12/02/12 9:10 PM ET
Syracuse, West Virginia to clash in Pinstripe Bowl
By Andrew Simon / Special to MLB.com
Syracuse announced on Sunday that it has accepted a bid to meet West Virginia in the 2012 New Era Pinstripe Bowl, which will be held at 3:15 p.m. ET on Dec. 29 and televised on ESPN.
Syracuse finished the season 7-5, including 5-2 in Big East Conference play, and won five of its last six games. The Orange also participated in the Pinstripe Bowl's inaugural game in 2010, when it notched a 36-34 victory over Kansas State.
West Virginia went 7-5 this season under second-year head coach Dana Holgorsen, in the school's first season in the Big 12. The Mountaineers are marking their 11th straight bowl appearance.
In last year's contest, Rutgers defeated Iowa State, 27-13.
The game will be a homecoming of sorts for Syracuse head coach Doug Marrone, who graduated from Herbert H. Lehman High School in the Bronx and was an offensive line coach for the New York Jets from 2002-05. Marrone's grandfather, Robert Thompson, spent more than 20 years working as an usher at the original Yankee Stadium.
"We are thrilled to be invited to the New Era Pinstripe Bowl for the second time in three years," Marrone said in a statement. "It means a great deal to us to play a bowl game in Yankee Stadium where many of our alumni and fans will have the opportunity to share it with us. New York State is the foundation of our program.
"I am proud of this team for the way it fought through early-season adversity to win five of the last six games and win a share of the Big East championship. It is great for our team, and particularly our seniors, to have the chance to play one more game. This senior class has given so much to our program on and off the field and will be great ambassadors for our program and the university."
Syracuse will be playing at the home of the Yankees for the eighth time in its history. The Orange defeated Pittsburgh in the first college football game at the original Yankee Stadium, on Oct. 20, 1923, then played there five more times through 1964.
For the Mountaineers, this will mark their fifth college football game at the home of the New York Yankees. West Virginia played the second college football game in the original Yankee Stadium on Oct. 27, 1923, earning a 13-13 tie with Penn State. WVU's last contest at the House that Ruth Built came on Oct. 18, 1947, a 40-0 win over NYU.
Andrew Simon is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.