WVU bulldozed, 38-14, by old rival Syracuse in Pinstripe Bowl
West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith passes in the snow against Syracuse during the second quarter of the Pinstripe Bowl.
Syracuse linebackers Siriki Diabate (18) and Cameron Lynch (38) and defensive end Brandon Sharpe (91) bring down West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith for a safety.
Syracuse wide receiver Jarrod West (88) and tight end Beckett Wales (85) begin to celebrate as running back Prince-Tyson Gulley (23) runs for a second-quarter touchdown against West Virginia.
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NEW YORK -- West Virginia's season finale could not have gone much worse Saturday at snow-covered Yankee Stadium, as the team got bulldozed 38-14 by old rival Syracuse in the Pinstripe Bowl.
It was that kind of year for the Mountaineers, who finish 7-6.
The Orange rushed for 378 yards, over the snow-covered baseball-diamond-turned-football-field to run away with the game. That was a season-high surrendered by the West Virginia defense.
Syracuse got three touchdowns from Prince-Tyson Gulley -- a pair of rushing scores and a 10-yard reception tipped by a linebacker -- to take command by the end of the third quarter.
Quarterback Ryan Nassib completed 12-of-24 passes with one interception for 127 yards and two scores, as West Virginia's Geno Smith had an unspectacular day.
Smith was sacked in the end zone for a safety in the second quarter, then gave up another in the third quarter for an intentional grounding in the end zone.
He completed just 16-of-24 passes for 187 yards and two scores, and fumbled to turn over the ball following a big turnover by his defense.
The entire offense was wildly unspectacular, failing to convert even one time on third down in nine attempts, while also going 0-for-2 on fourth down.
West Virginia's Stedman Bailey managed to make a few big plays, scoring twice -- on a 32-yard reception in the second quarter and on a 29-yard reception in the third quarter -- to cut the Orange lead to 26-14.
But penalties added up, 102 yards by the fourth quarter, and Syracuse closed out the game.
First Published December 29, 2012 6:59 pm