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 30, 2012 12:00 AM