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Two Top Ranked Teams Head to U.S. Bank Beach Bowl; Game Pits College of the Desert Roadrunners Versus the Moorpark College Raiders

SANTA MONICA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 17, 2004--The Moorpark College Raiders will battle the College of the Desert Roadrunners in the fifth annual U.S. Bank Beach Bowl on Saturday, Nov. 20 at 4 p.m. at Santa Monica College's Corsair stadium. Coaches and players from both teams will preview the game at a news conference Friday, Nov. 19 at 11:30 a.m. at the U.S. Bank branch located at 400 Wilshire Boulevard in Santa Monica.

The game features two teams coming off extremely successful seasons, both ranked in the top 15 in the California Community College Football Poll for Southern California. Finishing the season by winning its last two games, College of the Desert completed a 6-4 campaign, earning Southern California's 14th place ranking, its first bowl bid since 1994 and a match-up with the 12th ranked Moorpark College Raiders. Moorpark, which also finished 6-4, returns to the bowl scene after missing out on a bowl in 2003.

"It's just an honor to be part of it all again. We got so used to it, it became something we just expected. After missing it last year, we're happy to be back into it again," said Moorpark head coach Jim Bittner. "We are excited about playing College of the Desert and Coach Swearingen, he's one of the premier coaches in Southern California," said Bittner. "He's just outstanding. He'll have that team ready, I guarantee you."

The U.S. Bank Beach Bowl became part of the California Community College bowl series in 2000 when Santa Monica College defeated Citrus College in the inaugural game. The game's success continued in 2001, 2002 and 2003 with victories by Glendale College, LA Harbor College and Fullerton College. U.S. Bank's assistance was integral to the sanctioning of the game.

"We are very grateful that U.S. Bank continues to sponsor this bowl game which means a lot to our school and community college football. We deeply appreciate our year-round partnership with U.S. Bank in putting together what should be another incredibly exciting game," said Dr. Rhonda Hyatt, Santa Monica athletic director and game organizer.

College of the Desert is a two-year community college in Palm Desert and a member of the Commission on Athletics, with a full-time enrollment of 3,550 and student count of 10,350. It provides students with opportunities and encouragement to learn the skills, knowledge and behaviors needed to succeed in their chosen endeavors.

Moorpark College is nestled in the foothills in 134 acres between the cities of Simi Valley and Moorpark. The college has served the citizens of the Ventura County since it opened in 1967 with a current enrollment of approximately 14,500 students. Through its continued attention to quality and innovation, Moorpark College has become one of the top community colleges in the nation.

U.S. Bank is continuing its support of Santa Monica and the entire Los Angeles and Orange County areas, where it has contributed more than $500,000 in grants during 2004. U.S. Bank is part of U.S. Bancorp (NYSE:USB). With $193 billion in assets, U.S. Bancorp is the 6th largest financial services holding company in the United States. The company operates 2,346 banking offices and 4,621 ATMs in 24 states, and provides a comprehensive line of banking, brokerage, insurance, investment, mortgage, trust and payment services products to consumers, businesses and institutions. U.S. Bancorp is home of the Five Star Service Guarantee in which the company pays customers if certain key banking benefits and services are not met. Visit U.S. Bancorp on the web at www.usbank.com.

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    SOURCE: U.S. Bank
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