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This Week in the ACC and Pac-12 (WEEK SIX) October 3, 2018

This Week in the ACC and Pac-12 (WEEK SIX)

EL PASO, Texas – The 2018 college football season has already been an interesting and exciting one, with teams starting to separate themselves from one another. It is still hard to determine who will visit El Paso for the Hyundai Sun Bowl but there are plenty of games to follow out of the ACC and Pac-12 this week.

Pac-12
With conference play in full swing only one Pac-12 team remains undefeated after week five, the Colorado Buffaloes. Washington continue to look like a playoff contender, dominating then No. 20 BYU 35-7. Oregon rebounded nicely after its loss to Stanford with a 42-24 victory against then No. 24 California. USC got back over .500 with a 24-20 win at Arizona.

Here’s some notable games for week six.

Arizona State at No. 21 Colorado
Colorado is 4-0 for the first time since 1998 and found itself in the AP Top 25 for the first time since 2016. The Buffaloes average 284 yards passing and 205 yards rushing per game. The Sun Devils enter the game at 3-2 and earned head coach Herm Edwards his first Pac-12 win by defeating Oregon St. 52-24 last week. Sophomore running back Eno Benjamin rushed for 312 yards against the Beavers, setting a new school record for rushing yards in a game.

California at Arizona
Arizona enters the game at 2-3 after its comeback fell short against USC, losing 24-20. The Wildcats average 217 rushing yards per game but were held to just 98 yards against the Trojans. After falling behind 24-0 the Wildcats scored 20 unanswered points, but they’ll look to get off to a quicker start this week. California comes in off its first loss, losing to No. 18 Oregon 42-24. The Golden Bears suffered from five turnovers against the Ducks.

Utah at No. 14 Stanford
Stanford suffered its first loss of the season in a 38-17 loss to No. 6 Notre Dame, dropping its record to 4-1. Running back Bryce Love managed 73 yards rushing on 17 carries and one score. The Utes enter the contest at 2-2 after losing 28-24 to Washington St. In a game of contrasting styles, the Utes rushed for 204 yards and three touchdowns, while the Cougars threw for 445 yards and three scores. Utah still claims the No. 3 defense in the country and will take it on the road for the second straight week.

Other Pac-12 Games:
Saturday
No. 10 Washington (4-1, 2-0 Pac-12) @ UCLA (0-4, 0-1 Pac-12)
Washington State (4-1, 1-1 Pac-12) @ Oregon State (1-4, 0-2 Pac-12)

ACC
Clemson survived a scare at home, defeating Syracuse 27-23, avoiding back-to-back losses to the Orange. NC State joins the Associated Press (AP) Top 25 after defeating Virginia 35-21, moving to 4-0. Boston College, Georgia Tech, and Virginia Tech all rebounded and earned victories after suffering defeats a week ago.

Here’s some games to keep an eye on this week.

Georgia Tech at Louisville
Both teams enter Friday’s contest at 2-3 overall and 0-2 in ACC play. Louisville comes in off a 28-24 loss to Florida State. The Cardinals led the game 24-21 until Florida State scored on a 58-yard pass with 1:13 remaining in the game. Quarterback Jawon Pass connected for 306 passing yards and two touchdowns against the Seminoles. Georgia Tech snapped a three-game losing streak with a 63-17 victory over Bowling Green. The Yellow Jackets rushed for 372 yards against Bowling Green and now average 339 rushing yards a game, good for No. 2 in the nation.

Syracuse at Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh returns home this week after losing 45-14 on the road to No. 12 Central Florida, dropping them to 2-3 on the season. In their two wins, the Panthers have kept opponents under 20 points, but have allowed 38 points or more in their losses. Syracuse (4-1, 1-1 in ACC) enters this week’s game coming off its first loss of the season, a 27-23 defeat to No. 3 Clemson. Leading 23-13 in the fourth quarter, the Orange were unable to hold off the Tigers and will look to rebound in their second straight conference road game.

Boston College at No. 23 NC State
After a 4-0 start, NC State finds itself in the AP Top 25 for the first time this season. The Wolfpack picked up their first conference win last week with a 35-21 victory over Virginia. Running back Ricky Person Jr., who was injured in the first game of the season, returned and rushed for 108 yards on 14 carries. Boston College rebounded after its first loss by defeating Temple 45-35, improving to 4-1 on the season. Running back AJ Dillon has 652 rushing yards this season, good for No. 3 in the country. Dillon left the game against Temple with an ankle injury and his status for Saturday’s game is still unknown.

