"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."
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."