EL PASO, Texas – The Sun Bowl Association and YMCA of El Paso have announced Charles Vrahnos as the First Place winner of the 2017 YMCA Hyundai Sun Bowl Challenge. Vrahnos picked 10 games correctly and was the closest to 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 No. 24 NC State and Arizona State.”
One (1) First place prize to Charles Vrahnos:
• Two (2) Captain’s Club Tickets to the 2017 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 Ricardo Cortez:
• Two (2) Premium section tickets to the 2017 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 Alfonso Montelongo:
• Two (2) Preferred section tickets to the 2017 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 Ernesto Adame:
• Two (2) Stadium section tickets to the 2017 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 Gabriel Grijalva:
• Two (2) Sun Seats section tickets to the 2017 Hyundai Sun Bowl Game
• One (1) garage parking pass
• One (1) Adult membership to the El Paso YMCA for one (1) month
The 84th Annual Hyundai Sun Bowl game will be played Friday, Dec. 29, at 1 p.m. MT (3 p.m. ET) at Sun Bowl Stadium.
The 2017 game will mark the 50th consecutive broadcast on CBS. Tickets are available by calling the Sun Bowl Association office at 915-533-4416.
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EL PASO, Texas – The Sun Bowl Association and Hyundai of El Paso have announced that No. 24 North Carolina State University will take on Arizona State University in the 84th Annual Hyundai Sun Bowl, Friday, Dec. 29 at 1 p.m. (MT) at Sun Bowl Stadium.
NC State comes into the game 8-4 on the year finishing the regular season ranked No. 24 in the final College Football Playoff Rankings while its opponent out of the Pac-12, Arizona State, is heading to El Paso for the second time in four years after finishing with a 7-5 overall record and a 6-3 conference record.
“We feel this matchup will make for another great game here at the Hyundai Sun Bowl,” Executive Director of the Sun Bowl Association Bernie Olivas said. “We cannot wait for the teams to arrive here to the Borderland so that we can show them a great time. As we have seen in the past, teams that come to the Sun Bowl normally have future professional players on the team and we are ecstatic that they will get to perform in front of the best football fans around.”
NC State will be making its fourth consecutive bowl appearance, all under head coach Dave Doeren. In Doeren’s seven-year stint as a head coach, he has advanced to the postseason six times. The Wolfpack finished 6-2 in the ACC, tying the most conference wins in a single season all-time at NC State.
ASU will play in its 30th bowl game overall and the team’s sixth bowl appearance in the last seven seasons. It will be the Sun Devils’ sixth appearance in the Sun Bowl. This marks the third meeting between ASU and NC State, and the Sun Devils hold an 8-10 record all-time against the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Sun Devils last faced the Wolfpack in 1974, a 35-14 loss in Tempe, while defeating NC State at home in a 25-22 effort during the 1960 season.
“The buzz is there at Arizona State and at the end of the day all of this is about the kids and about football,” said ASU graduate and football selection committee chairman John Folmer said, “We want to make sure that the team, the coaches and the families all have a great time when they are in El Paso.”
Tickets for the 84th Annual Hyundai Sun Bowl are on sale through Ticketmaster and the Sun Bowl Association office. The 2017 Hyundai Sun Bowl is set for Friday, Dec. 29 in Sun Bowl Stadium with kick-off scheduled for 1 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
North Carolina State (0-0)
FIRST APPEARANCE – 2017
Arizona State (3-1-1)
Tie vs. Catholic, 0-0 (Jan. 1, 1940)
Loss vs. Western Reserve, 26-13 (Jan. 1, 1941)
Win vs. Iowa, 17-7 (Dec. 31, 1997)
Win vs. Purdue, 27-23 (Dec. 31, 2004)
Win vs. Duke, 36-31 (Dec. 27, 2014)
About the universities
North Carolina State
Location: Raleigh, N.C.
Nickname: Wolf Pack
School Colors: Red (PMS-186) and White
Stadium (capacity): Wayne Day Family Field (57,600)
Surface: Natural Grass
Conference: Atlantic Coast
Chancellor: Dr. Randy Woodson
Athletic Director: Deborah A. Yow
Previous Bowl Appearance: 2016 Independence Bowl
Location: Tempe, Ariz.
Nickname: Sun Devils
Colors: Maroon and Gold
Stadium: Sun Devil Stadium (67,704 capacity)
President: Dr. Michael Crow
Athletic Director: Ray Anderson
Previous Bowl Appearance: 2015 Cactus Bowl
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EL PASO, Texas – Elementary students all across the El Paso region had the opportunity to submit an entry into the “A’DOOR’N The Schools” Door Decorating contest for a chance to win tickets to the 84th Annual Hyundai Sun Bowl with classmates.