No. 6 Notre Dame at No. 24 Virginia Tech
After being upset two weeks ago by Old Dominion, Virginia Tech responded, defeating then No. 22 Duke 31-14 on the road. The Hokies defense, which allowed 632 yards to Old Dominion, allowed just 327 total yards to Duke. Quarterback Ryan Willis, replacing injured Josh Jackson, threw for 332 yards and three touchdowns in his first start for the Hokies. Notre Dame remained unbeaten with a 38-17 victory over No. 14 Stanford. The Fighting Irish put up 550 total yards of offense against the Cardinal while allowing just 229 yards defensively. Defensive lineman Jerry Tillery tallied four sacks against the Cardinal, bringing his sack total to seven on the season, tied for the best in the nation.

Other ACC Games:
Saturday
Florida State (3-2, 1-2 ACC) @ No. 17 Miami (4-1, 1-0 ACC)
No. 4 Clemson (5-0, 2-0 ACC) @ Wake Forest (3-2, 0-1 ACC)

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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WINNER CHOSEN FOR THE FIRSTLIGHT FEDERAL CREDIT UNION SUN BOWL PARADE POSTER CONTEST October 1, 2018

WINNER CHOSEN FOR THE FIRSTLIGHT FEDERAL CREDIT UNION SUN BOWL PARADE POSTER CONTEST

EL PASO, Texas – The Sun Bowl Association and FirstLight Federal Credit Union announced the winner of the 82nd Annual Sun Bowl Parade poster contest on Monday, Oct. 1. Mr. Julian Vidales, of El Paso, Texas submitted the winning poster design.

Artists from all across the El Paso region were given a unique opportunity to make a name for themselves while being given a chance to win some nice prizes. The “FirstLight Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Parade Poster Contest” ended last week. The judging was done by various employees and board members from the Sun Bowl Association and FirstLight Federal Credit Union and was based on creativity, clarity and relativity to the parade theme, which is “Amazing Feats.”

“When looking through the entries, we determined that Mr. Vidales’ design had everything we were looking for in a FirstLight Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Parade poster,” said Sun Bowl Association Executive Director Bernie Olivas. “We want to thank and congratulate Mr. Julian Vidales for his great work.”

WINNING DESIGN

WINNING DESIGN

As the winning entry, Mr. Vidales’ poster design is the official 2018 FirstLight Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Parade poster and is now in the process of being printed for distribution. Mr. Vidales also receives four tickets to the FirstLight Sun Bowl Parade Breakfast, which is held before the parade on Thanksgiving Day, as well as a pair of tickets to the Hyundai Sun Bowl football game, which will be held on Dec. 31, 2018.

“We invite everyone to pick up a copy of the poster at any FirstLight Federal Credit Union branch or at the Sun Bowl Association office,” Olivas said. “They should be ready for distribution by Monday, Oct. 8.”

ABOUT THE PARADE
The 82nd Annual FirstLight Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Parade is scheduled for Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018 with a start-time of 10 a.m. (MT). The parade runs down Montana Ave from Ochoa Street and ends at Copia Street.

The El Paso Downtown Lions Club organized the Parade in 1935. The parade was held on New Year’s Day from 1936 until 1978, when the event was rescheduled for Thanksgiving Day. The holiday pageant is planned, coordinated and produced by volunteer efforts and draws an annual crowd of over 250,000 spectators. The Sun Bowl Parade is the largest attended community event in the west Texas, New Mexico and Mexico area, it brings together service clubs and civic organizations as well as all sectors of business and industries within the community.

For more information on the parade go to the Sun Bowl Association website at www.sunbowl.org/parade.

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FirstLight Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Parade Volunteer Float Builders Talk About the Joys of Helping September 27, 2018

FirstLight Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Parade Volunteer Float Builders Talk About the Joys of Helping

EL PASO, Texas – The 82nd Annual FirstLight Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Parade is scheduled for Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018 with a start-time of 10 a.m. (MT). The parade runs down Montana Ave from Ochoa Street and ends at Copia Street.

In a video produced by the Sun Bowl Association, volunteers talk about why they continue to dedicate their free time to build floats.

Link to video: https://youtu.be/Et4ksu1X_yQ

ABOUT THE PARADE
The El Paso Downtown Lions Club organized the Parade in 1935. The parade was held on New Year’s Day from 1936 until 1978, when the event was rescheduled for Thanksgiving Day. The holiday pageant is planned, coordinated and produced by volunteer efforts and draws an annual crowd of over 250,000 spectators. The Sun Bowl Parade is the largest community event in the west Texas, New Mexico and Mexico area, it brings together service clubs and civic organizations as well as all sectors of business and industries within the community.

For more information on the parade go to the Sun Bowl Association website at www.sunbowl.org/parade.

