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SELECTION SUNDAY FOR BOWL GAMES SET FOR DECEMBER 2 November 26, 2018

SELECTION SUNDAY FOR BOWL GAMES SET FOR DECEMBER 2

EL PASO, Texas – The NCAA, the Football Bowl Association and the Division I football conferences are scheduled to announce all placements for post-season play Sunday, Dec. 2 at approximately 2 p.m. (MT).

A Selection Sunday Party will be hosted by The Sun Bowl Association and Hyundai from 12:30-3:00 p.m. (MT) at Sunland Park Racetrack located at 1200 Futurity Dr., Sunland Park, N.M. Fans can join the excitement of finding out who will play for the 2018 Hyundai Sun Bowl Championship Trophy and have many chances to win great prizes.

“This has been one of the most interesting college football seasons we’ve seen in a while,” said Executive Director of the Hyundai Sun Bowl Bernie Olivas. “Other than Clemson out of the ACC, both conferences were evenly matched.”

The 2018 Hyundai Sun Bowl game will take place on Monday, Dec. 31 at noon MT (2 p.m. ET) at Sun Bowl Stadium.

The 2018 game will mark the 85th anniversary of the Sun Bowl game and the 51st consecutive broadcast on CBS. The game will feature selections from the ACC and Pac-12 conferences.

NC State defeated Arizona State, 52-31 in the 2017 Hyundai Sun Bowl.

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THE 82ND ANNUAL FIRSTLIGHT FEDERAL CREDIT UNION SUN BOWL PARADE DRAWS AN ESTIMATED CROWD OF 240,000 November 23, 2018

THE 82ND ANNUAL FIRSTLIGHT FEDERAL CREDIT UNION SUN BOWL PARADE DRAWS AN ESTIMATED CROWD OF 240,000

EL PASO, Texas – An estimated crowd of 240,000 people from around the borderland gathered along Montana Ave. on Thanksgiving Day to enjoy an 82-year El Paso tradition.

Families and friends from El Paso and the surrounding area lined Montana Ave. in central El Paso before the sunrise to set up their chairs and get the best view of the parade. There were approximately 85 units in the parade including floats, marching bands, fire trucks, and monster trucks.

The highlight of the parade was the Grand Marshal, WWE Superstar Sin Cara who was born and raised in El Paso’s Segundo Barrio. Fans cheered as he rode through the parade route, while others ran up to the vehicle he was riding in to get pictures and autographs.

“We cannot thank KTSM enough for another successful broadcast of the parade. It’s the best one we’ve seen in over 16 years,” said Executive Director of the Sun Bowl Association, Bernie Olivas. “The weather was absolutely perfect this year and the crowd was great as always. The community is the reason we do this, and they continue to help keep this tradition alive.”

Highlights of the parade including photos and videos can be found on all the Hyundai Sun Bowl social media channels.

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THIS WEEK IN THE ACC AND PAC-12 (WEEK 13) November 21, 2018

THIS WEEK IN THE ACC AND PAC-12 (WEEK 13)

EL PASO, Texas – We’ve made it to the final week of the 2018 college football regular season. While many teams know they don’t have a bowl game in their future, many others are still battling for a postseason spot. There’s still plenty of football between this week and championship week to get a clear picture of who will be playing where, but here’s some games that may have an impact on who’s playing at the Hyundai Sun Bowl this December.

Pac-12
No. 7 Washington State put the pressure on early on its way to a 69-28 win over Arizona. No. 16 Washington also used early scoring success to coast to a 42-23 victory against Oregon State. No. 18 Utah allowed just one first-quarter score before shutting the door on a 30-7 win over Colorado. UCLA showed it still has plenty to play for, defeating rival USC 34-27. Oregon outlasted Arizona State 31-29.

The Pac-12 North will be decided this week between Washington and Washington State, and Utah awaits the winner in the Pac-12 Championship Game. Here’s some of the other exciting games that will be going on this weekend.

No. 16 Washington at No. 7 Washington State (Friday)
No. 16 Washington (8-3, 6-2 Pac-12) travels to Pullman, Washington this Friday to take on No. 7 Washington State (10-1, 7-1) in the Apple Cup game to determine the winner of the Pac-12 North. The Huskies are coming off a 42-23 victory against Oregon State. The Huskies jumped out to 28-3 first-quarter lead and never looked back on their way to gaining 503 yards of offense. For Washington State, it enters rivalry week coming off a decisive 69-28 victory over Arizona. Quarterback Gardner Minshew passed for a season-high 473 yards and set the single-game school record with seven touchdown passes thrown.

