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West Virginia Falls in New Era Pinstripe Bowl
December 29, 2012
  1 2 3 4 FINAL
0 7 7 0 14
9 3 23 3 38
 Quick Stats WVU SYR
First Downs 15 27
Passing Yards 187 136
Rushing Yards 100 376
Penalties-Yards 10-104 6-65
3rd Down Conversions 0-10 9-18
4th Down Conversions 0-2 2-4
Punts-Avg 5-30.6 3-25.7
Turnovers 1 2
Time of Possession 23:37 35:48
 Statistical Leaders
Passing C-Att Yds TD Int
 Smith (WVU) 16-24 187 2 0
 Nassib (SYR) 12-24 127 2 1
Rushing Car Yds TD Long
 Austin (WVU) 14 58 0 18
 Gulley (SYR) 26 217 2 67
Receiving Rec Yds TD Long
 Bailey (WVU) 8 122 2 59
 Gulley (SYR) 5 50 1 19
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NEW YORK (AP) - The weather made passing at the Pinstripe Bowl perilous, so Syracuse sent Prince-Tyson Gulley and Jerome Smith dashing through West Virginia and the snow.

Gulley ran for a career-best 208 yards and had three touchdowns, Smith added 157 yards, and the Orange bid a blustery farewell to the Big East with a 38-14 victory over West Virginia on Saturday.

Syracuse (8-5) will enter the Atlantic Coast Conference on a roll after finishing this season with six wins in its last seven games, capped by its second postseason victory at Yankee Stadium in the last three years.

In a bowl game played in a baseball stadium with weather better suited for a playoff game in Green Bay, the team that plays in a dome ended up being better equipped to handle the elements.

"The football Gods brought snow," said Smith, who carried a season-high 30 times. "The football Gods from Syracuse brought us some snow and it changed even West Virginia's game. They had to run a little bit more than they were used to. We ran the ball a little bit more than we're used to and did what we were supposed to do."

Syracuse finished with a season-high 369 yards on the ground and beat its former Big East rival from West Virginia, now playing in the Big 12, for a third straight time.

"They just did a better job than us at the line of scrimmage," Mountaineers coach Dana Holgorsen said. "To be in a game like this when you've got to rely on your run defense to help you win and you're not able to do it, it's frustrating."

Geno Smith connected with Stedman Bailey for two touchdown passes for West Virginia (7-6), but the Mountaineers' quarterback also was sacked in the end zone in the first half and called for intentional grounding in the end zone in the third quarter to give Syracuse a second safety.

Smith, who was an early Heisman Trophy front-runner as the Mountaineers got off to a 5-0 start this season, was 16 for 26 for 197 yards in the final game of his record-breaking career. The NFL awaits.

Same goes for Ryan Nassib, though Syracuse didn't ask much of its talented senior quarterback. He threw two touchdown passes and an interception. His most impressive feat on this day was surviving being driven into the cold turf by Terence Garvin on a sack in the first half. Nassib missed only one play.

"It's my last game, man, nothing's going to take me out," he said.

Snow fell just about all game, giving most of the field a white dusting. Fans were bundled and players not in the game tried to do the same. It took a while for those potent offenses - both ranked in the top 25 nationally in yards per game - to heat up, which seemed appropriate considering the conditions.

"Cold. Cold," said Smith, a junior from Delaware. "I never got a chance to play in the snow, but it was good."

His running mate from Akron, Ohio, had just a bit more experience playing in wintry weather.

"In pee-wees I played in some (snow) like this but not in high school," said Gulley, who carried 25 times. "It was fun."

A goal-line stand by West Virginia in the second quarter kept Syracuse out of the end zone, but set up the Orange for a scoring run.

Left at their own 1, the Mountaineers tried to pass out of their end zone, but Smith was smothered by blitzing linebackers Cameron Lynch and Siriki Diabate for a safety to make it 5-0 - a baseball score, of course.

The Orange followed that up with a 33-yard touchdown run by Gulley to make it 12-0 with 6:07 left in the second.

The Mountaineers responded with their first sustained drive and Bailey took a quick pass, darted and broke tackles, and scooted 32 yards to the end zone to make it 12-7.

