“It’s Great To Be In New York”
December 28, 2013 – With the exception of the last few minutes of the game, the second half of the 2013 New Era Pinstripe Bowl was almost as evenly matched as the first half (see blog entry below on the first two quarters of the game).
In the early part of the third quarter, it appeared as if Notre Dame was going to take control of the game, but the Scarlet Knight’s defense held quarterback Tommy Reese and the Fighting Irish to two field goals. Trailing 19-13 mid-way through the fourth quarter, Rutgers kicker Kyle Federico brought the game within three points.
After the Rutgers field goal, Notre Dame did what their loyal following had been waiting for since the game began. Reese guided the Fighting Irish on a 79-yard drive, which took 5 minutes and 12 seconds off the clock and resulted in a three-yard touchdown run by running back Tarean Folston. The touchdown gave Notre Dame a 26-16 lead, and Rutgers had just over three minutes to make up the deficit.
Notre Dame kicker Kyle Brindza capped the scoring with a 49-yard field goal, and in the end, Notre Dame enhanced their legacy in of winning big games in New York City.
My favorite moment of the day came when Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly accepted the George M. Steinbrenner Trophy moments after the game ended.
“It’s great to be in New York,” Kelly said from the 50-yard line.
–Alfred Santasiere III