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Pinstripe Bowl: Penn State Cornerback Jordan Lucas Returns Home

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MOV00174_000000 Jordan LucasBronx, NY – Yankee Stadium was the host venue for the fifth annual installment of the Pinstripe Bowl on Saturday afternoon.

Representatives of two of the major college athletic conferences, the Big Ten and the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), met on the newly constructed gridiron in the iconic home of the Yankees on 161st Street in the Bronx.

The weekend contest between the Penn State Nittany Lions (7-6) and Boston College Eagles (7-6) was their 24th meeting The Nittany Lions won 19 of the first 20 games, but lost the latest three meetings until their win on Saturday.

The Eagles have never played at Yankee Stadium, but did play five games against Fordham University at The Polo Grounds, the former home of baseball’s New York Giants, which is one subway stop on the D line south of Yankee Stadium. The three previous appearances by Penn State at Yankee Stadium were in the 1920’s.

To one player on Penn State, Yankee Stadium and New York City were very familiar, Corner back Jordan Lucas lived in New Rochelle, 20 minutes from the Stadium. He spoke with joy when he recounted his experiences of coming to Yankee Stadium when he was a boy, “I have a lot of memories here with my pop. I actually caught a baseball hit by Derek Jeter, my boyhood idol, when I was seven. I also caught a ball hit by Torii Hunter, when he was on Minnesota.”

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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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