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December 26, 1987 | From Times Wire Services
Thurman Thomas rushed for 157 yards in 33 carries and scored 4 touchdowns and Shawn Mackey stopped a two-point conversion try with 1:13 left to give No. 11 Oklahoma State a 35-33 victory over West Virginia in a snow-bound Sun Bowl Friday. Thomas set a record for rushing attempts and touchdowns, and was named the game's most valuable player. His counterpart, Anthony Brown of West Virginia, had 167 yards rushing, 107 of which came in the first quarter, in 32 carries.
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January 1, 2008 | From the Associated Press
EL PASO -- If anyone forgot how good Oregon looked earlier this season, Jonathan Stewart and Justin Roper offered a reminder. Stewart set a Sun Bowl record with a career-high 253 yards rushing, while Roper, a redshirt freshman, threw four touchdown passes in his first start to help Oregon beat South Florida, 56-21, on Monday. "I knew I was ready to play," Stewart said. "I knew I was ready to run today.
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December 24, 2000 | BILL SHAIKIN
"I don't play quarterback any more, but that's not to say I don't pass the ball. I play fullback, but that's not to say I run the ball." That explanation, or one similar to it, will be how Ed Ieremia-Stansbury tells the hometown folks how he has fit into the UCLA offense since the last game they saw him play. Ieremia-Stansbury, a standout quarterback at Irvin High in El Paso, returns home with the Bruins for Friday's Sun Bowl against Wisconsin.
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December 31, 2005 | J.A. Adande
They came back. That's how we'll define this team that won 10 games, stumbled through two humiliating defeats, had a defense that gave up ground by the acreage, not yardage, and an offense that could pull off escapes Indiana Jones would call improbable. They came back. Back from tags of underachieving. Back from fourth-quarter deficits. Back from bad losses. And, in their final time together, back from a 22-0 deficit in the Sun Bowl.
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December 31, 2005 | J.A. Adande
They came back. That's how we'll define this team that won 10 games, stumbled through two humiliating defeats, had a defense that gave up ground by the acreage, not yardage, and an offense that could pull off escapes Indiana Jones would call improbable. They came back. Back from tags of underachieving. Back from fourth-quarter deficits. Back from bad losses. And, in their final time together, back from a 22-0 deficit in the Sun Bowl.
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December 17, 2005 | Lonnie White, Times Staff Writer
UCLA senior quarterback Drew Olson, a history major, understands the significance of the Bruins' game against Northwestern in the Sun Bowl on Dec. 30. A victory would give UCLA only its seventh 10-win season and help ease the pain from the Bruins' 47-point, regular-season-ending loss to USC. "This season has been a great one for this program," Olson said. "To cap it off with a win would be awesome. It would put an exclamation point to the season."
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December 24, 1998 | ROBYN NORWOOD
USC isn't going to come anywhere close to using its 8,000-ticket allotment for the Sun Bowl, with ticket sales and distribution to players, families and staff totaling only about 1,500 earlier this week. "We still obviously have a week to go," spokesman Tim Tessalone said. "We're targeting Texas alumni. It will probably go up, but we're not expecting to sell all 8,000." USC plays Texas Christian on Dec. 31 in El Paso.
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December 31, 1998 | ROBYN NORWOOD
The Sun Bowl has been good to USC Coach Paul Hackett. He got his first head coaching job in the locker room before the game in 1989, when he was named coach at Pittsburgh shortly before kickoff of a 31-28 victory over Texas A&M. "Last time was just craziness," said Hackett, who had been quarterback coach and was named interim coach in place of Mike Gottfried. "Interviewing for the job, meeting with the president, hammering out the contract. It all took away from the game.
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December 21, 2000 | BILL SHAIKIN
School may not be in session at UCLA, but linebacker Tony White and fullback Ed Ieremia-Stansbury will provide their teammates with lessons in geography and demography during the Bruins' trip to the Sun Bowl. White and Ieremia-Stansbury grew up in El Paso, home of the Sun Bowl. Among the questions each has heard from teammates since the Sun Bowl picked the Bruins: Can I drive to Houston? How many high schools are there in town, two or three? Are there more people or animals there?