The Orange extended the lead to 12 to start the second half when they caught a break - and a touchdown pass. Nassib's throw was tipped around the goal line, but floated safely into the waiting arms of intended receiver Beckett Wales for a 10-yard score.

West Virginia appeared to answer with a touchdown of its own. Andrew Buie broke free for a 28-yard TD run on fourth-and-2. Not so fast. A holding call on the Mountaineers wiped out the play and sent Holgorsen on to the field screaming at the officials.

It didn't help. Instead of a touchdown, a punt.

Holgorsen had nothing to say about the call and was more disappointed with how his team responded.

"We did a poor job of continuing to play. A poor job of overcoming some things," he said.

Moments later another close call, this time on a fumble by Smith which was reviewed to determine if it was an incomplete pass, went Syracuse's way, and again the Orange capitalized.

On the next play, Gulley broke through the line, bounced to the outside and went 67 yards for a touchdown to make it 26-7 with 6:52 left in the third.

West Virginia wouldn't let Syracuse pull away. Smith found Bailey deep down the sideline, beating one-on-one coverage for a 29-yard score 1:11 later.

Right back came the Orange, nine plays, 70 yards, with Gulley taking a swing pass from Nassib 10 yards to make it 33-14.

The 60th meeting between these teams, but first in a bowl, ended up being a romp in the snow for Syracuse.

West Virginia Bowl History (Record 14-18)
Dec. 29, 2012 Pinstripe Bowl-Syracuse 38, West Virginia 14/td>
Jan. 4, 2012 Orange Bowl-West Virginia 70, Clemson 33
Dec. 28, 2010 Champs Sports Bowl-N.C. State 23, West Virginia 7
Jan. 1, 2010 Gator Bowl-Florida State 33, West Virginia 21
Dec. 27, 2008 Meineke Bowl-West Virginia 31, North Carolina 30
Jan. 2, 2008 Fiesta Bowl-West Virginia 48, Oklahoma 28
Jan. 1, 2007 Gator Bowl-West Virginia 38, Georgia Tech 35
Jan. 2, 2006 Sugar Bowl-West Virginia 38, Georgia 35
Jan. 1, 2005 Gator Bowl-Florida State 30, West Virginia 18
Jan. 1, 2004 Gator Bowl-Maryland 41, West Virginia 7
Dec. 28, 2002 Continental Tire Bowl-Virginia 48, West Virginia 22
Dec. 28, 2000 Music City Bowl-West Virginia 49, Mississippi 38
Dec. 26, 1998 Bowl-Missouri 34, West Virginia 31
Dec. 29, 1997 Carquest Bowl-Georgia Tech 35, West Virginia 30
Jan. 1, 1997 Gator Bowl-North Carolina 20, West Virginia 13
Jan. 2, 1995 Carquest Bowl-South Carolina 24, West Virginia 21
Jan. 1, 1994 Sugar Bowl-Florida 41, West Virginia 7
Dec. 30, 1989 Gator Bowl-Clemson 27, West Virginia 7
Jan. 2, 1989 Fiesta Bowl-Notre Dame 34, West Virginia 21
Dec. 25, 1987 Sun Bowl-Oklahoma State 35, West Virginia 33
Dec. 31, 1984 Bluebonnet Bowl-West Virginia 31, Texas Christian 14
Dec. 22, 1983 Hall of Fame Bowl-West Virginia 20, Kentucky 16
Dec. 30, 1982 Gator Bowl-Florida State 31, West Virginia 12
Dec. 31, 1981 Peach Bowl-West Virginia 26, Florida 6
Dec. 31, 1975 Peach Bowl-West Virginia 13, N.C. State 10
Dec. 29, 1972 Peach Bowl-N.C. State 49, West Virginia 13
Dec. 30, 1969 Peach Bowl-West Virginia 14, South Carolina 3
Dec. 19, 1964 Liberty Bowl-Utah 32, West Virginia 6
Jan. 1, 1954 Sugar Bowl-Georgia Tech 42, West Virginia 19
Jan. 1, 1949 Sun Bowl-West Virginia 21, Texas Western 12
Jan. 1, 1938 Sun Bowl-West Virginia 7, Texas Tech 6
Dec. 25, 1922 San Diego East-West Bowl-West Virginia 21, Gonzaga 13
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