No. 18 UCLA, Pitt meet again after 50 years in the Sun Bowl
No. 18 UCLA (9-3, Pac-12; No. 18 CFP) vs. Pittsburgh (8-4, ACC), Dec. 30, 2 p.m. ET.
LOCATION: El Paso, Texas.
UCLA: QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson, 2,883 yards, 25 touchdowns passing, 631 yards, 11 touchdowns rushing.
Pittsburgh: RB Israel Abanikanda, led ACC with 1,431 yards and 20 touchdowns. Ran for 320 yards and six touchdowns in a win over Virginia Tech this season.
UCLA: The Bruins are looking for their 10th win, which would match the program’s all-time mark accomplished nine previous times. UCLA is 19-13 against teams in the current ACC, beating Virginia 34-16 to start the 2015 season.
Pittsburgh: The Panthers closed the season with four straight victories. A win over UCLA would give them 20 in a two-year span, something the team last accomplished in 1981 and 1982 with Dan Marino at quarterback.
UCLA 38, Pittsburgh 28, September 16, 1972.
UCLA: The Bruins are playing in their fifth Sun Bowl, where they’re 3-1 in past appearances. UCLA is 16-19-1 in bowl games.
Pittsburgh: The Panthers are 2-2 in their previous four trips to the Sun Bowl. Overall, they’re 14-22 in their bowl history.
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