Syracuse Wins Pinstripe Bowl With Rushing & Defense, Just Like We All Said They Would (CoughCough)...

Jeff Zelevansky

The Syracuse Orange won their second Pinstripe Bowl by thoroughly beating up the West Virginia Mountaineers with an overpowering running attack and oppressive defensive blitz.

Good thing there are college football experts in the world because all of them predicted the 2012 Pinstripe Bowl would be a one-sided blowout predicated on the winner's rushing attack and defense.

The Syracuse Orange won their second Pinstripe Bowl by thoroughly beating up the West Virginia Mountaineers with an overpowering running attack and oppressive defensive blitz.

In a game that was supposed to be all about quarterbacks Ryan Nassib and Geno Smith, the two names that most will remember are actually Prince-Tyson Gulley and Jerome Smith, who combined for 373 yards and three TDs (mostly PTG but don't sell Jerome short).

Nassib was a ho-hum 12-of-24 for 127 yards with 2 TDs and an INT on a day when ho-hum was just fine.

As for Smith, about the only thing you'll probably remember about him is that he was safetied twice by the Syracuse defense. Geno came into the game looking for payback against a defense that owned him the last two times they played. Make it a hatrick.

For Syracuse, talk about a best-case scenario. They win convincingly in Yankee Stadium over a former rival on national television. They win their third-straight over the 'Eers. They win their second bowl game in three years. They win eight games in a season for the second time in three seasons. They finish the season on a four-game winning streak. And they do it all by excelling at the two things they supposedly didn't excel at.

Plenty more to talk about but for now leave your post-game comments below. G'ORANGE!

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