2012 Pinstripe Bowl
|2012 New Era Pinstripe Bowl|
|Date||December 29, 2012|
|Location||Bronx, New York|
|United States TV coverage|
|Announcers||Chris Fowler (Play-by-Play)
Jesse Palmer (Analyst)
Tom Rinaldi (Sidelines)
The 2012 New Era Pinstripe Bowl was a post-season American college football bowl game held on December 29, 2012 at Yankee Stadium in the New York City borough of The Bronx in the United States. The third edition of the Pinstripe Bowl began at 3:15 p.m. EST and aired on ESPN. It featured the Big East Conference co-champion Syracuse Orange against the West Virginia Mountaineers from the Big 12 Conference and was the final game of the 2012 NCAA Division I FBS football season for both teams. Both the Orange and the Mountaineers advanced to the game after accomplishing 7–5 records in the regular season.
The Orange and the Mountaineers had a notable continuous rivalry from 1955 until 2011. This included the years in the Big East Conference, which was established in 1979. The winner of the game was awarded the Ben Schwartzwalder Trophy from its establishment in 1993. That trophy was not on the line in the Pinstripe Bowl.
This was the sixtieth meeting between these two teams. Syracuse leads the all-time record 33-27. The last time they played was in 2011.
This was the Orange's second Pinstripe Bowl; in the inaugural 2010 game they had defeated the Kansas State Wildcats by a score of 36–34 after a controversial excessive celebration call led to the Wildcats missing what would have been the game-tying two-point conversion. It was also the Orange's final game as a member of the Big East before they joined the Atlantic Coast Conference in 2013.
The Mountaineers' first season as a member of the Big 12 started out smoothly, cruising to a 5–0 start and a #4 ranking. However, the Mountaineers would later receive a serious reality check in the form of a five-game losing streak. However, after winning their final two games of the season over the Iowa State Cyclones and Kansas Jayhawks, the Mountaineers would rebound to a 4–5 conference record.
This was the Mountaineers' first appearance in the Pinstripe Bowl.
Referee: Jay Strickerz (Pac-12 Conference)
|Total offense, plays - yards||-287||-512|
|Passing yards (net)||187||136|
|Time of Possession||23:37||35:48|
- Syracuse converted the first safety in Pinstripe Bowl history.
- Syracuse and West Virginia had previously met annually since 1955 when West Virginia was a member of the Big East. The two teams played for the Ben Schwartzwalder Trophy. The victory gave Syracuse an all-time series lead of 33-27.
- Game was played in heavy snowfall.
- Bowl Schedule, Los Angeles Times, December 4, 2012
- "Syracuse Accepts Bid to New Era Pinstripe Bowl". Pinstripe Bowl. December 2, 2012. Retrieved December 2, 2012.
- "West Virginia Accepts Bid to New Era Pinstripe Bowl". Pinstripe Bowl. December 2, 2012. Retrieved December 2, 2012.