As you know, World Financial Group is a proud sponsor of Pac-10 football. So far this Bowl Season, Pac-10 teams have gone three and zero in bowl games played in Las Vegas, San Francisco and San Diego. All three of the locations have one thing in common: they're all in the same time zone. The Rose Bowl, of course, is also in the Pacific time zone. But today's bowl game featuring a Pac-10 team will be played outside of the Pacific time zone. The Brut Sun Bowl will feature the Pittsburgh Panthers of the Big 12 against the Oregon State Beavers of the Pac-10. The game will be held in El Paso, TX at 12 MT (11 PT) on CBS.
This Sun Bowl is special for one reason. This will be the 75th anniversary of the contest held in El Paso. Of those 75 games, Pac-10 teams have appeared 21 times. In fact, all but the California Golden Bears have appeared in the Sun Bowl at least once. The first Pac-10 team to appear in the Sun Bowl were the Arizona Wildcats in 1968. But it would take nine years for another Pac-10 team (Stanford) to win in the Sun Bowl. Since 1995, the Pac-10 has played in the Sun Bowl on a consistent basis. All time, Pac-10 teams have a 12-9 record there.
For the Sun Bowl's 75th Anniversary, an All-Sun Bowl team was announced. Ten Pac-10 players are among the list. They include Drew Dunning, a place kicker from Washington State; Jonathan Stewart, a running back from Oregon; Fenuki Tupou, an offensive tackle also from Oregon and Pat Tillman, a linebacker from Arizona State. And not to be left out, Washington Huskies coach Don James was enshrined as a "Legend of the Sun Bowl" for coaching teams there in 1979 and 1986.
Oregon State was last in the Sun Bowl in 2006. Then, they defeated Missouri 39-38 (close game!). In fact, that game set a Sun Bowl record for most touchdown passes (4) and most passing first downs (24). And not to be outdone, the Beavers only received two penalties all game. Will this be topped this afternoon? I'll definitely be tuned in to find out.
One more thing: the "Helen of Troy" halftime show will feature an attempt to set a Guinness World Record of for "most people participating in the song 'YMCA'". The attempt will be led by the originators of the disco tune, the Village People! Hopefully CBS will carry that during the broadcast.