El Paso, TX — Virginia Tech, 8-4 and 5-3 (ACC), returns to the foundation of their 26-bowl game history. The Hokies' first bowl appearance was in the 1947 Sun Bowl. Cincinnati defeated Virginia Tech 18-6 at Kidd Field. The Hokies will be making their first appearance at Sun Bowl Stadium.
"We are extremely excited to be coming to the Sun Bowl," Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer said. "All my conversations with people who have been there have been extremely positive, and it is my understanding that the Sun Bowl people do an excellent job with their hospitality. It's great for our kids and fans to be able to visit a different part of the country. The Sun Bowl was our first bowl in 1947, and it's time to get back."
The Hokies' Hyundai Sun Bowl appearance is the 21st consecutive bowl appearance for Virginia Tech under Beamer. The Virginia Tech graduate is the winningest active coach in the FBS.
"We're very excited to have the chance to go back to El Paso and the Sun Bowl," said Jim Weaver, Virginia Tech Director of Athletics. "It was the first bowl game for Virginia Tech back in 1947 and we are looking forward to going back."
UCLA , 9-3 and 6-3 (Pac-12), will be making its fourth appearance in the Hyundai Sun Bowl, the Bruins hold a 2-1 record in Sun Bowl games. The Bruins' last trip to the Sun City resulted in the program's largest comeback win over Northwestern, 50-38. Before that, Wisconsin edged the Bruins 21-20 in 2000 while UCLA claimed a 6-3 victory over Illinois in 1991.
Kickoff for the Hyundai Sun Bowl is set for high noon on December 31, 2013.
Tickets can be purchased by calling 915-533-4416 or online at sunbowl.org.
There will be 80 gifts given away for the 80th anniversary of the game with the drawing coming from purchased tickets at the game
A Sky Party will be starting at 9am on the roof of the parking garage at UTEP with free entertainment and food and beverages can be purchased
A Football Team Luncheon hosted by the Rotary Clubs of El Paso will be on December 30th at 11:30 a.m. at the Convention center with both teams in attendance and the Coaches and the luncheon is only $50.