How often do we hear that penalties, turnovers, pressure on the quarterback, and special teams play win or lose football games?
Certainly that was the case at the second New Era Pinstripe Bowl held at Yankee Stadium in New York City, which was won by Rutgers 27-13 over Iowa State on a mild winter day in New York City.
Rutgers did not commit a turnover in the game while the Cyclones had three.
In the second quarter, RU's Wayne Warren and Khaseem Greene pressured Iowa State quarterback Jared Barnett, resulting in a sack and fumble picked up by Scott Vallone, who ran it back 13 yards to the Iowa State four. The Cyclones held Rutgers on downs and forced a field goal attempt made by RU senior kicker San San Te. That made the score 10-6 RU.
On the following kick-off, Iowa State's Jarvis West ran the length of the field for a touchdown, but the play was called back because of a blocking foul.
Later in the second quarter, Rutgers blocked a 44-yard field goal attempt by the Cyclones' Zach Guyer.
With the Scarlet Knights leading 17-6 in the third quarter, RU linebacker Steve Beauharnais intercepted a Steele Jantz pass, leading to another Rutgers field goal by Te. Then a last interception by with 2:39 left in the game ended Iowa States last drive attempt.
The game was played on a great weather day for late December in the New York area, with 50 degree temperatures at the kick-off. The favorable weather, an announced crowd of 38,328 fans, the bands and cheerleaders of each school created a holiday atmosphere.
A highlight of the game was the appearance of Rutgers senior Eric LeGrand, who was shown on the large center field scoreboard being interviewed. Eric received a paralyzing injury in 2010 when making a tackle against Army. He has been reported to be making continued progress in his recovery. His picture with his teammates during an October game was recently featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated as the "2010 Moment of the Year."
Overall it was a very enjoyable day of college football at Yankee Stadium. Hope you enjoy a few pictures of the day and post game comments.