NEW YORK » The first Pinstripe Bowl turned into a home run derby, with Syracuse and Kansas State trading big plays and touchdowns in one of the most exciting games of this postseason.
A little too much enthusiasm, though, cost the Wildcats.
Delone Carter ran for career-high 198 yards and two touchdowns, Marcus Sales caught three long TD passes and Syracuse got some help from a celebration penalty on Kansas State to beat the Wildcats 36-34 yesterday at Yankee Stadium.
Adrian Hilburn slipped a tackle and raced to a 30-yard touchdown catch with 1:13 remaining to pull Kansas State within two. Hilburn saluted the crowd behind the visitor’s dugout and was flagged 15 yards for unsportsmanlike conduct, which pushed the 2-point conversion attempt back to the 17-yard line.
"I didn’t see it," Kansas State quarterback Carson Coffman said. "We’re not mad at him for it, but I thought it was a little bit of a bogus call."
Coffman overthrew Aubrey Quarles in the end zone, and when Kansas State (7-6) couldn’t come up with the onside kick, Syracuse (8-5) only had to take a knee to win a bowl game for the first time since 2001.
SYRACUSE 36, KANSAS ST. 34
KSt–Dan.Thomas 51 run (Cherry kick)
Syr–Sales 52 pass from R.Nassib (Krautman kick)
Syr–Sales 36 pass from R.Nassib (Krautman kick)
KSt–Dan.Thomas 10 run (Cherry kick)
Syr–Carter 7 run (Krautman kick)
KSt–Harper 10 pass from Coffman (Cherry kick)
Syr–Carter 15 run (kick failed)
KSt–Dan.Thomas 1 run (Cherry kick)
Syr–Sales 44 pass from R.Nassib (pass failed)
Syr–FG Krautman 40
KSt–Hilburn 30 pass from Coffman (pass failed)
RUSHING–Kansas St., Dan.Thomas 22-90, Coffman 8-26, Harper 1-4, Wilson 2-4, Klein 1-2, Team 1-(minus 2), Doerr 1-(minus 3). Syracuse, Carter 27-198, Bailey 7-50, R.Nassib 6-16, Team 3-(minus 5).
PASSING–Kansas St., Coffman 17-23-0-228, Dan.Thomas 1-2-0-30. Syracuse, R.Nassib 13-21-0-239, Bailey 0-1-0-0.
RECEIVING–Kansas St., Hilburn 5-84, Harper 5-56, Quarles 4-75, Tannahill 2-5, Coffman 1-30, Dan.Thomas 1-8. Syracuse, Sales 5-172, Bailey 3-29, Lemon 2-20, Provo 1-9, Cruz 1-5, Harris 1-4.