Bronx, NY (Sports Network) - Syracuse will make its second appearance in three
years in the Pinstripe Bowl after accepting an invitation to play in the New
York City-based game.
The contest will take place on Dec. 29 at Yankee Stadium and will pit the
Orange against an opponent from the Big 12, to be announced later on Sunday.
Syracuse participated in the inaugural Pinstripe Bowl, held in December of
2010, and recorded a 36-34 victory over Kansas State in a contest that drew
over 38,000 fans.
"We are thrilled to be invited to the New Era Pinstripe Bowl for the second
time in three years," said Syracuse head coach Doug Marrone, a graduate of
Herbert H. Lehman High School in the Bronx. "It means a great deal to us to
play a bowl game in Yankee Stadium where many of our alumni and fans will have
the opportunity to share it with us. New York State is the foundation of our
This year's Orange squad closed out its regular season by winning five of its
final six games to post a 7-5 overall record, and finished in a four-way tie
atop the Big East at 5-2.
"I am proud of this team for the way it fought through early-season adversity
to win five of the last six games and win a share of the Big East
championship," said Marrone. "It is great for our team, and particularly our
seniors, to have the chance to play one more game."
The Pinstripe Bowl has matched a Big East team against a Big 12 member in all
three years of its existence. Rutgers defeated Iowa State, 27-13, in last
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