We’re going to have a lot of baseball to talk about in the next few days, but tonight we’ll wrap up with a football story. Here’s the Yankees announcement that Iowa State and Rutgers will play in the Pinstripe Bowl.
The Rutgers University Scarlet Knights of the Big East Conference and the Iowa State University Cyclones of the Big 12 Conference will play each other in the 2011 New Era Pinstripe Bowl, scheduled for Friday, December 30, 2011 at Yankee Stadium. Each school accepted bids this afternoon. A press conference with New Era Pinstripe Bowl participants and officials will be held on Wednesday, December 7 at 11:00 a.m. at Yankee Stadium. Further details will be provided in the near future.
The 2011 New Era Pinstripe Bowl will mark the first time Rutgers and Iowa State will play each other in college football.
“We are excited to feature a neighboring school in Rutgers against an outstanding Big 12 representative in Iowa State for this year’s New Era Pinstripe Bowl,” said Mark Holtzman, Yankees Executive Director of the New Era Pinstripe Bowl. “This first-ever football matchup between these schools offers each institution’s dedicated fans the opportunity to celebrate the holiday season with a unique bowl experience in New York City and Yankee Stadium.”
In 2010, the Syracuse Orange defeated the Kansas State Wildcats, 36-34, in the inaugural New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium. It marked the first college football bowl game played in the Bronx since Nebraska edged Miami (Fla.), also by a score of 36-34, in the Gotham Bowl on December 15, 1962 at the original Yankee Stadium.
This will be Rutgers’ second appearance at Yankee Stadium this season, after the Scarlet Knights defeated the Army Black Knights, 27-12, on November 12 in their first game in the Bronx since 1948. Rutgers, whose main campus in Piscataway, N.J., is located less than 50 miles away from Yankee Stadium, also played nine times at the original Yankee Stadium – all against New York University – going 1-7-1. This will mark the seventh time that the school has played in a bowl game, having tallied a 4-2 record in their previous six appearances with wins in each of their last four bowl games.
“It is a terrific situation when you can play your bowl game in the greatest city in the world,” said Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano. “Getting an opportunity to play in a bowl game hosted by the New York Yankees is a great reward for our players.”