NEW YORK NY - DECEMBER 30: A general view of play between the Kansas State Wildcats and the Syracuse Orange during the New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium on December 30 2010 in New York New York. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

Kansas State Falls 36-34 To Syracuse After Celebration Penalty Ends Pinstripe Bowl Comeback

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VIDEO: Syracuse Fleaflicker Touchdown Pass Vs. Kansas State In New Era Pinstripe Bowl

The Kansas State Wildcats struck first in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium as RB Daniel Thomas took K-State's second offensive play 51 yards for a touchdown giving KSU an early 7-0 lead. It wasn't long before Syracuse responded as Ryan Nassib helped with a great flea-flicker that resulted in a 52-yard touchdown pass.

So the first two scores in this game came from 51 yards out and 52 yards out. Incredible.

Carson Coffman is 4-of-7 for 37 yards, no touchdowns and no picks and Daniel Thomas has seven rushes for 67 yards in all. Nassib has completed 3-of-6 passes for 63 yards while Delone Carter has eight rushes for 49 yards.

It's 7-7 in the first half.


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New Era Pinstripe Bowl: Daniel Thomas Gives Kansas State Quick 7-0 Lead

The Kansas State Wildcats got off to a heck of a start against the Syracuse Orange in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium. RB Daniel Thomas took the Wildcats second offensive play and went 51 yards to the house to give Kansas State a 7-0 lead.

it was the longest touchdown run of his career at K-State. He had another run (52 yards) that was longer but wasn't a touchdown.

The drive stats: 2 plays, 60 yards, 0:28. Not a bad start, K-State. Carson Coffman has completed one pass to Adrian Hilburn for nine yards, which is the only other offensive play for Kansas State.

Syracuse went three and out on their first drive as they trail Kansas State 7-0.

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New Era Pinstripe Bowl: Kansas State Vs. Syracuse

The Kansas State Wildcats will meet the Syracuse Orange in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl in New York City's Yankee Stadium on Thursday afternoon (kickoff at 2:22 p.m. central). Here's what people are saying about the game;

New Era Pinstripe Bowl features storied matchup
The two universities first met at the Fiesta Bowl in 1997, when Kansas State proceeded to a comfortable, 35-18 victory. They then combated again at the Insight.com bowl in 2001, where Syracuse returned the favor, 26-3. Yankee Stadium would seem the perfect place for Syracuse-Kansas State III, an Ali-Frazier-like rubber match pitting two evenly matched squads, bent on coming away triumphant.

Pinstripe Bowl, Syracuse Vs. Kansas State: Yankee Stadium Goes Bowling - SBNation.com
Snyder led the Cats to 11 straight bowls and four straight 11-win seasons before a couple of down years led to Ron Prince's illustrious campaign. After Prince had righted the program with a pair of near-winning seasons, it took Snyder just two years in his second tenure to reach the Pinstripe. And here we are, Snyder's first bowl since the 2003 Fiesta.

2010 pinstripe bowl preview - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
WHY WATCH: For all the action in baseball stadiums this year, the Big 12 hasn't been affected by it yet. The allure and novelty of playing at new Yankee Stadium is a bit new for us folks in Flyover Country, and hosting a bowl is new for the folks at Yankee Stadium, who haven't done so since the 1962 Gotham Bowl.

New Era Pinstripe Bowl, Gameday Stream: Syracuse, Kansas State Meet At A Field Of Dreams - SB Nation New York
By now, you've probably listened to all the sarcastic talking heads, who say how great of a "reward" it must be to be playing in a cold-weather city that just had over two feet of snow dumped on it during the week-long Pinstripe Bowl festivities; and made it such a hassle for the participants to travel -- Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell has something to say to those critics. Non-baseball fans will ask, "why the heck are you playing a football game in a billion-dollar baseball stadium?"

At Kansas State, every bowl game is precious - KansasCity.com
"If you’re a team like we were when we started out," Snyder said, "and you can go … to a bowl game, where that can stair-step you, and the value of what that means to your program, … tells me that if they had 100 bowls, it would probably be of value to an awful lot of football teams."

Pinstripe Bowl has bright lights, big city
"I'm from a small town and a lot of other guys on the team are, as well," said Coffman, a senior, whose team will play Syracuse in the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium Thursday. Aside from trips to Big 12 games, he added, "Most of the kids haven't been out of the state of Kansas before. The lights, the big buildings, it's all pretty impressive to us."

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Yankees' Hal Streinbrennber Comments On Pinstripe Bowl, Kansas State And Syracuse

The New Era Pinstripe Bowl will feature the Kansas State Wildcats against the Syracuse Orange. The game will take place on Dec. 30 at Yankee Stadium in New York City, the Wildcats third visit to New York. The game is unique because of it's location -- Yankee Stadium -- and the Yankees' Hal Streinbrenner ssays he's looking forward to it, due in part to the love his father had for college football.

"We are excited to have the Kansas State Wildcats representing the Big 12 Conference in the inaugural New Era Pinstripe Bowl," said New York Yankees Managing General Partner Hal Steinbrenner. "Throughout his life, my father was a huge fan and supporter of college football, and we are proud to continue the storied tradition of the sport in Yankee Stadium. December 30 will be an unforgettable day for players and fans of Kansas State and Syracuse."

Since the game is at Yankee Stadium, and in New York, I imagine we'll see some elevated media coverage of the game. I consider this a win for the K-State program.

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Kansas State AD On Pinstripe Bowl: 'We Look Forward To Turning The Big Apple Purple'

The Kansas State Wildcats will head to New York for just the third time in their existence and for the first time in a bowl game to face the Syracuse Orange in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl. Kansas State athletic director John Currie called the opportunity a "once-in-a-lifetime" chance.

"We couldn't be more excited to showcase our football program, Kansas State University and our national alumni and fan base in the inaugural New Era Pinstripe Bowl, and I am pleased to accept the invitation on behalf of President Kirk Schulz, Coach Bill Snyder and our entire institution," said Currie. "The chance for our student-athletes, band members, cheerleaders and fans to experience New York City and compete in one of the most famous venues in all of sports is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. We look forward to turning the Big Apple purple."

7-5 Kansas State vs. 7-5 Syracuse. This should be a fun game for Kansas State. It all goes down on Dec. 30 at Yankee Stadium in the first New Era Pinstripe Bowl.

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