The West Virginia Mountaineers will play Syracuse in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl on December 29th.
The Pinstripe Bowl is held in Yankee Stadium in the Bronx.
The former Big East rivals last met in Syracuse on October 21, 2011; Syracuse won that game 49-23.
This is the 11th straight bowl trip for West Virginia, which started the season with five straight wins and was ranked as high as fifth before five straight losses.
WVU Pinstripe Bowl Press Release
DECEMBER 2, 2012
WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY ACCEPTS INVITATION TO PLAY
IN THE 2012 NEW ERA PINSTRIPE BOWL AT YANKEE STADIUM
West Virginia University of the Big 12 Conference tonight accepted an
invitation to play in the 2012 New Era Pinstripe Bowl vs. Syracuse,
scheduled for Saturday, December 29, 2012 at Yankee Stadium. A press conference with New Era Pinstripe Bowl participants and officials will be held on Wednesday, December 5 at 11:00 a.m. at Yankee Stadium.
Further details will be provided in the near future.
This year marks the third annual bowl game at Yankee Stadium. In 2010,
Syracuse defeated Kansas State, 36-34, in the inaugural New Era
Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium. And last year, Rutgers University took
down Iowa State, 27-13. Prior to the inception of the New Era Pinstripe
Bowl in 2010, the last college football bowl game had been played in the
Bronx in 1962 when Nebraska edged Miami (Fla.), 36-34, in the Gotham
Bowl at the original Yankee Stadium.
West Virginia went 7-5 in 2012, under second-year head coach Dana
Holgorsen, in its first season in the Big 12. The Mountaineers scored at
least 31 points in 10 of their 12 games this season, ranking seventh in
the country with 41.6 points per game. This marks their 11th straight
West Virginia?s high-powered offense is led by quarterback Geno Smith,
who has been selected as a finalist for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm
Award and the Manning Award. Junior receiver Stedman Bailey was recently
named one of three finalists for the Biletnikoff Award, after leading
the nation with 23 receiving touchdowns. Fellow receiver and 2012
All-American Tavon Austin is second in the nation in all-purpose yardage
and has scored four different ways in 2012 ? three rushing touchdowns,
12 receiving, one by punt return and one by kickoff return, becoming the
first player in West Virginia history to accomplish the feat.
?We finished the season strong with two straight wins, and I am glad
our players get the reward of playing in a bowl game,? West Virginia
Head Football Coach Dana Holgorsen said. ?This will be West Virginia?s
11th straight bowl appearance and one more chance for our fans to see
the 2012 Mountaineers. Playing in New York City will provide a national
stage and Yankee Stadium will be a great venue for our seniors to finish
Syracuse leads the all-time series vs. West Virginia, 32-27, winning
the last two meetings after eight straight Mountaineer wins from
2002-09. Before 2012, the two teams had met annually since 1955, playing
for the Ben Schwartzwalder Trophy, since it was established in 1993.
?I am pleased that our football team will get the reward of playing in
a bowl game. Changing conferences has been an adjustment, and I am proud
of how our players have handled themselves and prepared,? Director of
Athletics Oliver Luck said. ?I am also excited for our fans, who will
get the chance to visit a great city in close proximity to the state of
West Virginia. I am looking forward to seeing Yankee Stadium filled with
Gold and Blue.?
For the Mountaineers, this will mark their fifth college football game
at the home of the New York Yankees. The Mountaineers played the
second-ever college football game in the original Yankee Stadium on Oct.
27, 1923, playing to a 13-13 tie with Penn State. Their last contest at
the House that Ruth Built came on Oct. 18, 1947, a 40-0 win over NYU.
West Virginia football at Yankee Stadium
Oct. 27, 1923 West Virginia ? 13, Penn State ? 13
Nov. 6, 1928 West Virginia ? 18, Fordham ? 0
Nov. 19, 1938 Manhattan College ? 13, West Virginia ? 0
Oct. 18, 1947 West Virginia ? 40, NYU ? 0
?An exciting West Virginia football team in the 2013 New Era Pinstripe
Bowl vs. Syracuse pits two high-powered offenses with elite talent on
both sides of the ball, setting up to be one of the premiere bowl-game
matchups this season? said Mark Holtzman, Yankees Executive Director of
the New Era Pinstripe Bowl. ?The Mountaineers players, alumni and fans
will surely enjoy an exciting bowl week in New York City and a memorable
game in Yankee Stadium.?
Tickets for the New Era Pinstripe Bowl are currently available at
newerapinstripebowl.com, the official Web site of the New Era
Pinstripe Bowl, where fans can access up-to-the-moment information
regarding the game and sign up to volunteer.
Kickoff for the New Era Pinstripe Bowl is scheduled for 3:15 p.m. ET on
Saturday, December 29. The game will be nationally televised by ESPN,
which has also secured national and local radio rights for ESPN Radio.
There is a four-year agreement, extending through 2013, for the Big East
and Big 12 to participate in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee
The New Era Pinstripe Bowl week of festivities will begin on Wednesday,
December 26 with players, coaches and university staff taking part in a
variety of events in the days leading up to the game, showcasing their
respective universities to the New York metropolitan area. Special
events, promotions and community outreach will take place throughout New
York City during the week of the bowl game to once again create an
unforgettable experience for fans, families, players and staffs of the
In conjunction with the New Era Pinstripe Bowl, Yankee Stadium will
host the 2012 PSAL Football Championship Game on Tuesday, December 4 at
5:00 p.m., pitting Erasmus Hall (Brooklyn) vs. Tottenville (Staten
Island) for the city championship. This will mark the third consecutive
year that the league?s title game will be held in Yankee Stadium. In
addition, the 2012 MVP Scholar Athletes from each of the five boroughs
of New York City will be recognized on field during the New Era
In addition to the annual New Era Pinstripe Bowl, the current Yankee
Stadium has played host to the two other college football games. In
2010, Notre Dame and Army reunited their historic rivalry in the Bronx
with a 27-3 Fighting Irish victory, and in 2011, Rutgers defeated Army,
27-12, as the two teams met at the home of the Yankees for the first
time since 1948. Last month, it was announced that Yankee Stadium would
be the host for the 150th meeting between Lafayette College and Lehigh
University on November 22, 2014. Additionally in 2014, Army will host
Boston College at Yankee Stadium.
Prior to the inception of the New Era Pinstripe Bowl in 2010, the last
college football bowl game had been played in the Bronx in 1962 when
Nebraska edged Miami (Fla.), 36-34, in the Gotham Bowl at the original
The original Yankee Stadium played host to a number of college football
games from the year it opened in 1923, including New York University and
Fordham home games and the two schools? annual matchup. From 1925-46,
and again in 1969, the annual Notre Dame-Army football game took place
at Yankee Stadium, including the memorable ?win one for the Gipper?
matchup in 1928, and the 1946 contest which ended in a scoreless tie and
featured four Heisman Trophy winners (Doc Blanchard, Glenn Davis, Johnny
Lujack and Leon Hart). From 1968-73 and ?76-87, Grambling played a
series of home games at Yankee Stadium, known as the Whitney M. Young