by Grant Tunkel, PinstripeBowl.com and CFP Staff
December 29, 2012
NEW YORK - Prince-Tyson Gulley scored three touchdowns and totaled 265 yards of offense, and Syracuse stymied West Virginia's potent offense to win the 2012 Pinstripe Bowl, 38-14, at snowy Yankee Stadium. The Orange improved to 2-0 all-time in the game.
Gulley scored on a 33-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, a 67-yard run in the third and a 10-yard screen pass later in the penultimate frame.
Syracuse running back Jerome Smith carried 29 times for 157 yards. Quarterback Ryan Nassib was 12 of 24 for 127 yards and two touchdowns. Gulley was the Orange's leading rusher and receiver.
West Virginia totaled just 287 yards of offense and went 0-for-10 on third-down conversions. Geno Smith threw for 187 yards and two scores, but he was sacked for a safety, called for intentional grounding that led to another safety and fumbled once. The Mountaineers ran for 100 yards in the loss.
Syracuse won in its final game as a member of the Big East. The Orange finished the season with an 8-5 record. West Virginia, playing in its first bowl game as a member of the Big XII, fell to 7-6. The Big East improved to 3-0 in the Pinstripe Bowl.
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).
The Congrove Computer Rankings at CollegeFootballPoll.com projected West Virginia to win by 11.01 points.