BRONX, N.Y. -- Prince-Tyson Gulley was not a name most expected to be the best player on the field at the Pinstripe Bowl. But that's exactly how things played out as Gulley rushed for a career high 208 yards on his way to three total touchdowns.
"Our linemen came out to play," the Pinstripe Bowl MVP said. "They opened up a lot of good holes and made me and Jerome -- made it very easy for us to pick where we were going and they did a good job for us. Credit them for that."
Indeed they did, and Gulley took full advantage. His first touchdown run was of the 33-yard variety, where he hit the hole hard up the middle and took it to the house.
His second touchdown run was a 67-yarder right after the Orange had forced a turnover on a Geno Smith fumble. This one went to the outside, and he was able to use his excellent cutting ability to find the opening along the sideline. Gulley's breakaway speed took care of the rest.
Gulley later added a third touchdown on a swing pass from senior quarterback Ryan Nassib which all but sealed the Orange victory.
Despite mother nature's best efforts, no one could stop Gulley on this day. Not the snow, not the cold, and certainly not an overmatched and overwhelmed West Virginia defense.
In a game that was supposed to be about two potent passing attacks, the junior tailback stole the show. He ran through, by and around the Mountaineers to give Syracuse their second eight win season in three years.
"We say Prince listened to coach (Tyrone) Wheatley today and finally came through," Syracuse head coach Doug Marrone said after the victory. "Prince has been a player that really worked hard and played with injury. He's really come a long way in our program and I couldn't be prouder of him sitting next to me.
"He has a well deserved MVP trophy and I'm really proud of this football team."