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              === Syracuse headed back to Pinstripe Bowl ===
 
 Bronx, NY (Sports Network) - Syracuse will make its second appearance in three
 years  in the Pinstripe  Bowl after accepting an invitation to play in the New
 York City-based game.
 
 The  contest  will take place  on Dec.  29 at Yankee  Stadium and will pit the
 Orange against West Virginia.
 
 Syracuse  participated  in the  inaugural Pinstripe Bowl,  held in December of
 2010,  and recorded  a 36-34 victory over  Kansas State in a contest that drew
 over 38,000 fans.
 
 "We  are thrilled  to be invited to  the New Era Pinstripe Bowl for the second
 time  in  three years," said  Syracuse head coach  Doug Marrone, a graduate of
 Herbert  H. Lehman  High School in the Bronx.  "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."
 
 This  year's Orange squad closed out its regular season by winning five of its
 final  six games to  post a 7-5 overall record, and finished in a four-way tie
 atop the Big East at 5-2.
 
 "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,"  said Marrone.  "It is great for our team, and particularly our
 seniors, to have the chance to play one more game."
 
 The Mountaineers went 7-5 in their first season in the Big 12.
 
 The  Pinstripe Bowl has matched a Big East team against a Big 12 member in all
 three  years  of its  existence. Rutgers  defeated Iowa  State, 27-13, in last
 year's clash.
 
 
 12/02 21:13:52 ET