Star Kansas St. Wildcats RB Daniel Thomas didn’t take long to make his presence known at Yankee Stadium, bursting for a 51-yard touchdown run on the second offensive play of the game. This means a Midwesterner scored the first Pinstripe Bowl touchdown in Syracuse’s extended backyard.
A round of three-and-outs followed, then a lengthy Cuse drive that took forever and went not much of anywhere. The thing took five minutes and 12 plays, but went only 28 yards. I’m still trying to figure out what I just watched.
Cuse eventually got it going after a big run by RB Delone Carter set up a flea flicker deep to WR Marcus Sales by QB Ryan Nassib for a touchdown.
Playing conditions have been an issue, with two Wildcats nearly doing accidental splits and Syracuse’s punt returner looking like that one third baseman Alex Rodriguez screamed at. Dismal crowds suggest this may actually be the ninth inning of a Yankees playoff game, so.