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Pinstripe Bowl capsule

West Virginia (7-5) vs. Syracuse (7-5), 3:15 p.m. EST (ESPN) At Yankee Stadium, New York
  • Line: West Virginia 31/2
  • Series Record: Syracuse 32-27
  • WHAT'S AT STAKEThe Mountaineers are trying to wrap up a season that started great (5-0), went sour (five-game losing streak), then ended on the upswing (two straight victories) with their first bowl victory as a member of the Big 12. It will come, oddly, against a member of their old conference. At least for now. The Orange began their last season in the Big East 1-3 before closing strong and sharing the conference title. It's off to the Atlantic Coast Conference for Syracuse next year.KEY MATCHUPQB Geno Smith and WRs Stedman Bailey and Tavon Austin and against Syracuse's pass defense and veteran secondary. The Orange rank 63rd in the nation in sacks and 65th in yards passing allowed. Not terrible, but this will be as tough a test as All-Big East S Shamarko Thomas and the Orange defensive backs have faced this season. Snow is expected in the New York area on Saturday, so maybe that will slow down the prolific Mountaineers. On the other side of the ball, West Virginia's defense ranks 123rd in the nation against the pass so clearly it could use any help it can get.PLAYERS TO WATCHWest Virginia: Austin is one of the most dynamic and versatile players in the country. An All-American all-purpose player, Austin does most of his damage as a receiver. He had 1,259 yards through the air, 598 rushing and a little more than 900 on returns.Syracuse: QB Ryan Nassib. Like his West Virginia counterpart, Smith, Nassib is NFL-quality. The senior passed for 3,619 yards and 24 touchdowns.FACTS & FIGURESSyracuse is making its second trip to the Pinstripe Bowl. The Orange won the first one two seasons ago, beating Kansas State 36-34. ... Syracuse will be without two suspended players for the full game, and another for at least part of it. RB Adonis Ameen-Moore and TE Max Beaulieu were suspended earlier this week for violating team rules. Ameen-Moore played in six games for the Orange, rushing 30 times for 108 yards and five touchdowns. Beaulieu played in one game. Last week, coach Doug Marrone announced starting linebacker Marquis Spruill would miss a significant portion of the Pinstripe Bowl after the senior was arrested and charged with a misdemeanor for getting into a scuffle with Syracuse police. ... West Virginia will be without C Joe Madsen, suspended for academic reasons ... Six times this season the loser of a West Virginia game has scored at least 34 points.Pinstripe Bowl MatchupSYRACUSE (7-5)
    41 Northwestern 4229 Southern Cal 4228 Stony Brook 1710 at Minnesota 1714 Pittsburgh 1315 at Rutgers 23
    40 UConn 1037 at South Florida 3624 at Cincinnati 3545 Louisville 2631 at Missouri 2738 at Temple 20WEST VIRGINIA (7-5)69 Marshall 3442 James Madison 1231 Maryland 2170 Baylor 6348 at Texas 45 14 at Texas Tech 4914 Kansas St. 5538 TCU, 2OT 3934 at Oklahoma St. 5549 Oklahoma 5031 at Iowa St. 2459 Kansas 10Rushing offense Car Yds Yds/gSyracuse 490 2062 171.8West Virginia 431 2131 177.6Passing offense Att Cp Yds Yds/gSyracuse 449 283 3619 301.6West Virginia 509 359 4091 340.9 Total offense
     Plays Yds Yds/g Syracuse 939 5681 473.4West Virginia 940 6222 518.5 Rushing defense Car Yds Yds/gSyracuse 436 1778 148.2West Virginia 483 1710 142.5 Passing defense Att Cp Yds Tds Rating Syracuse 369 233 2843 21 141.76West Virginia 410 265 3925 36 169.63 Total defense Plays Yds Yds/g Syracuse 805 4621 385.0West Virginia 893 5635 469.5 Net punting   No. Yds Net Punts Avg Ret Ret AvgSyracuse 53 39.1 17 204 35.2West Virginia 40 38.7 19 143 35.1 Punt returns No Yds AvgSyracuse 29 119 4.1West Virginia 15 165 11.0 Kickoff returns No Yds AvgSyracuse 35 666 19.0West Virginia 50 1025 20.5Turnover margin                        Gained            Lost Fum Int Tot Fum Int Tot Mar/gSyracuse 10 9 19 11 9 20 -.08West Virginia 9 9 18 5 7 12 .50 Scoring offense G Pts AvgSyracuse 12 352 29.3West Virginia 12 499 41.6 Scoring Defense G Pts AvgSyracuse 12 308 25.7West Virginia 12 457 38.1 
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