The entries have been submitted and now it is time for everyone to vote for the winner. The top entries have been posted on the Hyundai Sun Bowl Facebook page and will be up from Friday, Dec. 1 at 8:00 a.m. (MST) until, Friday, Dec. 8 at 5:00 p.m. (MST). The classroom entry picture with the highest number of “likes” will be notified by phone on Monday, Dec. 11.
“We are impressed with the entries we received, especially because this is the first time we’ve had the opportunity to do something like this,” said Sun Bowl Association Executive Director Bernie Olivas. “The entries we received reflect the artistic and creative minds we have in the El Paso school systems.”
A maximum of 30 students from one class in El Paso will win tickets and also be provided a hot dog and beverage during the game by following the rules, regulations and submission process of the contest.
The deadline for entries to be submitted was Nov. 17, 2017.
For more information and a complete list of Rules and Regulations of the contest, please go to www.sunbowl.org or call Sun Bowl Executive Director Bernie Olivas at 915-533-4416.
EL PASO, Texas – The Sun Bowl Association and Hyundai have announced Thursday, Nov. 30 that former Virginia Tech player and head coach Frank Beamer along with CBS Sports are the 2017 Legends of the Sun Bowl for the 84th Annual Hyundai Sun Bowl.
Frank Beamer retired from Virginia Tech in 2015 with an impressive career record of 238-121-2. Virginia Tech found plenty of success under Beamer as it made 23 consecutive bowl appearances, including an appearance in the 80th Annual Hyundai Sun Bowl in 2013.
“It was an honor for Virginia Tech, our football program and myself to participate in the Sun Bowl,” Beamer said. “I am also honored to be inducted as a Legend of the Sun Bowl.”
While at the helm for Virginia Tech, Beamer led the charge helping his team post 23 straight seasons of seven or more wins, longest streak in school history. He also guided his team to the BCS National Championship Game in 1999 against Florida State. Beamer helped the Hokies to become one of only six programs in college football history to go to a bowl in at least 20 straight years (Nebraska, Michigan, Florida State, Alabama, Virginia Tech and Florida).
Beamer also helped his team compile a school-record streak in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll at 84 consecutive weeks. His team also earned seven conference titles and eight “major” bowl bids in a 23-year span. Including his tenure at Murray State from 1981-86, he finished his illustrious career with 280 head coaching victories.
“Hosting Mr. Frank Beamer and his team in 2013 was such an honor and pleasure,” said Executive Director of the Hyundai Sun Bowl Bernie Olivas. “We are extremely excited to have Coach Beamer back in El Paso and talking with him, we know he is excited to come visit the Borderland.”
The Sun Bowl Association is also inducting CBS Sports as a Sun Bowl Legend this year in accordance with the celebration of 50 years of partnership.
“We have such a great relationship with CBS and they have treated us extremely well over the years, it’s simply the logical and right thing that we honor the company as a Sun Bowl Legend,” Olivas said. “CBS has helped put us among the best-of-the-best bowl games in the country and we cannot thank them enough.”
The Sun Bowl was first televised on CBS in 1968 when Auburn defeated Arizona 34-10 with Lindsey Nelson and Hall-of-Famer Frank Gifford announcing the game. Other notable announcers that CBS Sports has provided over the years include Verne Lundquist, Pat Summerall, Tom Brookshier, Burt Reynolds, Pat Haden, Pat O’Brien, Dan Fouts, Ara Parseghian, Michele Tafoya, Tracy Wolfson, Brent Musburger and Jim Nantz.
Jim Nantz, who called the play-by-play action for the Sun Bowl numerous times, has called the Master’s for 32 consecutive year on CBS.
“The Hyundai Sun Bowl’s history is on the field and in the booth,” Olivas said. “El Paso has been lucky to have CBS showcase the game and the City of El Paso for 50 straight years.”
Announcers Verne Lundquist, Pat Summerall and Tom Brookshier along with producer Craig Silver have all been inducted as Sun Bowl legends in the past. Summerall and Brookshier, who called the game together from 1977-80 were inducted in 1997 while Lundquist was inducted in 2005.
Producer Craig Silver was inducted in 2008 after producing the game from 1983-2005. He also produced the game in 2008 and again from 2009-16. Silver has been a part of over half of the CBS broadcasts and has won multiple sports Emmy Awards and has produced multiple Winter Olympic broadcasts on CBS. He also produced several NCAA basketball tournament broadcasts, including the 1992 NCAA East Regional final between Duke and Kentucky, when Christian Laettner hit the buzzer-beater to lift the Blue Devils over the Wildcats to advance to the Final Four.
