We salute you, Syracuse Orange.
In the inaugural New Era Pinstripe Bowl at the new Yankee Stadium, the Syracuse Orange knocked off Kansas State, 36-34.
It was a game of big plays for both teams. Syracuse wide receiver Marcus Sales caught touchdown passes of 36, 44, and 52-yards. Running back Delone Carter carried the ball for 198 yards, including a 60-yard run late in the fourth quarter after the Orange defense stopped the Wildcats on a fake field goal.
The Wildcats connected on a number of big plays, too. Running back Daniel Thomas took the ball 51 yards to start the scoring, while a number of big pass plays set up more scores.
But what might have been the biggest play turned into a big penalty. Kansas State scored a touchdown with 1:13 left in the game and needed a two-point conversion to tie it up. Wide receiver Adrian Hilburn was then called for unsportsman-like conduct after saluting the crowd. The Wildcats had to attempt the try from the 18-yard line and were unable to score.
We'll have complete highlights tonight at 11 on NBC 3, CBS 5, and on the CW 6 at 10.
Here's the game recap from the Associated Press:
Delone Carter ran for 198 yards and two touchdowns, Marcus Sales caught three long TD passes and Syracuse got some help from a celebration penalty on Kansas State to beat the Wildcats 36-34 in the first Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium.
Adrian Hilburn slipped a tackle and raced to a 30-yard touchdown catch with 1:13 remaining to pull Kansas State within two. Hilburn saluted the crowd behind the visitor's dugout and was flagged 15 yards for unsportsmanlike conduct, which pushed the 2-point conversion attempt back to the 17-yard line.
Carson Coffman overthrew Aubrey Quarles in the end zone, and when Kansas State (7-6) couldn't come up with the onside kick, Syracuse (8-5) only had to take a knee to win a bowl game for the first time since 2001.
Daniel Thomas ran for three touchdowns for Kansas State, which was making its first bowl appearance since 2006.
In a bowl season filled with blowouts so far, the first bowl game in New York in 48 years turned out to be a home run.
The teams traded big plays right from the start - Thomas went 51 yards for a score on the second play from scrimmage - and scored touchdowns on the first five second-half possessions.
Kansas State coach Bill Snyder, sensing field goals would not be enough, called for a fake with about five minutes left in the fourth from the 10, but Syracuse stacked up Ryan Doerr on the run.
Carter, who scored two second-half touchdowns, broke free for a 60-yard run on the next play. It set up Ross Krautman's 40-yard field goal with 3:08 left that made it 36-28.
Too much time.
Coffman, who played brilliantly in his last college game, led the Wildcats into Syracuse territory and connected with Hilburn near the sideline about 10 yards down field. After winning a footrace to the end zone, he dropped the ball, did a quick salute and turned to celebrate with his teammates.
The flags came flying and the 2-point attempt turned into a desperation play.
Coffman finished 17 for 23 for 228 yards and two touchdowns. Thomas was held to 90 yards on 22 carries by a defense that was geared to stopping him.
Ryan Nassib passed for 239 yards and hooked up with Sales on touchdowns of 52, 36 and 44 yards.