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Duke and Indiana to Clash in Pinstripe Bowl

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Bronx, NY – College football took the sports spotlight in New York during the week of December 7.

One day after the 2015 Ivy League Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year, Harvard quarterback Steve Hosch and Penn linebacker Tyler Drake, were awarded the Asa S. Bushnell Cup at the Waldorf Astoria on Monday, a press conference was held at Yankee Stadium to formally announce that Duke and Indiana will clash in the sixth edition of the New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium on December 26 at 3:30 pm.

Duke (7-5, 4-4), representing the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), will be competing in its fourth consecutive Bowl game. Duke’s head coach, David Cutcliffe, spoke of what these years of success means to its students and alumni, “Playing in our fourth consecutive bowl game means a great deal to our past, present and future Blue Devils. This senior class is obviously a special one and I could not be happier for a group of young men that has accomplished what no other class has done in the history of Duke Football.”

Duke had previously played in 11 bowl games including the Rose Bowl, Orange Bowl, Cotton Bowl and the Orange Bowl. The recent past of the Indiana Hoosiers (6-6, 2-6) has not included a bowl appearance. They last were chosen to play in the Insight Bowl in 2007.

Indiana’s Athletic Director Fred Glass remarked of the invitation, “Our team has earned this great opportunity to play in the Pinstripe Bowl. This will showcase our team in one of the world’s truly iconic sporting venues against a high quality opponent in the Duke Blue Devils.”

New York Yankees President Randy Levine expressed how important the student-athletes and their families will feel by the experience, “Every kid growing up wants to say they played in Yankee Stadium.” He also spoke of the unique experience of being in New York City for the holidays.

Indiana Coach Kevin Wilson reiterated what this experience will be like for his team, “Our kids will be blown away. Eighty per cent of my team has never been to New York City. It will be a great learning and educational experience. It’s great to be in the greatest city in the world for the holidays.”

The representatives of Duke expressed their personal pleasure of being in New York. Duke Athletic Director Kevin White remarked, “As a displaced New Yorker, I was euphoric when I heard about the Pinstripe Bowl in 2009. I only hoped we would have an opportunity to be part of it.” The Duke Coach commented on the legendary venue, “Yankee Stadium, Wow! Growing up in Alabama, it was only a dream to see Yankee Stadium.”

Although they represent two different conferences, the ACC and the Big Ten, the teams had one common opponent this year, Wake Forest. Each team won its road contest, Duke by a score of 27-21 and Indiana by 31-24.

The teams have only faced one another three times, Indiana winning two of the three. They last competed on September 8, 1984.

The crowds at each of the previous five Pinstripe Bowls have grown larger each year. Last year’s exciting overtime game won by Penn State over Boston College, 31-30, drew a sold-out house of 49,012. The second consecutive ACC-Big 10 battle may do as well as both universities have a large base of alumni and fans in the metropolitan area. For those unable to obtain tickets, the game will be televised by ABC.

About Howard Goldin

Howard Goldin is a 72-year-old Bronx native whose passion for sports is evidenced by his 15 years of sports writing with Latino Sports. A former English instructor at Monroe College, his love for sports started with baseball and have expanded since. If there's a sport or a community event, Howard will be in attendance covering it.

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