Dec 31, 2019; El Paso, Texas, USA; Arizona State Sun Devils head coach Herm Edwards is doused by Frosted Flakes by his players moments after defeating the Florida State Seminoles 20-14 in the Sun Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Ivan Pierre Aguirre-USA TODAY Sports

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Report: Sun Bowl canceled amid COVID-19 concerns

For the first time in 86 years, the Sun Bowl is going dark.

Sun Bowl officials confirmed Monday the game will not take place this December because of COVID-19 concerns. The cancellation was first reported by Stadium.

With the Orange and Sugar bowls, the Sun Bowl is tied for second-longest running bowl game — behind only the Rose Bowl. The game in El Paso, Texas, had been played for the past 85 years dating back to 1935, and this year was scheduled to feature teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference and Pac-12.

The Rose Bowl has been played every year since 1916, and this season is scheduled to host a CFB national semifinal, as is the Sugar Bowl, with the National Championship Game in Miami.

The decision makes the Sun Bowl the ninth bowl game to be canceled this season. Others that have been scrapped include the Pinstripe Bowl, Fenway Bowl, Holiday Bowl, Bahamas Bowl, Hawaii Bowl, Redbox Bowl, Quick Lane Bowl and Celebration Bowl.

Last season, Arizona State rallied for a 20-14 win over Florida State in the Sun Bowl. The Sun Devils had six takeaways in the victory.

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