Tuesday, December 31, 2024

Legends of the Sun Bowl

Terry Donahue 2005

Terry Donahue

Sun Bowl Coach

Terry Donahue, who coached UCLA to victory in the 1991 Sun Bowl, not only joins the Legends of the Sun Bowl as a coach, but also a broadcaster. He served as lead analyst for CBS Sports for a pair of Sun Bowl games – 1995 (Iowa vs. Washington) and 1998 (TCU vs. USC). Inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2001, Donahue led UCLA to a 6-3 win over Illinois in the 1991 Sun Bowl, then known as the John Hancock Bowl. The Bruins finished the season 9-3 and No. 19 in the Associated Press top 25. It was the first-ever appearance by UCLA in the Sun Bowl. The Bruins returned to El Paso in 2000 for the 67th edition of the Sun Bowl. Donahue, who was inducted into the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame in 1997 and the UCLA Hall of Fame in 2001, also served as the lead analyst on CBS’ broadcast of the 1995 Sun Bowl and again at the 1998 Sun Bowl. During his 20-year tenure (1976-95) as the Bruins head coach, Donahue became the winningest coach in Pac-10 Conference history, as well as the winningest coach in UCLA history. Donahue was 151-74-8 (.665) at UCLA and 98-51-5 (.653) in the Pac-10. He guided the Bruins to 13 bowl games, including four Rose Bowls, and five Pac-10 championships. Donahue had an 8-4-1 record in bowl games and is one of only two coaches in NCAA history to win eight consecutive bowl appearances. UCLA produced 34 first-team All-Americans and had 14 players selected in the first round of the NFL draft during Donahue’s tenure. He closed out his career at UCLA with five straight wins over arch-rival USC and was 10-9-1 all-time against the Trojans.

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