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This Week in the ACC and Pac-12 (WEEK FIVE) September 26, 2018

This Week in the ACC and Pac-12 (WEEK FIVE)

EL PASO, Texas – Four weeks into the 2018 college football season has already passed by and college football fans have been treated to many exciting games. Last week brought plenty of excitement and surprises throughout college football and this week should not be any different, especially for Pac-12 and ACC teams. Not to be left out, Notre Dame has the small task of hosting Stanford this week, a team that went to overtime against Oregon before winning 38-31.

Pac-12
Pac-12 opponents Oregon and Stanford lived up to the hype as the Cardinal needed overtime to seal a 38-31 victory over the Ducks. USC showed that it wasn’t done in 2018, picking up a 39-36 victory over Washington State and Washington avoided an upset against Arizona State picking up the 27-20 victory.

Here’s what we can look forward to in week five.

No. 7 Stanford at No. 8 Notre Dame
This game has huge implications as the winner will take a big step toward a spot in the College Football Playoff, while the loser will most likely be eliminated from the CFP conversation. Currently, Notre Dame (4-0) holds the advantage with an 18-13 series record. However, Stanford has won the last 3 straight games including a 17-10 win in Notre Dame on October 15, 2016.

Stanford (4-0) was tested last weekend at Oregon. The Cardinal football team struggled for the first half of the game but, in the second half, the defense came alive and the Stanford offense started moving the ball. In the end, Stanford got a hard-fought overtime win that should have them ready well for this weekend’s matchup against the Fighting Irish.

UCLA at Colorado
Both teams open conference play on Friday and are coming off bye weeks. Colorado stands at 3-0 and is averaging 41 points per game and allowing just 18.3. UCLA (0-3) has struggled out of the gate, playing Cincinnati, at Oklahoma, and Fresno St. The Bruins will look to turn things around in conference play.

Utah at Washington State
Both teams enter this contest coming off their first loss of the season. Utah (2-1) dropped its first game in a contest with No. 11 Washington, 21-7. Despite the loss, Utah still boasts the nation’s top defensive unit, allowing just 614 yards through three games. Washington State (3-1) lost its first game of 2018 to USC, 39-36. The Cougars average 401.8 passing yards per game and will test the Utes defensive backs.

No. 19 Oregon at No. 24 California
Oregon (3-1) lost its first game of the season in an overtime struggle with No. 7 Stanford, 38-31. Now the Ducks travel to face a California defense that’s allowed 907 yards through three games, good for sixth in the nation. The Bears (3-0) open conference play against the Ducks and come into the game off a bye week. They move into the Associated Press (AP) Top 25 for the first time since 2015.

USC at Arizona
Both teams enter this contest at 2-2. USC looked like it was about to lose a hold of its season with two straight losses before picking up an impressive 39-36 victory over Washington State. After being held to negative-5-yards rushing against Texas, the Trojans ran for 113 yards against the Cougars. Arizona lost its first two games of 2018 before winning back-to-back games over Southern Utah and Oregon State. The Wildcats rushed for 442 yards against the Beavers.

Other Pac-12 Games:
Saturday
No. 20 BYU (3-1) @ No. 11 Washington (3-1)
Oregon St. (1-3, 0-1 Pac-12) @ Arizona State (2-2, 0-1)

ACC
The ACC had a little bit of everything in week four. Clemson began conference play with a 49-21 win over Georgia Tech, and found its full-time starter in freshman Trevor Lawrence. Boston College and Virginia Tech suffered upset losses and will look to rebound this week. Syracuse stayed undefeated with a 51-21 victory over Connecticut, setting up an undefeated matchup with Clemson.

Here’s some of the games to keep an eye on this week in the ACC.

Virginia at NC State
NC State (3-0) opens conference play when it welcomes Virginia to Raleigh on Saturday. Quarterback Ryan Finley has found success through the air this season and is averaging 352 passing yards per game. Virginia (3-1, 1-0 ACC) comes off an impressive victory over conference opponent Louisville, 27-3. Quarterback Bryce Perkins threw for 197 yards and rushed for another 78 in the convincing win.

Florida State at Louisville
Both teams enter the contest at 2-2 on the season. Florida State (2-2, 0-2) may have course-corrected its season with a 37-19 victory over NIU. The Seminoles had their best offensive output against an FBS team, gaining 352 passing and 121 rushing yards on route to their highest score of the 2018 season. Louisville struggled in its conference opener at Virginia, falling 27-3, but now it turns its attention to its conference home opener. Both teams will look to get their offenses on track in this game.

