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Posted Dec 27, 2008


Player profiles, team history, the breakout players, the Sun Bowl.

Sun Bowl History
2007 Oregon 56, South Florida 21
2006 Oregon State 39, Missouri 38
2005 UCLA 50, Northwestern 38
2004 Arizona State 27, Purdue 23
2003 Minnesota 31, Oregon 30
2002 Purdue 34, Washington 24
2001 Washington St 33, Purdue 27
2000 Wisconsin 21, UCLA 20
1999 Oregon 24, Minnesota 20
1998 TCU 28, USC 19
1997 Arizona State 17, Iowa 7
1996 Stanford 38, Michigan St 0
1995 Iowa 38, Washington 18
1994 Texas 35, North Carolina 31
1993 Oklahoma 41, Texas Tech 10
1992 Baylor 20, Arizona 15
1991 UCLA 6, Illinois 3
1990 Michigan State 17, USC 16
1989 Pitt 31 Texas A&M 28
1988 Alabama 29, Army 28
1987 Oklahoma State 35, West Virginia 33
1986 Alabama 28, Washington 6
1985 Arizona 13, Georgia 13
1984 Maryland 28, Tennessee 27
1983 Alabama 28, SMU 7
1982 North Carolina 26, Texas 10
1981 Oklahoma 40, Houston 14
1980 Nebraska 31, Mississippi State 17
1979 Washington 14, Texas 7
1978 Texas 42, Maryland 0
1977 (Dec.) Stanford 24, LSU 14
1977 (Jan.) Texas A&M 37, Florida 14
1975 Pitt 33, Kansas 19
1974 Mississippi State 26, North Carolina 24
1973 Missouri 34, Auburn 17
1972 North Carolina 32, Texas Tech 28
1971 LSU 33, Iowa State 15
1970 Georgia Tech 17, Texas Tech 9
1969 Nebraska 45, Georgia 6
1968 Auburn 34, Arizona 10
1967 UTEP 14, Mississippi 7
1966 Wyoming 28, Florida State 20
1965 UTEP 13, TCU 12
1964 Georgia 7, Texas Tech 0
1963 Oregon 21, SMU 14
1962 West Texas A&M 15, Ohio 14
1961 Villanova 17, Wichita State 9
1960 New Mexico State 20, Utah State 13
1959 New Mexico State 28, North Texas 8
1958 (Dec.) Wyoming 14, Hardin-Simmons 6
1958 (Jan.) Louisville 34, Drake 20
1957 George Wash 13, UTEP 0
1956 Wyoming 21, Texas Tech 14
1955 UTEP 47, Florida State 20
1954 UTEP 37, Southern Miss 14
1953 Pacific 26, Southern Miss 7
1952 Texas Tech 25, Pacific 14
1951 West Texas A&M 14, Cincinnati 13
1950 UTEP 33, Georgetown 20
1949 West Virginia 21, UTEP 12
1948 Miami-Ohio 13, Texas Tech 12
1947 Cincinnati 18, Virginia Tech 16
1946 New Mexico 34, Denver 24
1945 Southwestern (TX) 35, New Mexico 0
1944 Southwestern (TX) 7, New Mexico 0
1943 Second Air Force 13, Hardin-Simmons 7
1942 Tulsa 6, Texas Tech 0
1941 Case Reserve 26, Arizona St 13
1940 Arizona State 0, Catholic 0
1939 Utah 26, New Mexico 0
1938 West Virginia 7, Texas Tech 6
1937 Hardin-Simmons 34, UTEP 6
1936 Hardin-Simmons 14, New Mexico State 14

Oregon State (8-4) vs. Pitt (9-3)

Dec. 31, 5:300 p.m. ET, CBS

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- 2008 CFN Brut Sun Bowl Preview

By Richard Cirminiello

Scroll Down For Each Team's Bowl History

Best Panther Bowl Moment: Ranked No. 9 before the 1976 season began, Pittsburgh wrapped up the national championship with a dominant 27-3 win over Georgia in the Sugar Bowl. Heisman winner Tony Dorsett rushed for a Sugar Bowl-record 202 yards, and the Panther defense one-upped the vaunted Junkyard Dawgs, keeping the Bulldogs out of the end zone for the first time all season.  
 
Best Beaver Bowl Moment
: Oregon State has been to three Rose Bowls over the last 60 years, but even those trips to Pasadena paled in comparison to the 2001 Fiesta Bowl. Pac-10 laughingstocks no more, the Beavers rode a 29-point third quarter outburst to embarrass No. 10 Notre Dame, 41-9.  Few victories in school history carried more clout for the OSU football program.

The Last Time You'll See ...

Pittsburgh:
LB Scott McKillop. When H.B. Blades graduated following the 2006 season, he left a gaping void at middle linebacker. McKillop has filled it brilliantly, racking up more than 100 tackles in back-to-back All-Big East first team seasons. While not the most fluid athlete on the field, he’s got the instincts, tackling skills, and drive to always be near the action.
 
Oregon State: WR Sammie Stroughter. A picture of class and resiliency, Stroughter will leave Corvallis as one of the most popular Beavers in recent years. A perennial playmaker on offense and special teams, he pulled off the rare feat of being named All-Pac-10 as both a wide receiver and a punt returner. He enters the Sun Bowl with 158 career receptions and 17 touchdowns, three coming on special teams.
 
Breakout Player ...

Pittsburgh
: WR Jonathan Baldwin. It’s only a matter of time before Baldwin develops into a bona fide star. At 6-5 and 220 pounds, he possesses an almost freakish combination of size, speed, and physicality. Now, all he needs is more reps and more looks from QB Bill Stull. Baldwin has 18 catches for 404 yards and three touchdowns, largely being underutilized in his first year out of high school.

