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2008 Las Vegas Bowl

Arizona Wildcats vs. BYU Cougars

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    Ten Years in the Making

    Ten Years in the Making

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    In its first bowl-appearance in ten years, Arizona upended Las Vegas Bowl-regular BYU 31-21.

  • Austin Collie of BYU catches a pass while Devin Ross of Arizona defends during the Pioneer Las Vegas Bowl at Sam Boyd Stadium on Saturday.

    Sloppy play costs BYU once again

    December 21, 2008

    Throughout BYU's 31-21 loss to Arizona in Saturday's Las Vegas Bowl, one thing became clear: Regardless of whether the Cougars cared about the game -- a subject of discussion in the media all week -- that talk was irrelevant. It was the same old problems the team had before that led to the Wildcats' win.

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    Don't Hassel the Hoff

    Don\'t Hassel the Hoff

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    David Hasselhoff kicked off the 2008 Las Vegas Bowl as the singer of the national anthem. His oldest daughter, Taylor Ann, attends the University of Arizona.

  • Arizona football coach Mike Stoops (left) and BYU football coach Bronco Mendenhall pose for photos between Las Vegas show girls during a news conference at ESPN Zone inside the New York New York casino on Dec. 9. BYU will face Arizona in the Las Vegas Bowl on Saturday.

    Breaking down the Las Vegas Bowl

    December 19, 2008

    The time for talk is over. At 5:06 p.m. today, the No. 16 BYU Cougars will face Arizona in the 17th Pioneer Las Vegas Bowl at Sam Boyd Stadium. Both teams have battled harsh winter conditions and even harsher media scrutiny, and now it's game time.

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    Las Vegas Bowl Preview

    Las Vegas Bowl Preview

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    Watch Arizona and BYU players preview the Las Vegas Bowl plus Alex and Ryan Greene breakdown the game in their new sunglasses.

  • Members of the BYU and Arizona football teams visit Sunrise Children's Hospital to deliver gifts to long-term patients.

    Las Vegas Bowl players take time out for ailing children

    December 18, 2008

    Four-year-old Ethan Freer was walking down the hall of the Sunrise Children's Hospital with his dad and sister Thursday morning when he saw some big guys walking around he had never seen before. Ethan, who has been a patient at Sunrise since August, was one of the many children who got a visit by Las Vegas Bowl players from BYU and Arizona.

  • BYU and Arizona meet and have dinner at the Freemont Experience in Las Vegas Thursday.  BYU and Arizona will meet in the Las Vegas Bowl Saturday at Sam Boyd Stadium.

    Arizona’s top-ranked defense faces tough task

    December 18, 2008

    Without the arctic chill of a snowstorm gracing practice Thursday, Arizona football coach Mike Stoops created his own distractions to test his players' mental focus by lining UNLV's Rebel Park with large speakers. A mix of rap, pop and country music mixed with the constant din of airplanes leaving McCarran International Airport helped create a loud enough atmosphere for the Wildcats to work on their communication skills in noisy settings like Saturday's Pioneer Las Vegas Bowl.

  • BYU practices at Bishop Gorman's football field in preparation for Saturday's game against Arizona in the Las Vegas Bowl.

    BYU’s senior offensive linemen brace for final challenge

    December 18, 2008

    When asked about what it feels like to play behind one of the best offensive lines in college football, BYU quarterback Max Hall sounds like a kid describing his Christmas toy. The Cougars will get one more game out of four of its offensive lineman before each of their seniors takes a shot at the NFL.

  • Arizona not intimidated by snow

    December 17, 2008

    Apparently Arizona football coach Mike Stoops loves winter weather.

  • BYU running back Harvey Unga (45) struggles for more yardage against UNLV defensive back Wiselet Rouzard (22) on Oct. 25, 2008.

    BYU hopes to prove it’s worthy of more

    December 17, 2008

    After climbing as high as No. 8 in the national polls and riding the nation's longest winning streak out to 16 games, returning to the Las Vegas Bowl was not the way the Cougars had hoped their season would end.

  • Bishop Gorman graduate Keola Antolin, left, returns to his hometown for the 17th Las Vegas Bowl. Antolin's Arizona Wildcats will face the BYU Cougars on Saturday at Sam Boyd Stadium.

    Bishop Gorman alum makes welcome homecoming in Las Vegas Bowl

    December 17, 2008

    Keola Antolin has fond memories of playing in Sam Boyd Stadium. The 2008 Bishop Gorman graduate and freshman running back for Arizona is hoping to make a few more memories when his Wildcats football team takes on BYU at the stadium for the Pioneer Las Vegas Bowl XVII on Saturday.

  • Hasselhoff to rock the Las Vegas Bowl

    December 16, 2008

    David Hasselhoff will perform the National Anthem at Saturday's Pioneer Las Vegas Bowl. Yes, you read that correctly. Organizers of the 17th Las Vegas Bowl announced their selection Monday morning.

  • Arizona football coach Mike Stoops (left) and BYU football coach Bronco Mendenhall pose for photos between Las Vegas show girls during a news conference at ESPN Zone inside the New York New York casino on Dec. 9. BYU will face Arizona in the Las Vegas Bowl on Saturday.

    Stoops defends Arizona’s ability to handle bowl game distractions

    December 16, 2008

    University of Arizona football coach Mike Stoops is well aware that his team will face two tough opponents in Saturday's Pioneer Las Vegas Bowl – the No. 16 BYU Cougars and Sin City itself.

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    Las Vegas Bowl

    Las Vegas Bowl

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    The Pioneer Las Vegas Bowl officially welcomed BYU of the Mountain West Conference and Arizona of the Pac-10 to Sin City Tuesday. The Cougars and Wildcats square of December 20 at Sam Boyd Stadium.

  • Meet the Arizona Wildcats

    December 17, 2008

    Take a closer look at the Arizona Wildcats.

  • Meet the BYU Cougars

    December 17, 2008

    Take a closer look at the BYU Cougars.

  • BYU, Arizona introduced

    December 10, 2008

    One program knows this drill already. The other is a group of true first-timers. BYU, making its third consecutive Las Vegas Bowl appearance, and Arizona, in a bowl game for the first time since 1998, were officially introduced Tuesday afternoon as this year's participants in the Dec. 20 game at Sam Boyd Stadium. Following a parade of welcomes from the bowl officials, Pac-10 and Mountain West commissioners and sponsors, plenty of storylines floated around the crowd in the back of the ESPN Zone at New York New York.

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