Pinstripe Bowl Game Preview History
2011 New Era Pinstripe Bowl Game Preview:
One of two bowl games happening at a Major League Baseball field (the other is the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl in San Francisco’s AT&T Park), the New Yankee Stadium is ready to welcome Rutgers and Iowa State fans to the Bronx. What we’ll wait to see is if Iowa State has an answer for the Knights’ phenomenal wide-out Mohamed Sanu who broke Big East records with 109 receptions on the year. The Cyclones do have experience holding great wide-outs in check, however, being that their marquee win this year was against All-World wide receiver Justin Blackmon and the Oklahoma State Cowboys. It will be a phenomenal battle won through the air in the Bronx this year, so make sure to get your tickets early!
2010 Pinstripe Bowl Preview:
Bowl fever is about to hit New York City for the first time in over half a century. The new Yankee Stadium will host the inaugural Pinstripe Bowl, which pits the Big East's Syracuse Orange and the Big 12's Kansas State Wildcats. This is actually the third time in 13 years that the two teams have met in a bowl. Their last meeting was a 2001 win for Syracuse?the last time they made it to the post-season.
The Orange's turnaround (they hadn't won more than four games since 2004) can be traced to its defense, which ranked 13th nationally in points allowed. Offensively, Syracuse relied heavily on running back Delone Carter, whose 1,035 yards and seven touchdowns helped slow down the game when quarterback Ryan Nassib's game wasn't on (example, Syracuse's win over West Virginia).
Offensively, Kansas State is in the same boat as the Orange, heavily relying on rusher Daniel Thomas. Thomas' 1,495 yards rushing?which was good for ninth in the nation?and 16 scores were what kept the Wildcats in games all season, especially against UCLA and Iowa State. In the Pinstripe Bowl, he will again be the key against an Orange defense focusing on stopping the K-State ground attack.