Oregon State
: DT Stephen Paea. Paea has come a long way in a short period in his athletic career. A rugby player growing up in his native Tonga, he’d only played two seasons of football before arriving at Oregon State via Snow College. You couldn’t tell by watching him play this season. In the first significant action of his career, the disruptive Paea parlayed 37 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, and five sacks into honorable mention on the All-Pac-10 squad.
 

Best Non-Game Event
The Sun Bowl has a new event this year, a Day with the Troops. It is an opportunity for players to get an up-close look at what the U.S. Army does. They will have the chance to get a rare look at many pieces of military equipment, such as tanks, missile launchers, and helicopters, while being able to repel in a safe environment. They will also have the opportunity to use U.S. Army training simulators.

Player Gift Package
Players from both schools will receive a Sony DVD Handycam, a Timely Watch Co. Silvertone watch, an Armor Gear Dolly Llama Travel Bag, a Majestic Therma Fleece Pullover, a Brut hair dryer, a VP Sports Stone cap, and an official Brut Sun Bowl souvenir coin.

Charitable Component
Teams donate game tickets to members of the U.S. military, who are training at Fort Bliss, some of whom are set for deployment in Iraq and Afghanistan. Teams also visit the two children’s hospitals in town.

How Success is Measured
Success is a three-fold premise: 1. Was it a good matchup and competitive game? 2. How were the TV Ratings? 3. Did the teams travel well and enjoy their stay in El Paso? Unlike a lot of bowl games, the Brut Sun Bowl is an opportunity to showcase the local community with the traveling schools and on national television. We often choose teams that would supply the best matchup rather than the schools that travels best. If you are able to have a good matchup, then most likely, the television audience will stay tuned, so No. 1 and No. 2 go hand-in-hand, while No. 3 is a bonus. In the end, the goal is to promote a city that El Pasoans cherish.

MVP of the Bowl
For the Brut Sun Bowl, it is two men who have devoted themselves to the Sun Bowl Association for decades, Jimmy Rogers, Jr. and John Folmer. Rogers joined the board of directors of the association in the late 1950s and has been instrumental in the development and progression of the game ever since. He helped secure the TV contract with CBS in 1968 and has nurtured that relationship for the last 41 years, giving the game the longest single relationship between a bowl and a television network.

Folmer joined the Sun Bowl Association in 1971 and has served as the game’s football chairman since 1981. Both men have been invaluable to the success of the Brut Sun Bowl, from their ties to conferences and media partners to their ability to help secure sponsorships both locally and nationally. Because of their service to the Sun Bowl Association, each has had a game trophy named after them. Rogers is the namesake of the Most Valuable Lineman Trophy, while Folmer is the namesake of the Most Valuable Special Teams Player Trophy. Each presents their respective trophy at the conclusion of every Brut Sun Bowl.

Impact to the Community
This game provides the largest economic impact of a single event in the greater El Paso area. It is estimated that between $12-$15 million dollars is generated in direct economic impact and $30-$35 million in indirect impact.

Role of Volunteers
The game is highly dependent on local volunteers to make this operation work. The Sun Bowl has over 600 volunteers that help put on over 20 Sun Bowl Association events throughout the year. With only six full-time employees, there would be no Brut Sun Bowl without the help of the community. As the nation’s second oldest bowl game, it has some volunteers that have worked with the association for decades. The game is often referred to as the “Hospitality Bowl” because it goes the extra mile to make every out-of-town visitor feel special. The fans even invite visitors to taste El Paso at their tailgates; instead of brisket and brats, it is fajitas and tamales.

- 2008 CFN Brut Sun Bowl Preview
 

Pittsburgh Bowl History (10-14)
2005 Fiesta Utah 35, Pitt 7
2003 Continental Tire Virginia 23, Pittsburgh 16
2002 Insight Pittsburgh 38, Oregon State 13
2001 Tangerine Pittsburgh 34, NC State 19
2000 Insight.com Iowa State 37, Pittsburgh 29
1997 Liberty Southern Miss 41, Pittsburgh 7
1989 John Hancock Pittsburgh 31, Texas A&M 28
1987 Bluebonnet Texas 32, Pittsburgh 27
1983 Fiesta Ohio State 28, Pittsburgh 23
1982 Cotton SMU 7, Pittsburgh 3
1981 Sugar Pittsburgh 24, Georgia 20
1980 Gator Pittsburgh 37, South Carolina 9
1979 Fiesta Pittsburgh 16, Arizona 10
1978 Tangerine North Carolina St. 30, Pittsburgh 17
1977 Gator Pittsburgh 34, Clemson 3
1976 Sugar Pittsburgh 27, Georgia 3
1975 Sun Pittsburgh 33, Kansas 19
1973 Fiesta Arizona State 28, Pittsburgh 7
1956 Gator Georgia Tech 21, Pittsburgh 14
1955 Sugar Georgia Tech 7, Pittsburgh 0
1936 Rose Pittsburgh 21, Washington 0
1932 Rose USC 35, Pittsburgh 0
1929 Rose USC 47, Pittsburgh 14
1927 Rose Stanford 7, Pittsburgh 6
Oregon State Bowl History (7-4)
2007 Emerald Oregon St 21, Maryland 14
2006 Sun Oregon St 39, Missouri 38
2004 Insight Oregon St 38, Notre Dame 21
2003 Las Vegas Oregon State 55, New Mexico 14
2002 Insight Pittsburgh 38, Oregon State 13
2000 Fiesta Oregon State 41, Notre Dame 9
1999 Oahu Hawaii 23, Oregon State 17
1965 Rose Michigan 34, Oregon State 7
1962 Liberty Oregon State 6, Villanova 0
1956 Rose Iowa 35, Oregon State 19
1941 Rose Oregon State 20, Duke 16