Stanford at UCLA
Stanford (6-4, 4-3) enters this game coming off an impromptu bye week. The Big Game between the Cardinal and California was postponed due to poor air quality from the devastating wildfires in the area. The game was postponed to Dec. 1. The Cardinal are 2-2 in their previous four games and are averaging 32 points and 455 yards offensively in that stretch. UCLA (3-8, 3-5) is coming off a 34-27 victory over rival USC, its first win in the rivalry game since 2014. Running back Joshua Kelley rushed for 289 yards on the day, the most by a Bruins running back against the Trojans. As a team the Bruins posted 314 rushing yards, which is the most since 2014.

Arizona State at Arizona
Arizona State (6-5, 4-4) suffered a hard-fought loss to Oregon, 31-29 last week. The Sun Devils trailed 28-13 at halftime and were unable to complete the comeback, though they outscored the Ducks 16-3 in the second half. Running back Eno Benjamin rushed for 149 yards and is just 121 yards away from setting the school record for rushing yards in a season. Arizona (5-6, 4-4) enters this rivalry week coming off a 69-28 defeat to Washington State. The Wildcats managed to gain 431 yards of offense, but were plagued by four turnovers, and were unable to keep pace with the Cougars, trailing 55-14 by halftime.

Other Pac-12 Games
Friday
Oregon (7-4, 4-4) @ Oregon State (2-9, 1-7)
Saturday
Colorado (5-6, 2-6) @ California (6-4, 3-4)
No. 3 Notre Dame (11-0) @ USC (5-6, 4-5)
BYU (6-5) @ No. 18 Utah (8-3, 6-3)

ACC
Miami found success offensively, defeating Virginia Tech 38-14 and snapping their four-game losing streak. No. 2 Clemson finished the regular season undefeated in conference play, defeating Duke 35-6. No. 19 Syracuse was no match for No. 3 Notre Dame, losing 36-3. Florida State kept its hopes for a bowl game alive after a 22-21 victory over Boston College. Pittsburgh clinched the Coastal Division with a 34-13 win over Wake Forest. Louisville’s woes continued, losing 52-10 to NC State. North Carolina defeated Western Carolina 49-26. It took extra time, but Georgia Tech defeated Virginia 30-27 in overtime.

The ACC Championship game is already set between Clemson and Pittsburgh, but there are still plenty of teams playing for bowl game hopes, or just trying to finish the season off strong. Here’s several games that could provide plenty of excitement this week.

Virginia at Virginia Tech (Friday)
Virginia (7-4, 4-3 ACC) comes into this week having lost to Georgia Tech 30-27 in overtime. Despite the loss, the Cavaliers held the Yellow Jackets to 268 rushing yards, only the fourth time Georgia Tech has been held under 300 yards rushing this season. Virginia’s defense also allowed just one offensive touchdown. Virginia Tech (4-6, 3-4) is coming off a 38-14 loss to Miami, marking its fourth consecutive loss. While they were only outgained by four yards offensively, they turned the ball over three times and were held scoreless in the second half. Virginia Tech has won 14 consecutive games against Virginia and will be looking to bounce back this Friday.

No. 24 Pittsburgh at Miami
No. 24 Pittsburgh (7-4, 6-1) defeated Wake Forest 34-13 last week, winning the Coastal Division and earning its first berth in the ACC Championship game. While the Panthers were held to 154 rushing yards, they average 248 yards on the ground a game, second just to Georgia Tech in the ACC. Defensively, the Panthers held the Demon Deacons to 285 yards of offense and allowed just three second-half points. Miami (6-5, 3-4) snapped its four-game losing streak, defeating Virginia Tech 38-14. The Hurricanes’ offense found a rhythm and posted their highest point total since putting up 47 against North Carolina in September. The Hurricanes still own the third-ranked defense, allowing just 275 yards a game and are only surrendering 133 rushing yards a game.

No. 19 Syracuse at Boston College
No. 12 Syracuse (8-3, 5-2) enters this week coming off a 36-3 loss to No. 3 Notre Dame. The loss snapped a four-game winning streak for the Orange. Quarterback Eric Dungey left in the first quarter with an upper-body injury and didn’t return. His status is still unknown for Saturday’s game. Syracuse struggled offensively, gaining just 234 yards on the day, down from its average of 460 yards a game. Boston College (7-4, 4-3) lost its second straight game, 22-21 to Florida State, surrendering the game-winning touchdown with just 1:49 left to play. Sophomore running back A.J. Dillon rushed for 116 yards and a touchdown, putting his season total at 1,052 rushing yards. He is the first Boston College rusher to begin his career with back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons in school history.

