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It's a question West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen didn't particularly want to answer after his team's 38-14 loss to Syracuse in Saturday's Pinstripe Bowl.
But as the curtain closed, amid a raging snowstorm, on a fruitless 7-6 season that no one could've foreseen, it's one that begged to be asked.
What the heck happened to the Mountaineers?
See, it wasn't really that long ago, Oct. 6 to be exact, that West Virginia left Austin, Texas, 5-0 following a 48-45 win over the then-No. 11 Longhorns. And when the Mountaineers strolled into Lubbock the following week to play Texas Tech, they were the darlings of college football and the No. 5 team in the country, with some giving them a shot at a BCS title run with enough help from teams at the top.
Led by an offense that hadn't been stopped and a quarterback who couldn't even really be slowed down -- senior Geno Smith had thrown for 1,996 yards, 24 touchdowns and no interceptions with an 81-percent com...
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Tempers flared in the snow between the Big 12 West Virginia Mountaineers and the Big East Syracuse Orange. This field in complete snow with all the players wrapped up in gear to keep them kind of warm. Patches of snow are left on the ground and player’s breathes can be seen even on your home television. Would that stop these teams from a pre-game brawl? Absolutely not. The New...
Geno Smith played in his final game as the starting quarterback for the West Virginia Mountaineers in the 2012 Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium before he prepares for the 2013 NFL Draft. Suffice to say, things did not go how Smith would have scripted his final college football game of his great career.
It was one thing for the high powered offense of the Mountaineers to get stifled...
West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen wanted to use Syracuse's recent success against the Mountaineers as the fuel for the Pinstripe Bowl. Maybe that message got lost in West Virginia's move to the Big 12 this season.
Syracuse ended West Virginia's first full season removed from the Big East with a 38-14 beat down in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl in home of baseball'...
For some, not every bowl game is worth watching. But we all saw what West Virginia did to Clemson in last year's Orange Bowl, a 70-33 blowout win for the Mountaineers. This season, WVU started 5-0 behind ridiculous play from QB Geno Smith. However, due to their horrendous defense, ranked 116th in points allowed, West Virginia slid to just 7-5 before qualifying for the Pinstripe...
Passing through the snow proved problematic for Geno Smith and West Virginia at the Pinstripe Bowl. Stopping Syracuse was an even bigger issue for the Mountaineers.
West Virginia finished off an up-and-down first season in the Big 12 by losing 38-14 to an old Big East rival on Saturday at Yankee Stadium.
It was a disappointing end to a season that started with such promise. West...
It’s well documented West Virginia and Syracuse are long time foes. But when they line up against one another in the Pinstripe Bowl, Geno Smith won’t have to deal with one very familiar face. He should be thrilled about that. Last year’s incredible Syracuse demolition of WVU at the Carrier Dome helped vault Chandler Jones into the first round. So how different will it be for...
New Era Pinstripe Bowl
West Virginia Mountaineers 7-5 vs Syracuse Orange 7-5
The Pinstripe Bowl will be a snowy one, which with these two offenses should make for a pretty exciting game.
West Virginia Mountaineers
Overall record: 7 – 5
Conference record: 4 – 5
Finished 8th in the Big 12.
West Virginia started the season with 5 straight impressive wins behind early Heisman favorite...
Who: Syracuse Orange (7-5) vs West Virginia Mountaineers (7-5)
Where: The Bronx
When: Saturday, December 29th, 3:15 PM EST
Line: WVU by 3.5
Despite the fact that two 7-5 teams are playing each other, this game is very intriguing. You have a West Virginia squad that spurned the Big East in favor of the Big 12 playing against a Syracuse team that is a...
The West Virginia Mountaineers and Syracuse Orange will play against each other on Saturday in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl. The game will air on ESPN at 3:15 pm EST.
West Virginia and Syracuse finished the season with identical 7-5 records.
What is the point spread in the West Virginia and Syracuse game? West Virginia is a 3.5 point favorite (a tick more at some places) against Syracuse...
West Virginia vs. Syracuse
Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY
Saturday, December 29th, 3:15 PM on ESPN
The Pinstripe Bowl is tied with the Heart of Dallas Bowl as the youngest of the postseason games, beginning just two years ago when the new Yankee Stadium opened. With the Big East and Big 12 tie-ins the game had an opportunity to take West Virginia and Pittsburgh and stay the...
Pinstripe Bowl: West Virginia (7-5) vs. Syracuse (7-5)
Syracuse QB Ryan Nassib
For a game featuring two 7-5 teams, this year’s Pinstripe Bowl will feature several solid prospects. West Virginia has one of the best and most explosive passing attacks in the nation, and is led by QB Geno Smith and WR’s Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey. Smith (6’3, 220 lbs.; 4,001 passing yards...
Rich Barnes, USA Today
Three strikes and you’re out, West Virginia. That was the Orange motto this past week leading up to the 38-14 beat down of the Mountaineers in the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium. Three straight years, and three straight wins over SU’s former conference rival. A fitting ending to SU’s time in the Big East.
Syracuse had a much better gameplan for...