Virginia Tech at No. 22 Duke
Virginia Tech (2-1, 1-0) suffered its first loss of 2018, losing 49-35 to Old Dominion. The Hokies lost quarterback Josh Jackson to a broken fibula in their game. Redshirt junior Ryan Willis replaced Jackson and threw for 131 yards and ran for 23 more. Willis will get the start against the Blue Devils. No. 22 Duke enters conference play with a 4-0 record after a 55-13 win over NC Central, and in the AP Top 25 for the first time since 2015. Duke has its share of quarterback issues as starter Quentin Harris threw for 202 yards and three touchdowns before leaving with an injury. Harris was starting in place of original starter Daniel Jones. Harris is expected to start against the Hokies.

Other ACC Games:
Thursday
North Carolina (1-2, 1-0) @ No. 16 Miami (3-1)

Saturday
Syracuse (4-0, 1-0) @ No. 3 Clemson (4-0, 1-0)
Temple (2-2) @ Boston College (3-1)
Bowling Green (1-3) @ Georgia Tech (1-3)
Pittsburgh (2-2) @ No. 13 UCF (3-0)
Rice (1-3) @ Wake Forest (2-2)

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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WWE Superstar Sin Cara Announced as Grand Marshal for the 82nd Annual FirstLight Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Parade September 24, 2018

WWE Superstar Sin Cara Announced as Grand Marshal for the 82nd Annual FirstLight Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Parade

EL PASO, Texas – The Sun Bowl Association and FirstLight Federal Credit Union announced on Tuesday, Sept. 25 that WWE Superstar Sin Cara will be the Grand Marshal for the 82nd Annual FirstLight Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Parade.

Sin Cara was born on Sept. 5, 1977 in El Paso, Texas. Growing up in El Segundo Barrio, he began wrestling at Burges High School where he was an accomplished state champion multiple times. He went undefeated during his senior year and was nominated to be “Athlete of the Year” in El Paso.

“With the theme of our parade being ‘Amazing Feats’ we figured we needed to choose someone who has accomplished something big and amazing,” said Bernie Olivas, Executive Director of the Sun Bowl Association. “How much more amazing does it get than making it to one of the biggest stages in the world, the WWE? To have someone from El Paso who is so successful and inspirational as our Grand Marshal is amazing in itself.”

Sin Cara has forged a strong international following and has become very popular for his masks as well as for his high-flying wrestling style. He made his WWE debut on Aug. 12, 2011.

“When I finally made it to the WWE, I knew I accomplished something amazing and all the hard work paid off,” Sin Cara said.

Growing up in a tough neighborhood, Sin Cara knew he needed to do everything he could to reach his dream. While working towards his goal of becoming a professional wrestler in the early 2000s, under the ring name “Mistico”, Sin Cara worked in his grandfather’s funeral home in Juarez, Mexico and gained a degree in embalming and funeral director services in Mexico.

Watching Luchadores as a child, Sin Cara knew exactly which direction he wanted to go.

Luchadores are traditionally more agile and perform more aerial maneuvers than professional wrestlers in the United States, who more often rely on power and hard strikes to subdue their opponents. The difference in styles is due to the independent evolution of the sport in Mexico beginning in the 1930s and the fact that Luchadores in the cruiserweight division (peso semicompleto) are often the most popular wrestlers in Mexican lucha libre. Luchadores execute characteristic high-flying attacks by using the wrestling ring’s ropes to catapult themselves towards their opponents, using intricate combinations in rapid-fire succession, and applying complex submission holds. Aerial maneuvers are almost always performed to opponents outside the ring, allowing the luchador to break his fall with an acrobatic tumble.

In WWE, the soaring Superstar birthed a new legacy, wowing viewers around the world with spectacular displays of agility and airborne attacks as well as joining forces with Kalisto to form the championship-winning tandem of The Lucha Dragons.

Watching Sin Cara take to the air to send Superstars spinning, whirling and scrambling for recovery is more than just observing a world-traveled competitor in his natural element; it’s to witness the impossible.

WWE Superstar Sin Cara Announced as Grand Marshal for the 82nd Annual FirstLight Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Parade

ABOUT THE PARADE
The 82nd Annual FirstLight Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Parade is scheduled for Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018 with a start-time of 10 a.m. (MT). The parade runs down Montana Ave from Ochoa Street and ends at Copia Street.

The El Paso Downtown Lions Club organized the Parade in 1935. The parade was held on New Year’s Day from 1936 until 1978, when the event was rescheduled for Thanksgiving Day. The holiday pageant is planned, coordinated and produced by volunteer efforts and draws an annual crowd of over 250,000 spectators. The Sun Bowl Parade is the largest community event in the west Texas, New Mexico and Mexico area, it brings together service clubs and civic organizations as well as all sectors of business and industries within the community.

For more information on the parade go to the Sun Bowl Association website at www.sunbowl.org/parade.

WWE Superstar Sin Cara Announced as Grand Marshal for the 82nd Annual FirstLight Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Parade

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