Photo by Ruben R. Ramirez – El Paso Herald Post
On Sunday, officials with the Sun Bowl Association made the announcement that Miami Hurricanes and Washington State Cougars will be the two college football teams that will participate in the 2021 Tony The Tiger Sun Bowl.
The game will be held at the Sun Bowl on December 31st, kickoff is scheduled for 10 a.m. MT.
The ACC-PAC 12 matchup will be a repeat of the 2015 edition of the Sun Bowl. This year, both the Hurricanes and Cougars will come into the Sun City with a 7-5 record having won their last two games of the regular season.
Back in 2015 when these two faced each other in the Sun Bowl, Washington State was victorious over Miami by the score of 20-14. Adding to the memorable game was the weather in which it was played. It snowed heavily for a majority of the game.
Actually the last two times that the Hurricanes have come to the Borderland the games have been played in the snow.
John Folmer, chairman of the Sun Bowl Association football committee said the following about the upcoming game, after it not taking place last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, “First of all, the most important thing is having it (the Sun Bowl game) back. We have such a long term bowl relationship with our community… I didn’t care who we got, as it ended up we got two really great teams. The important thing is we’re gonna have a crowd, we’re going to have the people of El Paso who love our game just like they love our parade and other events to be back there and that’s the most important thing.”
Bernie, executive director of the Sun Bowl Association said the following about the matchup, “We’re super happy about the matchup that we have. We couldn’t have two better teams that would fit us than Washington State and Miami. They (Miami) genuinely seem to be very excited to be here as does Washington State…I hope they give us a great game to go all over the nation.”
VISITING TEAM: Washington State Cougars | HOME TEAM: Miami Hurricanes
Appearances in Sun Bowl
Washington State (2-0)
Win vs. Purdue, 33-27 (Dec. 31, 2001)
Win vs. Miami, 20-14 (Dec. 31, 2015)
Loss vs. Notre Dame, 33-17 (Dec. 31, 2010)
Loss vs. Washington State, 20-14 (Dec. 31, 2015)
Author: Joe Rodriguez | Photos by Ruben R. Ramirez – El Paso Herald Post