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Wolfpack Run Over Sun Devils In Record-Setting Fashion To Win Sun Bowl 52-31

Not one, not two, but three rushing touchdowns for North Carolina State’s running back Nyheim Hines in the first half proved to be the difference for the Wolfpack as they defeated Arizona State 52-31 in the 84th Hyundai Sun Bowl.

The Wolfpack controlled the game from the start, forcing a fumble on the second play from scrimmage and turnovers proved to be costly for the Sun Devils as quarterback Manny Wilkins was intercepted three times to swing momentum back to the Wolfpack just when it seemed they were creeping back into the contest.

Hines’ three scores earned him game MVP honors accounting for half of the the rushing touchdowns for the Wolfpack on the day setting a new Sun Bowl record of six.

“This is all due to the offensive line, they did a great job blocking, we’ve had two thousand-yard rushers the past two years so this is a testament to all the offensive linemen,” Hines said. “It’s an honor (to win MVP) it’s really humbling, I didn’t think things like this were possible when I was younger.”

The Sun Devils looked to be gaining momentum after trailing 21-3 late in the second quarter, cutting the Wolfpack lead 21-10, but a failed onside kick gave the ball back to NC State with just over two minutes on the clock.

The Wolfpack took advantage as quarterback Ryan Finley hit Jakobi Meyers on a flat route who then broke a tackle for a 25-yard touchdown to take a 28-10 lead with one minute left in the half.

A muffed punt by Hines in the third quarter gave ASU life who trailed by 21 at that point. The Sun Devils gave it right back after quarterback, Manny Wilkins threw the ball into double coverage to be intercepted by Jarius Morehead for a touch back ending any momentum for ASU.

“I don’t think we turned the ball over four times in one game all year, I don’t think we turned it over twice in one game and that was the difference in the game,” ASU head coach, Todd Graham said. “We have to give them a lot of credit, they’re a very good football team. They came out and we just couldn’t stop them, I don’t think they punted the ball at all in the first half. You have to play better defense than that to have a chance.”

Graham, was fired hours after defeating in-state rival, Arizona, to become bowl eligible and was still tasked to coach the Sun Devils in the Sun Bowl.

Former NFL head coach and ESPN commentator, Herm Edwards, is replacing Graham as their head man.

“It’s very uncomfortable and it’s hard not to have emotion,” Graham said. “I’m going to coach until they throw dirt on my head, I’m going to be a football coach. This has been, for my wife and I, a once in a lifetime opportunity. It’s great for them to be here, my son Michael was with us, there was a lot of tears but really no sadness, I’ve go a full heart.”

The Wolfpack controlled nearly every facet of the game, from their record-setting six rushing touchdowns, forcing four turnovers and time of possession, holding the ball for just over 32 minutes.

“We were dominating the line of scrimmage, running the ball, catching it, throwing it,” NC State head coach, Dave Doeren , said. “I just think we got hot and finished drives, guys really started fast, got a takeaway and did some really good things.”

Doeren congratulated players and coaches on the field after the game, but suddenly stopped to dance with his wife.

“They were playing Marty Robbins’ El Paso, great song. Had to dance that one,” Doeren said.

 

Despite the comeback attempts, the Wolfpack kept countering with scores of their own and applying pressure to Wilkins all game long as linebacker, Airius Moore, intercepted Wilkins with just under one minute left to play to seal the win for the Wolfpack.

“We showed that we’re a great defense, (Bradley) Chubb is a great player, but the guys that filled his spot stepped up so that’s big for us it just shows that we’re a complete team,” Moore said. “It felt good (getting the interception), I’m a senior, I wish I didn’t take that knee but that’s just how it happened.”

Chubb elected to not play in the bowl game as he prepares for the NFL and is projected to be a top 10 draft pick.

“This team is a great team with or without me, I knew that from the get go…this team didn’t need me to play, they have so many great players,” Chubb said. “That’s why I didn’t come out and say it publicly that I wasn’t playing, because I didn’t want the focus to be on me. This is a great team that got us to the Sun Bowl and I’m happy for them.”

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Monster’s Musings: El Paso Shines with Sun Bowl Game

Story in Many Pics: 84th Annual Sun Bowl

Story in Many Pics: 84th Annual Sun Bowl

Under skies that CBS Sports called ‘Chamber of Commerce-Perfect Weather,’  the Arizona State Sun Devils and the North Carolina State Wolfpack took to the field in the 84th Annual Sun Bowl.

