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Sun Bowl Unveils Uniform Matchup for Pitt-UCLA



Prepare for the best uniform matchup this bowl season between Pitt and UCLA.

Pitt will bring out its white jerseys and gold helmets for the Sun Bowl clash against No. 18 UCLA. Conversely, UCLA will wear its blue jerseys and gold helmets. The field at Sun Bowl Stadium was prepared today, with both end zones painted to display the two participants.

UCLA has put together a 9-3 season, led by quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson and running back Zach Charbonnet, and neither has made the decision to play in the bowl or not. It is also unclear, aside from Calijah Kancey who is not playing, which Pitt players will opt out.

Pitt is 5-9 all-time against UCLA, but all 13 meetings occurred between 1958-72. Of course, Pitt and the Sun Bowl do have history.

Pitt’s first appearance in the Sun Bowl occurred back in 1975, a 33-19 win over Kansas in which Tony Dorsett, Eliot Walker and Robert Haygood each racked up 100 yards on the ground.

Pitt made it back once again in 1989, although it was called the John Hancock Bowl, knocking off Texas A&M 31-28. Alex Van Pelt threw for 350 yards and two touchdowns in an MVP performance.

The most recent appearance wasn’t all that long ago, appearing in the 2018 edition — a 14-13 loss to Stanford following an ACC championship game loss to Clemson.

But the only Sun Bowl that will draw an audible reaction is the 2008 Sun Bowl. A 3-0 monstrosity in which Oregon State and Pitt combined for five turnovers, 20 punts and just one field goal — on a botched snap.

Pitt managed just 178 yards of offense in the game — 91 of which came from LeSean McCoy.

The Sun Bowl is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 30 at Sun Bowl Stadium in El Paso, Texas. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m., with CBS broadcasting the game.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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1 year ago

Apparently they are going to play pantsless.

1 year ago
Reply to  Menotyou

I’d like to see them wear all white with the wide royal stripe and gold trim down the side of their legs. I have seen the ‘house wear them and those uniforms really pop!!

1 year ago

Well, if they wear pants, I prefer gold over royal blue. Don’t want the all whites, might remind me of…you know who.

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