West Virginia Football: Grading All 22 Starters from the Pinstripe Bowl

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West Virginia Football: Grading All 22 Starters from the Pinstripe Bowl
Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

The West Virginia Mountaineers' season finale loss to the Syracuse Orange in the Pinstripe Bowl couldn't have been a more accurate representation of the Mountaineers' 2012 campaign.

WVU entered the game with high expectations, just as it did for this season, but came away disappointed with a 38-14 loss at the hands of former Big East Conference rival Syracuse in a game where nothing seemed to go the way of the gold and blue.

Then again, since about Oct. 7, very little has gone West Virginia's way.

Against the Orange, the Mountaineers were plagued by a blocked field goal, dropped interceptions, two safeties, terrible weather conditions and 10 penalties—each coming at a more inopportune time than the next.

Through all of that, WVU just wasn't able to do enough to move the ball against a well-prepared Syracuse defense or counter a strong power running game presented by that same Orange squad.

Here are the individual grades for each of West Virginia's Pinstripe Bowl starters:

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