Rutgers to Play Iowa State in Pinstripe Bowl

With much bigger stakes, Rutgers will return to Yankee Stadium on Dec. 30. In the same stadium where Rutgers beat Army for its seventh victory of the regular season, the Scarlet Knights will play against Big 12 foe Iowa State in the 2011 New Era Pinstripe Bowl.

Rutgers is going to the Pinstripe Bowl where the Scarlet Knights face off against Big 12 foe Iowa State.

"It is a terrific situation when you can play your bowl game in the greatest city in the world," said Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano in a statement. "Getting an opportunity to play in a bowl game hosted by the New York Yankees is a great reward for our players."

The Scarlet Knights (8-4 4-3) have the opportunity to wash away the embarrassments of the Connecticut loss by playing a bowl game in their back yard. Already victorious once at Yankee Stadium this season, the Scarlet Knights return seeking a fifth bowl victory under Schiano.

"New York City is one of the best places in the world, especially over the Holidays, so having the chance to play a bowl game at Yankee Stadium is going to be special for our players, coaches and fans," said Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Tim Pernetti in a statement. "The New York Yankees are one of the elite organizations in all of sports and we look forward to fun-filled week of activities in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl. I can't wait to see a sea of Scarlet in the stands at Yankee Stadium December 30."

Rutgers has 15 players on the roster from the Empire State, including key upperclassmen Scott Vallone, Edmond Laryea, Patrick Kivlehan and Andre Civil.

Schiano and Rutgers officially discuss their bowl destination tomorrow morning at a press conference and continue bowl practices through the next three weeks before heading to New York.

Iowa State (6-6, 3-6) represents the first Big 12 opponent for Rutgers since Kansas State in the Texas Bowl in 2006. The Cyclones are best known for their thrilling upset over No. 2 Oklahoma State earlier in the year.

"We are thrilled to have the chance to extend our season with a bowl trip to New York City," said Iowa State head coach Paul Rhoades in a statement. "Our team has improved all season, and is playing its best football. Every year we start with a goal of winning a bowl game, and we'll have the opportunity in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl against an outstanding Rutgers team."

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