CBS Sports will bring viewers all the color, artistry and drama inherent to the nation’s second oldest bowl game with live coverage of the Hyundai Sun Bowl on Friday, Dec. 29 (3 p.m. ET; 1 p.m. MT). The game features select teams from the ACC (Atlantic Coast Conference) and the Pac-12.
By Josele Diaz
For the Sun Bowl Association
EL PASO, Texas – It’s no secret that the city of El Paso becomes overwhelmed with excitement every December in anticipation of watching one of the nation’s longest running bowl games. The Hyundai Sun Bowl has never been a stranger to talent loaded rosters along with big name schools playing in the contest every year.
With the Hyundai Sun Bowl announcement upon us, the chance to revisit the past five years of this longstanding tradition is here and with it, we can look back at how some of the players and teams from past games have gone on to have success.
The previous five Hyundai Sun Bowls have had a good number of players drafted into the NFL. You can imagine with big name schools such as Miami and USC that the number would be around 10. Maybe even 15?
Try 44 players drafted from teams that have played in just the past five Hyundai Sun Bowls (2012-2016).
For comparison’s sake, the Fiesta Bowl, one of the major bowls for all of college football, has had 48 players drafted in Fiesta Bowls played during the same time period, with the majority of the players (32) being drafted in the last games, coming from Clemson, Ohio State, and Notre Dame.
“When you come to the Hyundai Sun Bowl, you’re going to see some great football, and this stat alone proves that,” asserted Executive Director of the Sun Bowl Association Bernie Olivas. “Whether we’re in the first tier or second tier, we have a great game here. Not only great teams, but great football players too.”
Looking back at last year’s Hyundai Sun Bowl between Stanford and North Carolina, a total of eight players were drafted to the NFL, two of them in the first round (Mitchell Trubisky and Solomon Thomas) and one player drafted in the 3rd round (Jimmy Rogers Jr. Award winner Nazair Jones).
“There are 40 bowls in all of the land, and picks No. 2 and 3 played here in the Hyundai Sun Bowl last year,” Olivas stated proudly, quick to reiterate the fact that Stanford coming to the Hyundai Sun Bowl has always produced NFL talent.
The 2013 Hyundai Sun Bowl featured many players that have made their impact in the NFL this year. UCLA linebackers Anthony Barr, Myles Jack, and Cassius Marsh are all linebackers playing at an All-Pro level while the UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley has filled in for All-Pro quarter-back Aaron Rodgers.
Olivas, a native of El Paso, was quick to point out that Brett Hundley won the C. M. Hendricks Sun Bowl MVP Award when he played here in 2013.
Going back to the 2012 Hyundai Sun Bowl, the USC Trojans who are referred to as college foot-ball royalty and are always centered on the main talk of the NCAA, had a slew of NFL talent on their roster when they made the December trip to El Paso. Coached by none other than Lane Kiffin, the 2012 squad had seven players who are all NFL starters in 2017. Their names include: Marqise Lee, Robert Woods, Cody Kessler, Matt Barkley, Nelson Agholor, Javorious Allen, and Xavier Grimble.
Not only do players who go on to play in the NFL give the Hyundai Sun Bowl a tremendous amount of credibility, but the past teams that play in the ACC-Pac 12 showdown have proven to be consistently successful teams. Teams such as Stanford, Miami, and Washington State, all teams that came to the Hyundai Sun Bowl in the past two years, were all ranked higher than 15 in 2017.
The talent that this game has seen pass through the Hyundai Sun Bowl is unmatched for a non-New Year’s Bowl. Washington State’s quarterback Luke Falk, who won the C. M. Hendricks Sun Bowl MVP Award in 2015, is a projected top draft pick in the upcoming NFL draft. Stanford’s running back Bryce Love, who racked up a total of 168 yards of offense and a touchdown last year, is legitimate contender for the coveted 2017 Heisman trophy, annually given to college football’s top performer.
Miami, who two years ago lost a snowy game against Washington State, is having their best season in recent memory as they are currently ranked No. 7 and are at the center of the discussion of which teams should play in the College Football Playoff for the chance to win the National Championship.
In reference to knowing Miami played here two years ago, Olivas is fine with being a ladder for teams to compete at the higher level. “We’re a stepping stone to future national champions and it really is cool seeing teams come to El Paso that go on to have future success,” Olivas said.
With a plethora of talent having played on the historic Sun Bowl Stadium turf in recent memory, it is encouraging to know that the skilled college football landscape will undoubtedly provide top-notch football once again.
The 84th Annual Hyundai Sun Bowl kicks off Friday, Dec. 29 on CBS at 1 p.m. (MT).