Throwback Thursday: 1998 Sun Bowl USC vs TCU

In honor of Christian McCaffrey's decision to NOT play in the Sun Bowl, we bring you a Sun Bowl matchup between another disinterested PAC 10 team, Paul Hackett's USC squad and the first year of Dennis Franchione's TCU rebuild. 

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- The Sun Bowl, along with the Orange and Sugar, is the second longest running bowl in existence, having kicked off way back in 1935. 

- The Sun Bowl was first played at El Paso High School. The game eventually moved to Kidd Field until the Sun Bowl was ready in 1963. 

- The First Sun Bowl was between the El Paso Stars and Ranger College. El Paso won 25-21.

- UTEP, then called Texas Mines, played in the third Sun Bowl. Losing to Hardin Simmons. 

- In 1938 the first non-Texas/New Mexico team traveled to El Paso when West Virginia met Texas Tech. The Mountaineers won 7-6.

- MVPs of the Sun Bowl include: A&M's barefoot kicker Tony Franklin; Texas receiver Johnny "Lam" Jones; Bama linebacker Cornelius Bennett; future Buffalo Bill Thurman Thomas; Texas running back Priest Holmes; and famed drunk driver Malcolm Floyd. 

- Texas Tech has made the most Sun Bowl appearances with 9, though the Sun Bowl hasn't been kind to the Red Raiders. They've won just once. 

- UTEP has the second most appearances with 8. The Miners have gone 5-3 in their hometown bowl. The Miners last time out in the Sun Bowl was back in 1967.

- Hardin Simmons has made four appearances, tying the Cowboys with Texas, UCLA, and Stanford. 

- The Sun Bowl isn't without controversy. In 1949, an invitation was extended to Lafayette College in Eaton, PA under the condition that Lafayette would leave their African American player, David Showell, back in Pennsylvania. Lafayette students protested the bid and eventually the faculty and administration rejected the invite. West Virginia was invited in Lafayette's place, beating Texas Western. In 1950 a vote was finally taken to allow African American players to play in the Sun Bowl. The first integrated game was played the following year with Pacific University taking on Texas Tech. 

Enjoy a little vintage Fran Ball and the 1998 Sun Bowl.

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Posted on December 22, 2016 and filed under Southwest Round-Up, TCU.