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 Virginia was 5-0 and ranked fifth in the country at one point.
''We'll evaluate everything and see where we're at,'' coach Dana Holgorsen said. ''It's a new position. The Big 12 is new to us. We're going to learn a lot more about happened in the Big 12 this year. Moving on from here it's a little bit more about that than playing in a specific bowl game against Syracuse.''
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 t...