A home game in Texas for Notre Dame vs Miami?

By Tim Korte

Associated Press

Published: Wednesday, Dec. 29 2010 12:00 a.m. MST

J.L. Muriel holds his son Jeremiah Muriel, 6 months, as Miami quarterback Alonzo Highsmith signs his pajamas at The Children's Hospital at Providence in El Paso, Texas, Monday, Dec. 27, 2010. Miami is scheduled to play Notre Dame in the Sun Bowl NCAA college football game on New Year's Eve.

El Paso Times, Mark Lambie) ** EL PASO OUT JUAREZ, MEXICO, OUT ** ., Associated Press

EL PASO, Texas — It's no secret Notre Dame will enjoy tremendous crowd support in the Sun Bowl against Miami.

After all, an estimated 80 percent of the population in El Paso, Texas, is Roman Catholic.

The game sold out 21 hours after the teams were announced. The previous Sun Bowl record for the quickest sellout — 15 days — was set last year when Oklahoma beat Stanford.

Notre Dame offensive lineman Chris Stewart says he expects the Irish to be treated like the home team.

When coach Brian Kelly stepped off the airplane earlier this week, one of the first things he heard was organizers and fans telling him about El Paso's love affair with the Irish.

Miami interim coach Jeff Stoutland says his players are accustomed to playing in hostile environments, and that it gives them energy.

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