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Cuse closes out Big East run with Pinstripe Bowl win

By SU ATHLETICS

NEW YORK - Syracuse won its second New Era Pinstripe Bowl by defeating West Virginia, 38-14, in a snowy game at Yankee Stadium. Prince-Tyson Gulley recorded a career-high 215 yards on 26 carries and notched three touchdowns. SU finished the 2012 season with six wins in its last seven games and an 8-5 record.

The Orange scored 23 of its 38 points in the third quarter, the most points it's scored in a quarter all season.

Syracuse opened up the second half with a 10-play, 80-yard scoring drive in which Ryan Nassib found Beckett Wales in the end zone on a 10-yard touchdown throw. It put the Orange ahead 19-7 at 10:43 in the third quarter.

Brandon Sharpe sacked West Virginia's Geno Smith, forcing a fumble. Dyshawn Davis scooped up the loose ball and set the Orange up on SU's 33-yard line. On the ensuing play, Nassib handed the ball off to Gulley who took off down the sideline, completing a 67-yard touchdown run. His second touchdown run of the night put the Orange up, 26-7, after Ross Krautman completed the kick at 7:05 in the third quarter.

About a minute later, WVU scored a touchdown of its own when Smith connected with Bailey for a 29-yard touchdown pass during a 4-play, 63-yard scoring drive.

Nassib answered WVU's touchdown when Nassib completed a nine-yard touchdown pass to Gulley and the Orange were up, 35-14.

It was time for the Orange defense to put some points on the board again. Smith was called for intentional grounding in the end zone and SU earned a safety for the second time this game and extended its lead to 35-14.

Krautman converted his second field goal of the night from 36 yards out, capping a 10-play, 32-yard drive at 11:47 in the fourth quarter. SU held on to a 38-14 lead to win its second Pinstripe Bowl victory in three years.

Krautman's first field goal came at 5:21 in the first quarter and was from 25-yards out. His kick gave the Orange its first points and the lead, which SU would hold on to for the rest of the night.

A roughing the kicker penalty against SU gave WVU the ball back after the Orange forced the Mountaineers to punt on its first offensive possession. The Mountaineers put together an 11-play, 51-yard drive that set up Tyler Bitancurt for a 36-yard field goal attempt. Jay Bromley blocked Bitancurt's attempt, preserving the 0-0 score and giving SU its first offensive possession of the game.

The last time Syracuse blocked a kick was when Eric Crume batted down a PAT against Louisville this season.

After WVU stopped the SU offense on the goal line, the Orange defense came up big. Lynch and Diabate sacked quarterback Geno Smith in the end zone, resulting in a safety for SU at 7:59 in the second quarter. The Orange now held a, 5-0, advantage.

The last time the Orange scored a safety was against Cincinnati in 2004 when SU blocked a punt.

Following the safety, the Orange regained offensive possession. A 33-yard touchdown run up the middle by Prince-Tyson Gulley capped off a six-play, 65-yard drive. Krautman's kick was good and SU held a 12-0 advantage with 6:07 left in the first half
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The Mountaineers got on the scoreboard with 3:38 left in the second quarter after Smith found Steadman Bailey for a 32-yard touchdown pass. Bitancurt's kick was good and WVU cut SU's lead to five, 12-7.

The Orange defense held the Mountaineers to only seven points in the first half, which tied WVU's season-low first half point total for this season.

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