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December 22, 2000 | BILL SHAIKIN
The Sun Bowl pays participating teams $1 million each, yet UCLA officials say the school will have little or no profit to show for the Bruins' appearance in the Dec. 29 game against Wisconsin. UCLA expects to spend close to $1 million on expenses, including air fare, ground transportation, housing and meals for a traveling party of about 500, Mike Dowling, assistant athletic director, said. During the regular season, the Bruins' traveling party numbers about 125.
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December 31, 2005 | Lonnie White, Times Staff Writer
Filling in for suspended starter Justin Medlock, UCLA freshman Jimmy Rotstein did not attempt a field goal, but he made all five extra-point attempts in his first action of the season. Rotstein said it helped him to see Northwestern struggle with its kicking game. The Wildcats missed two extra-point attempts and had one field-goal try blocked.
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December 30, 2005 | Lonnie White, Times Staff Writer
If No. 17 UCLA does not play like a motivated team against Northwestern today in the 72nd Sun Bowl, the Bruins will have only themselves to blame. "After the SC game, we still have a lot to prove," senior quarterback Drew Olson said about the Bruins, who won their first eight games but suffered disheartening defeats in two of their final three, including a 66-19 loss to the Trojans on Dec. 3.
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December 29, 2005 | Lonnie White, Times Staff Writer
This may not be how Justin London envisioned his college football career ending, but the senior linebacker isn't complaining about playing in the Sun Bowl on Friday against Northwestern. "This is big game because only six teams in the history of the university have won 10 games in a season," London said about the 9-2 Bruins. "That's a nice accomplishment for us to reach. "We set goals at the beginning of the season and one was to go to a bowl game in 2006.
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December 17, 2005 | Lonnie White, Times Staff Writer
UCLA senior quarterback Drew Olson, a history major, understands the significance of the Bruins' game against Northwestern in the Sun Bowl on Dec. 30. A victory would give UCLA only its seventh 10-win season and help ease the pain from the Bruins' 47-point, regular-season-ending loss to USC. "This season has been a great one for this program," Olson said. "To cap it off with a win would be awesome. It would put an exclamation point to the season."
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December 30, 2000 | BILL SHAIKIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For second-guessers, this play was a delight: In a 21-20 Sun Bowl loss to Wisconsin Friday, UCLA truncated a promising drive on a trick play, when the Bruins' kicker failed to run for a first down. "It's a gamble," UCLA Coach Bob Toledo said. "When you make it, you're a hero. When you don't, you're not." The Bruins led, 20-14, in the fourth quarter, and had marched from their 20-yard line to the Wisconsin 32.
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December 30, 2000 | BILL SHAIKIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Freddie Mitchell sprinted toward the end zone, then slowed to turn around. He surely would score, but not before extending the ball toward the defender chasing him and offering him a few choice words. Mitchell scolded his highly touted pursuer thusly: "You can't stop me! Bye-bye!" Mitchell immediately drew a taunting penalty, as if he cared.
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December 29, 2000 | BILL SHAIKIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ah, for the glory days of September, for the No. 6 national ranking, for the victories over Alabama and Michigan that prompted UCLA quarterback Ryan McCann to declare, "I think we proved we were the No. 1 team in the nation." The national championship game will be played five days from now, two time zones to the east. The unranked Bruins (6-5) play here today, in the Sun Bowl, against unranked Wisconsin (8-4).
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December 30, 2000 | BILL SHAIKIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As the final seconds of the season ticked helplessly away, Scott McEwan stood along the UCLA sideline, almost propped up by Tab Perry on one side and Ryan McCann on the other. Hang in there, kid. There is no reason to be distraught. But there could not have been a more appropriate snapshot for the final page of the season scrapbook.
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