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Syracuse beats West Virginia in snowy Pinstripe Bowl | College football
Prince-Tyson Gulley ran for a career-best 208 yards and had three touchdowns to help Syracuse beat West Virginia 38-14 in the Pinstripe Bowl on a snowy day at Yankee Stadium in New York.
NEW YORK — The weather made passing at the Pinstripe Bowl perilous, so Syracuse sent Prince-Tyson Gulley and Jerome Smith dashing through West Virginia and the snow.
Gulley ran for a career-best 208 yards and had three touchdowns, Smith added 157 yards and the Orange bid a blustery farewell to the Big East Conference with a 38-14 victory Saturday.
Syracuse (8-5) will enter the Atlantic Coast Conference on a roll after finishing this season with six victories in its last seven games, capped by its second bowl victory at Yankee Stadium in the last three years.
In a bowl played at a baseball stadium, with weather more suited for an NFL playoff game in Green Bay, the team that plays home games in a dome ended up being better equipped to handle the elements.
"The football gods brought snow," said Smith, who carried 30 times. "The football gods from Syracuse brought us some snow, and it changed even West Virginia's game. They had to run a little bit more than they were used to."
Syracuse finished with a season-high 369 yards on the ground and beat former Big East rival West Virginia (7-6), now in the Big 12, for a third straight time.
"They just did a better job than us at the line of scrimmage," Mountaineers coach Dana Holgorsen said.
Armed Forces Bowl
Rice 33, Air Force 14
Freshman Driphus Jackson passed for 264 yards in relief of injured starter Taylor McHargue, including two touchdown passes to Jordan Taylor, and the Owls (7-6) rallied to defeat the Falcons (6-7) in Fort Worth, Texas.
Jackson's first series after taking over for McHargue ended with a bad pitch for a fumble near the goal line two seconds before halftime, when the Owls trailed 14-7.
Rice scored 26 unanswered points in the second half.
Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl
Michigan St. 17, TCU 16
Dan Conroy kicked a 47-yard field goal with 1:01 left, Le'Veon Bell rushed for 145 yards and a fourth-quarter touchdown and the Spartans (7-6) edged Texas Christian (7-6) in Tempe, Ariz.
Conroy beat Georgia with a 28-yard field goal in the third overtime of last season's Outback Bowl that gave Michigan State a 33-30 victory.
The Horned Frogs, who had won six of their previous seven bowl games, took a 16-14 lead when Jaden Oberkrom kicked a 53-yard field goal with 2:42 left.
• All-American receiver Marqise Lee was held out of most of USC's final workout for Monday's Sun Bowl game against Georgia Tech after apparently hurting his left knee during a drill, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Asked if he was optimistic Lee will play, coach Lane Kiffin said, "I'm hopeful, that's for sure."