Pinstripe Bowl Game Preview History
2013 Pinstripe Bowl Preview
The 2013 Pinstripe Bowl will be played on Saturday, December 28 at 12:15 PM between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Rutgers Scarlet Knights. The Fighting Irish make a visit to the Bronx to wrap up a disappointing season. Notre Dame struggled on defense as well as running the ball. Tommy Rees kept the Irish afloat though, throwing for 2,938 yards and 27 touchdowns. TJ Jones hauled in 65 passes and emerged as Rees' favorite target. The defense lost several key starters to season-ending injuries. They will lose another in Louis Nix, who announced he will skip his senior year and enter the NFL draft. Brian Kelly will have his work cut out for him keeping his team motivated.
Rutgers had to win its season finale to become bowl eligible. The Scarlet Knights have questions at the quarterback position. Gary Nova was benched in favor of Chas Dodd. Who gets the start against the Fighting Irish? The run game with Paul James and Justin Goodwin has been a pleasant surprise for Rutgers. Kyle Flood may be coaching for his future at Rutgers as the school prepares to make its move to the Big 10 next year.
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.