Other ACC Games
Saturday
Georgia Tech (7-4, 5-3) @ No. 5 Georgia (10-1)
No. 13 Florida (8-3) @ Florida State (5-6, 3-5)
NC State (7-3, 4-3) @ North Carolina (2-8, 1-6)
Wake Forest (5-6, 2-5) @ Duke (7-4, 3-4)
South Carolina (6-4) @ No. 2 Clemson (11-0, 8-0)
No. 17 Kentucky (8-3) @ Louisville (2-9, 0-8)

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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QUADE CUMMINS FIGHTS BACK AND CAPTURES THE 2018 SUN BOWL ALL-AMERICA GOLF CLASSIC TITLE November 20, 2018

QUADE CUMMINS FIGHTS BACK AND CAPTURES THE 2018 SUN BOWL ALL-AMERICA GOLF CLASSIC TITLE

EL PASO, Texas – Quade Cummins finished 54 holes in a tie for first with Spencer Ralston and used a playoff hole to take home the Lee Trevino Trophy on Tuesday, Nov. 20. The Weatherford, Okla. native finished with a 13-under-par 200 131 on the par 71, 6,889 yard El Paso Country Club course.

Cummins was in a tie for ninth entering the final round of play and shot a bogey free final round 62 to get into the playoff and then capped it off with a birdie on the first playoff hole to win. Ralston, who is from Gainesville, Ga., started the day in third place and finished in second after the playoff. Ralston played well consistently throughout the tournament carding rounds of 68-64-68.

This marks the first time since 2011 that there has been a playoff in the All-America Golf Classic, while it also marks the 14th tournament that the winner has been crowned after a playoff.

“I got it going on the back nine and saw the scoreboard around hole No. 14, and that is when I knew I had a chance if I could keep it going,” Cummins said. “I had two par saves on 13 and 14. I hit it in some really bad spots and got them up-and-down to keep my round going and it added up to a 62.”

Cummins shot 17 birdies and an eagle over three rounds of play. He tied the record for the best individual round with his final round of 62. Cummins tied with Luke List (2006), Billy Horschel (2006), Webb Simpson (2007) and Gavin Green (2014). He broke the record for best final round, which was previously held by Jeremy Anderson (1998) and Sebastian Cappelen (2012).

Ralston’s 13-under tournament total eclipsed his previous best of 12-under set at the 2018 Linger Longer Invitational. He made a tournament-high 19 birdies during the tournament, including nine during his 7-under, which matched his personal best from two previous events.

Bryson Nimmer, of Bluffton, S.C., entered the final round in first but could not keep pace with Cummins, who marked a 10-under-par in on Tuesday. Nimmer shot a 1-under-par 70 in the final round of play.

Final Results
1. Quade Cummins: 72-66-62—200 (-13)
2. Spencer Ralston: 68-64-68—200 (-13)
3. Bryson Nimmer: 63-68-70—201 (-12)
4. Brandon Smith: 71-67-64—202 (-11)
5. Matthias Schmid: 64-67-73—204 (-9)
T6. Stephen Franken: 71-65-69—205 (-8)
T6. Will Gordon: 71-64-70—205 (-8)
8. Austin Eckroat: 72-68-66—206 (-7)
T9. Walker Lee: 68-66-73—207 (-6)
T9. Chun An Yu: 68-68-71—207 (-6)
T9. Harry Hall: 68-68-71—207 (-6)
T12. Blaine Hale: 68-70-70—208 (-5)
T12. Garrett May: 69-69-70—208 (-5)
T14. Thomas Walsh: 70-69-70—209 (-4)
T14. Josh Martin: 71-71-67—209 (-4)
T14. Patrick Martin: 72-68-69—209 (-4)
17. Mason Overstreet: 73-69-68—210 (-3)
T18. Turk Pettit: 74-68-69—211 (-2)
T18. Travis Trace: 71-70-70—211 (-2)
T18. Jackson Suber: 68-71-72—211 (-2)
21. Alex Smalley: 74-68-70—212 (-1)
22. John Augenstein: 71-69—213 (E)
T23. Chandler Eaton: 72-71-71—214 (1)
T23. Phillip Knowles: 73-70-71—214 (
1)
25. Peng Pichaikool: 71-74-70—215 (2)
26. Alex del Rey: 73-74-70—217 (
4)
27. Austin Squires: 77-71-70—218 (5)
28. Brad Dalke: 78-74-76—228 (
15)
29. Hayden Wood: 84-72-78—234 (+21)

ABOUT THE SUN BOWL ALL-AMERICA GOLF CLASSIC
The Sun Bowl Marathon All-America Golf Classic is one of the premier college 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. Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson and Rickie Fowler are just a handful of past participants who went on to have successful PGA careers. Sun Bowl All-America Golf Classic Alumni have combined to win 54 majors championships and have earned over $2.12 billion in career earnings.


