Stanford football to make a return trip to the Sun Bowl


The Stanford football team learned Sunday it is headed to the Hyundai Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas, to be played on Dec. 31 at 11 a.m. The Cardinal (8-4) will face Pittsburgh (7-6) for the first time in over 86 years. Stanford is playing in its 10th consecutive bowl game, an on-going school record.

The Cardinal downed California, 23-13, in Saturday's Big Game to improve its bowl game prospects. The Golden Bears (7-5) will meet TCU in the Cheez-It Bowl on Dec. 26.

Stanford has made 29 previous bowl appearances, four of them to the Sun Bowl. The Cardinal is 14-14-1 in bowl games, and 3-1 in the Sun Bowl, most recently defeating North Carolina, 25-23, in 2016. This will be Stanford's third straight bowl game in the state of Texas, including the 2017 Alamo Bowl.

Stanford is 1-2 all-time against Pitt, including a 7-6 win over the Panthers in the 1928 Rose Bowl Game. Pitt won the first meeting in California, 16-7, on Dec. 30, 1922, and the most recent meeting, 7-0, on Nov. 26, 1932, in the Steel City.

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