New York Yankees continue to showcase College Football’s best at Pinstripe Bowl

Brian Lewerke, Michigan State Spartans, New York Yankees (Photo by Adam Hunger/Getty Images)
Brian Lewerke, Michigan State Spartans, New York Yankees (Photo by Adam Hunger/Getty Images) /

The annual New Era Pinstripe Bowl hosted bu the New York Yankees continues to showcase excellent college football and New York City traditions.

The tenth annual New Era Pinstripe Bowl hosted by the New York Yankees took place on Friday night between Wake Forest and Michigan State. The two teams were looking to end their 2019 year with a bowl victory as Seniors were focused on providing their final highlight reel for a potential draft opportunity next April.

The two teams spent the week leading special clinics for local children at the stadium while others toured the 9/11 museum in New York City. It was the first time in the ‘Big Apple’ for many of the players as they visited the city ahead of the matchup. Yankee Stadium rarely is transformed for college football, but when it is, it brings large crowds supporting both school’s respectively, as approximately 36,895 were in attendance.

Michigan State would end the night victorious 27-21 led by Senior Quarterback Brian Lewerke who was named game MVP. Lewerke became the third Michigan State quarterback to win two bowl games in his career. After going 26 for 37 with 320 yards in the game, He became the all-time leader in total offense in MSU history, finishing with 9,548 yards.

Empire Writes Back was on hand as Spartans head coach Mark Dantonio spoke after the game about his team’s experience in New York City. He thanked everyone involved in the bowl game as MSU improved their record to 7-6 on the season.

"”Want to thank the Pinstripe Bowl for everything that they did for us this week. said Dantonio, Tremendous. John Mosley, thank him personally, but also want to thank them for their organization, making this a great moment for us and our student-athletes. Everything that we could ask for from a bowl perspective was put in place, very well- organized."

"Obviously when you win the football game, it’s sort of icing on the cake. We had a great experience here. Spartans will be out in New York City one more night. Hopefully it’s a great night for them, as well. Go Green.”"

Wake Forest head coach, Dave Clawson echoed the same satisfaction with the bowl game committee in his post-game press conference.

"”Incredible positives. Everything positive but the end of the game. My thanks to the Pinstripe Bowl, Randy, Mark, Emily, John, the whole crew. What a first class organization. Everything this week was incredibly well-organized. Just really want to thank the whole Yankee organization for giving Wake Forest football such an incredible experience."

"Their attention to detail, very grateful for everything that they did. I also want to do this, I really want to thank all the Deacs that made it up to New York. All the students, our fans, our alumni. I mean, it’s that type of support that we get at bowl games is amazing. To come up two days after Christmas to New York, we are grateful for our fan base.”"

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In only it’s first ten years, the Pinstripe Bowl continues to create a lasting legacy in College Football nationally.