West Virginia tabbed for Pinstripe Bowl vs. Syracuse
College Football Videos
There won't be a revival of the Backyard Brawl, but West Virginia is still going to the New Era Pinstripe Bowl.
The Mountaineers, who won their final two games of the regular season, will face Syracuse on Dec. 29 at Yankee Stadium.
It marks the 11th consecutive season the Mountaineers (7-5, 4-5 in the Big 12) have received a postseason bid.
“We finished the season strong with two straight wins, and I am glad our players get the reward of playing in a bowl game,” WVU coach Dana Holgorsen said. “Playing in New York City will provide a national stage, and Yankee Stadium will be a great venue for our seniors to finish their careers.”
The New Era Pinstripe Bowl will be televised at 3:15 p.m. on ESPN.
Speculation centered around a revival of the Backward Brawl between WVU and Pitt at the New Era Pinstripe Bowl, but bowl officials opted for Syracuse, which shared first place in the Big East with Louisville, Rutgers and Cincinnati.
Pitt will face Mississippi in the BBVA Compass Bowl on Jan. 5 in Birmingham, Ala.
The New Era Pinstripe Bowl has a $1.8 million payout and features the fourth choice from the Big East vs. the seventh team from the Big 12.
Pitt finished fifth in its final season in the Big East.
Syracuse (7-5, 5-2) is returning to the New Era Pinstripe Bowl for the second time in three years. The Orange defeated Kansas State in the inaugural Pinstripe Bowl, 36-34, in 2010.
Last year, WVU was the Big East champion in its final year in the league. The Mountaineers won the BCS bid and demolished Clemson, 70-33, in the Orange Bowl.
The New Era Pinstripe Bowl marks the final college games at WVU for quarterback Geno Smith and receiver Tavon Austin.
Smith, who could be the first quarterback selected in the 2013 NFL Draft, is WVU's career leader in passing yards, touchdown passes, completions, attempts, passing efficiency and total offense. He leads the nation with 40 touchdown passes.
Austin is WVU's career leader in receptions, receiving yards and all-purpose yards.
John Harris is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Century-old rivalry ending this season with Kittanning, Ford City meeting one last time
- Led by record-setting QB, South Fayette offense among WPIAL’s all-time best
- New Kensington slaying victims identified
- New faces, new coach at Gateway set to meet new challenges
- Pirates’ Axford overcame long odds to reach majors
- Starkey: Stupid Steelers
- Class AAAA breakdown: Trio of contenders could challenge perennial powers Woodland Hills, Central Catholic
- Kiss’ makeup has changed, but their impact remains strong
- Plum may move bus garage to former trucking site
- Class AAA breakdown: With perennial contender Gateway joining Greater Allegheny, trend of championship Parkway teams could be challenged
- State Superior Court upholds conviction, sentence of former Justice Melvin