It was also the 50th consecutive year the bowl game as been carried by CBS Sports.  In the end, the Wolfpack downed the Sun Devils 52 to 31.

Our very own Chief Photographer Andres Acosta was there and brings you his view of the game in this ‘Story in Many Pics.’

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Monster’s Musings: El Paso Shines with Sun Bowl Game

Wolfpack Run Over Sun Devils In Record-Setting Fashion To Win Sun Bowl 52-31

Monster’s Musings: El Paso Shines with Sun Bowl Game

On a beautiful Friday afternoon in front of 39,897 fans, the 84th annual Hyundai Sun Bowl took place between the North Carolina State Wolfpack and the Arizona State Sun Devils.

As it turned out, the Sun Devils were no match for the Wolfpack as NC State easily won the game by a score of 52-31

Once again the Hyundai Sun Bowl proved that it is the signature sporting event for the city of El Paso. This is the one event that truly showcases the greatness of El Paso. It starts as soon as the teams arrive in the city and it continues up to the kickoff of the game. And for the fans visiting the city to support their teams, they are treated to a number of great events from the Fan Fiesta that features the battle of the bands to the free tailgate party on top of south parking garage on game day.

84th Annual Hyundai Sun Bowl between North Carolina State Wolfpack vs Arizona State Sun Devils, Sun Bowl Stadium, December 29, 2017

Speaking of the visiting fans, they really had a good time here in the Sun City. Whether it was seeing some of the historic sites in town or eating some great authentic Mexican food, everyone seemed to enjoy it. One fan told me the game was “the icing on the cake.”

And that’s what the Sun Bowl feels like…a big party. And that’s what it should be. This should be the one event of the year that El Pasoans let their hair down and go have a good time at a football game because we all know that they’re not getting that at a UTEP game.

This is what a big time college football game feels like.

As I was walking the sidelines I couldn’t help but notice how the fans were into the game. They were cheering or yelling on almost every play.

Yes, the game itself might have not been competitive but at least both teams scored some

84th Annual Hyundai Sun Bowl between North Carolina State Wolfpack vs Arizona State Sun Devils, Sun Bowl Stadium, December 29, 2017

points. I think you’d agree with me that I’d rather see a high scoring game than a low scoring defense game. Let’s leave the low scoring games for the college playoffs. People come to bowl games to see points being scored, and that’s what they got today.

As for the game, the Wolfpack dominated most of the game, even though the Sun Devils tried to make a comeback in the 4th quarter but in reality this game was over by halftime as the Wolfpack was up 28-10. The NC State offense was too much for ASU to handle as they rushed for 177 yards, passed for over 300 yards and had almost 500 yards of total offense. ASU had 469 yards of total offensive themselves but most of those yards came well after the game was already out of hand.

I’m sure some ASU fans left sad because of the final score, but I’m pretty sure that overall they’re happy with their experience here in El Paso. As for the NC State fans, I’m sure they’re gonna continue to celebrate all the way back home.

Let’s talk about the weather, It’s called the Sun Bowl for a reason folks, And today’s game was a great representation of that as the high was 70 degrees with no clouds in sight; not only is the weather great, but it also looks great on TV. It is no wonder CBS has televised the game nationally for over 50 years now.

I will always say that the Sun Bowl is one of the most beautiful stadiums in the world. I don’t know of that many stadiums that are in the middle of a mountain and that makes the Sun Bowl as unique as El Paso is, and today they both shined bright.

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Story in Many Pics: 84th Annual Sun Bowl

Wolfpack Run Over Sun Devils In Record-Setting Fashion To Win Sun Bowl 52-31

Video+Story in Many Pics: Sun Bowl Fan Fiesta

Cheerleaders, bands, and fans took over the convention center Thursday for the annual Sun Bowl Fan Fiesta.

The fun started at noon, as cheerleaders from both teams welcomed visitors to the Sun Bowl Coaches news conference.

Andres Acosta was there as the Sun Devils and the Wolfpack cheered, marched and fired up their faithful fans, and brings you his view of the fun in this ‘Story in Many Pics.’

Parade of band at the fan fiesta for the Hyundai Sun Bowl

Posted by El Paso Herald-Post on Thursday, 28 December 2017

Posted by El Paso Herald-Post on Thursday, 28 December 2017

Posted by El Paso Herald-Post on Thursday, 28 December 2017

Take two of the Parade of the bands for the Hyundai Sun bowl

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