1968 Sun Bowl
35th Sun Bowl
1234 Total
Auburn 1001410 34
Arizona 01000 10
DateDecember 28, 1968
StadiumSun Bowl
LocationEl Paso, Texas
MVPDB Buddy McClinton (Auburn)
United States TV coverage
AnnouncersLindsey Nelson
Frank Gifford
Sun Bowl
 < 1967  1969

The 1968 Sun Bowl featured the Arizona Wildcats and the Auburn Tigers.


The Wildcats had finished tied for 2nd in the Western Athletic Conference in their second year under Coach Mudra, improving from 3–6–1 the previous year to earn their first bowl appearance since 1949. The Tigers had finished tied for third in the Southeastern Conference in their first bowl game since 1965. This was the first Sun Bowl for either team. This was the first Sun Bowl broadcast by CBS. The partnership of CBS and the Sun Bowl is the longest continuous relationship between a bowl game and one TV network.[1]

Game summary

A John Riley 52-yard field goal and a 65-yard touchdown pass from Loran Carter to Mickey Zofko gave the Tigers a 10-0 lead after one quarter. The Wildcats responded with a Steve Hurley 32 yard field goal and a Hal Arnason 12 yard touchdown catch from Bruce Lee (with 54 seconds remaining in the half) to make it tied at 10 after one half of play. In the second half, Auburn took control in the span of 24 seconds. Tommy Taylor scored from 9 yards out to make it 17–10. On the ensuing possession for Arizona, Buddy McClinton intercepted a Lee pass and returned it 32 yards for a touchdown score to make it 24–10. When Auburn got the ball back, Carter threw a 42 yard touchdown pass to Tim Christian to make it 31–10. A Riley field goal made the final score 34–10. Auburn's Buddy McClinton caught three interceptions, had six tackles and scored a touchdown off an interception return en route to being named MVP, the first defensive back to be awarded the honor in the Sun Bowl. Lee set a record for most interceptions in the Sun Bowl with 6, on a miserable 6-of-24 for 89 yard performance. While Carter went 7-of-28 passing on three interceptions, he threw for 158 yards with two touchdowns.[2][3]


The Wildcats did not return to the Sun Bowl again until 1985. The Tigers did not return again until 1973.


Statistics Auburn Arizona
First downs 12 16
Rushing yards 147 70
Passing yards 156 164
Total offense 303 234
Interceptions 3 8
Punts–average 7–26.4 11–34.3
Fumbles–lost 3–2 2–1
Penalties–yards 4–36 4–38


  1. ^ "Viacom CBS Press Express".
  2. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on March 4, 2016. Retrieved December 15, 2015.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Auburn 34, Arizona 10 | Recaps – Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl | December 31, 2021 | el Paso, Texas".