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The 2010 New Era Pinstripe Bowl was the first edition of this college football bowl game, and was played at Yankee Stadium in Bronx, New York. The game started at 3:20 p.m. ET on December 30, 2010, and was telecast on ESPN. The game featured the Syracuse Orange of the Big East Conference and the Kansas State Wildcats of the Big 12 Conference. New Era Cap Company was the title sponsor of the game.[2] It ended with Syracuse defeating Kansas State, 36-34.

2010 New Era Pinstripe Bowl
Inaugural Pinstripe Bowl
Pinstripe logo.png
1234 Total
Kansas State 77713 34
Syracuse 77139 36
DateDecember 30, 2010
StadiumYankee Stadium
LocationBronx, New York
FavoriteEven [1]
PayoutUS$2,000,000 per team
United States TV coverage
AnnouncersBob Wischusen and Brian Griese
Nielsen ratings2.26
Pinstripe Bowl

The game was played four days after one of the worst blizzards in New York City history, affecting travel for the teams and their fans.


The Bronx SaluteEdit

The callEdit

With 1:13 left in the game, Kansas State's Adrian Hilburn scored a 30-yard touchdown to pull KSU within two points of a tie. Following the score, Hilburn made a military hand salute toward the crowd and was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct. Because of the 15-yard penalty, Kansas State had to attempt a two-point conversion from the 17-yard line.[3] The conversion failed, accounting for the margin in the final score. The call was considered highly controversial, and according to ESPN determined the outcome of the game.[4]


Due to the impact from this call, the NCAA chose in the next year's rule changes to not penalize celebrating in general but to penalize only taunting.[3] The call was called "one of the most infamous plays of the college football season in 2010" and was given the name "The Bronx Salute." It later was used as an example of incorrect interpretation of the new celebration rules.[5]


Kansas State WildcatsEdit

Kansas State officially accepted an invitation to the bowl on December 3, 2010, after completing a 7-5 regular season.[6] The bowl marked the Wildcats return to post-season for the first time since 2006. It was the 14th bowl game in school history for K-State. Coach Bill Snyder coached the Wildcats in all but two of their previous bowls.

Syracuse OrangeEdit

Syracuse officially accepted an invitation to the bowl on December 3, 2010.[7] Second year head coach Doug Marrone, who grew up in the Bronx, just minutes from the old Yankee Stadium led the Orange to a 7-5 record and their first bowl game since the 2004 Champs Sports Bowl. Syracuse was required to win seven games in order to become bowl-eligible as two of their victories came over Football Championship Subdivision opponents. Only one of the victories is allowed to count toward bowl eligibility.

Game summaryEdit


Scoring Play Score
1st Quarter
KSU - Daniel Thomas 51-yard run (Josh Cherry kick), 14:32 KSU 7-0
SYR - Ryan Nassib 52-yard pass to Marcus Sales (Ross Krautman kick), 3:16 TIE 7-7
2nd Quarter
SYR - Ryan Nassib 36-yard pass to Marcus Sales (Ross Krautman kick), 9:35 SYR 14-7
KSU - Daniel Thomas 10-yard run (Josh Cherry kick), 1:51 TIE 14-14
3rd Quarter
SYR - Delone Carter 7-yard run (Ross Krautman kick), 12:11 SYR 21-14
KSU - Carson Coffman 10-yard pass to Chris Harper (Josh Cherry kick), 6:34 TIE 21-21
SYR - Delone Carter 15-yard run (Ross Krautman kick missed), 2:11 SYR 27-21
4th Quarter
KSU - Daniel Thomas 1-yard run (Josh Cherry kick), 11:03 KSU 28-27
SYR - Ryan Nassib 44-yard pass to Marcus Sales (Two-point conversion failed), 7:53 SYR 33-28
SYR - Ross Krautman 39-yard field goal, 3:08 SYR 36-28
KSU - Carson Coffman 30-yard pass to Adrian Hilburn (Two-Point Conversion Failed), 1:13 SYR 36-34


Statistics Kansas St. Syracuse
First Downs 19 23
Total offense, plays-yards 61-379 65-498
Rushes-yards (net) 121 259
Passes, Comp-Att-Yds 18-25-258 13-22-239
Fumbles-Interceptions 0-0 1-0
Time of Possession 31:38 28:22


  • This was the first bowl game played in New York since the 1962 Gotham Bowl (at old Yankee Stadium), where 6,166 fans saw Nebraska defeat Miami 36-34 on frozen turf.
  • Syracuse and Kansas State met twice before in school history. All of their matchups have come in bowl games. K-State defeated the Orange in the 1997 Fiesta Bowl, 35-18 and the Orange were victorious by a score of 26-3 in the 2001 Bowl. This was their first meeting outside the Phoenix Metropolitan Area.
  • Senior Andrew Lewis and freshman Brice Hawkes were suspended for a rules violation by Syracuse head coach Doug Marrone.[citation needed]
  • The final result of the 2010 Pinstripe Bowl was subject to criticism due to an "Excessive Celebration" Penalty against Kansas State (see section above: The Bronx Salute).[8]


  1. ^ Vegas Insider, December 24, 2010
  2. ^ Richard Sandomir, It’s New York. It’s the Stadium. It’s the Pinstripe Bowl, The New York Times, March 9, 2010
  3. ^ a b Just, David (July 11, 2011). "Kansas State salute penalty prompts rule change". Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. Retrieved January 1, 2013.
  4. ^ Darcy, Kieran (December 31, 2010). "Adrian Hilburn 'devastated' by call". ESPN. Retrieved January 1, 2013.
  5. ^ Ubben, David (July 27, 2011). "Snyder weighs in on rules change". ESPN. Retrieved January 1, 2013.
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  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-08-13. Retrieved 2011-04-26.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)