TWO TIED FOR FIRST AFTER TWO ROUNDS OF THE SUN BOWL MARATHON ALL-AMERICA GOLF CLASSIC November 19, 2018

TWO TIED FOR FIRST AFTER TWO ROUNDS OF THE SUN BOWL MARATHON ALL-AMERICA GOLF CLASSIC

EL PASO, Texas – Matthias Schmid of Maxhvette, Germany and Bryson Nimmer of Bluffton, S.C. are tied for first place after two rounds at the 2018 Sun Bowl Marathon All-America Golf Classic. Both players posted an 11-under-par 131 on the par 71, 6,889 yard El Paso Country Club course.

Schmid hit five birdies in the second round to following his first round where he tallied seven birdies to pull into a tie with Nimmer. Schmid, who won the Titliest Long Drive Contest on Sunday, mentioned that he hit some great putts on a course that featured some tough pin placements.

“The first round was great, with no bogeys and seven birdies,” Schmid said. “I was in trouble a few times but played a solid second round and hung in there.”

Nimmer also tallied 12 birdies on the day with eight of those birdies coming in round one. This is Nimmer’s second consecutive year in the Sun Bowl All-America Golf Classic and finished the tournament in with a 217 in 2017.

“I got the putter going a little bit and it was nice to hit some putts,” Nimmer said. “I didn’t play very well here last year, and it was mainly putts where I had trouble, so I felt really good to make some [putts]. Today, I played very well the first 27 holes. The back nine wasn’t that great but I hung in there.”

Spencer Ralston of Gainesville, Ga. is only one stroke behind the leaders with a 10-under-par 132 after he caught fire in round two marking birdies on holes 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13. He also marked birdies on holes 15 and 17. Ralston hit a 3-under-par 68 in round one and an 7-under-par 64 in round two.

“I drove the ball on the fairway, which is pretty key out here,” Ralston said. “I got some momentum going late in round one and when I got started in the second round, that momentum carried over and hit four straight birdies.”

The final round of the Sun Bowl Marathon All-America Golf Classic is, Tuesday, Nov. 21 at 8 a.m. (MT) at the El Paso Country Club. Tee times will start at 8 a.m. with the final groups beginning at 8:40 a.m. (MT).

Day One Results
T1. Matthias Schmid: 64-67—131 (-11)
T1. Bryson Nimmer: 63-68—131 (-11)
3. Spencer Ralston: 68-64—132 (-10)
4. Walker Lee: 68-66—134 (-8)
5. Will Gordon: 71-64—135 (-7)
T6. Chun An Yu: 68-68—136 (-6)
T6. Stephen Franken: 71-65—136 (-6)
T6. Harry Hall: 68-68—136 (-6)
T9. Brandon Smith: 71-67—138 (-4)
T9. Garrett May: 69-69—138 (-4)
T9. Quade Cummins: 72-66—138 (-4)
T13. Justin Suber: 68-71—139 (-3)
T13. Thomas Walsh: 70-69—139 (-3)
T15. Austin Eckroat: 72-68—140 (-2)
T15. Patrick Martin: 72-68—140 (-2)
T15. John Augenstein: 71-69—140 (-2)
18. Travis Trace: 71-70—141 (-1)
T19. Mason Overstreet: 73-69—142 (E)
T19. Turk Pettit: 74-68—142 (E)
T19: Alex Smalley: 74-68—142 (E)
T19. Josh Martin: 71-71—142 (E)
T23. Phillip Knowles: 73-70—143 (1)
T23. Chandler Eaton: 72-71—143 (
1)
25. Peng Pichaikool: 71-74—145 (3)
26. Alex del Rey: 73-74—147 (
5)
27. Austin Squires: 77-71—148 (6)
28. Brad Dalke: 78-74—152 (
10)
29. Hayden Wood: 84-72—156 (+14)