off a bye week. After winning its first four games of the season, Syracuse has lost two consecutive games to No. 3 Clemson and Pittsburgh. Both losses have come on the road, but the Orange return home this week to face North Carolina (1-4, 1-2 ACC). Syracuse averages 48 points a game at home this season. North Carolina lost in heartbreaking fashion to Virginia Tech last week, 22-19, surrendering the game-winning touchdown with just 19 seconds left to play in the game. In defeat, the Tar Heels had their best offensive output of the season with 522 yards gained on the day. They also posted 235 rushing yards against the Hokies’ defense, another season-high.

No. 16 NC State at No. 3 Clemson
Both teams enter this contest off their bye weeks, undefeated, ranked in the AP Top 25 and ranked in the top 10 defensively. Clemson (6-0, 3-0 ACC) ranks as the second-best defense in the country. The Tigers allow just 261 yards and 15 points a game. The Tigers were tested in their last home game, earning a 27-23 victory over Syracuse. NC State (5-0, 2-0 ACC) travels into town with the nation’s eighth-ranked defense, allowing 341 yards and 17 points a game. The last three games between the two have been decided by an average of 10 points, all Clemson wins.

Other ACC Games
Saturday
Wake Forest (3-3, 0-2 ACC) @ Florida St. (3-3, 1-3 ACC)

Bye Week: Boston College, Louisville, Miami, Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, Pittsburgh, Notre Dame.

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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WINNERS FROM PETER PIPER PIZZA SUN BOWL PUNT, PASS & KICK ANNOUNCED October 11, 2018

WINNERS FROM PETER PIPER PIZZA SUN BOWL PUNT, PASS & KICK ANNOUNCED


EL PASO, Texas – The Sun Bowl Association has verified the results and winners for the Peter Piper Pizza Sun Bowl Punt, Pass and Kick (PP&K) that was held on Wednesday, Oct. 10 at the Sun Bowl Stadium.

The winner in each age division will be honored in the 2018 FirstLight Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Parade on Thanksgiving morning and will also be honored at the 2018 Hyundai Sun Bowl on New Year’s Eve.

“Since the NFL stopped sponsoring this event last year, we decided to put this together because the kids really enjoy it,” said Sun Bowl Association Executive Director. “El Paso loves football and we are always finding ways to bring fun events for children in the community. All of the kids did excellent in the competition, and they expressed how much fun they had.”

The Sun Bowl Association invites everyone to the FirstLight Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Parade and the Hyundai Sun Bowl to congratulate each of the winners (listed below).

“On behalf of the Sun Bowl Association, I would like to thank the sponsor of this event, Peter Piper Pizza,” Olivas said. “Also, a big thanks to the El Paso Parks and Recreation department for once again assisting us with this event.”

Boys
Ages 6/7 – Nicholas J. Perez (punt: 6’10”; pass: 20’1”; kick: 26’11”; Total: 53’10”)
Ages 8/9 – Carlos E. Puente (punt: 53’11”, pass: 62’; kick: 46’11”; Total: 162’10”)
Ages 10/11 – Adian Bastidas (punt: 41’1”; pass: 66’10”; kick: 74’3”; Total: 182’2”)
Ages 12/13 – Kiva David Amber Lucero (punt: 28’; pass: 78’1”; kick: 52’9”; Total: 158’10”)

Girls
Ages 6/7 – Layla Burn (punt: 20’1”; pass: 19’9”; kick: 7’7”; Total: 47’5”)
Ages 8/9 – Natalie Gutierrez (punt: 0; pass: 4’0”; kick: 2’0”; Total: 6’0”)
Ages 10/11 – Allessandra Galvan (punt: 10’1”; pass: 26’7”; kick: 19’10”; Total: 56’6”)
Ages 12/13 – Amy Poorman (punt: 6’0”; pass: 22’3”; kick: 56’4”; Total: 56’4”)

WINNERS FROM PETER PIPER PIZZA SUN BOWL PUNT, PASS & KICK ANNOUNCED

WINNERS FROM PETER PIPER PIZZA SUN BOWL PUNT, PASS & KICK ANNOUNCED

WINNERS FROM PETER PIPER PIZZA SUN BOWL PUNT, PASS & KICK ANNOUNCED

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