Bowl-full of facts about Pinstripe/Liberty

Stuff you probably didn't know

Iowa State’s marching band passes Cyclone fans on Memphis’ Beale Street during the 2012 Liberty Bowl Parade. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette)
Iowa State’s marching band passes Cyclone fans on Memphis’ Beale Street during the 2012 Liberty Bowl Parade. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette)

Pinstripe/Liberty sounds like a mutual fund.

Oh well. Here are some factoids about the Pinstripe and Liberty bowls before my thoughts drift to the Iowa-Indiana battle of 4-4 men’s basketball teams tonight in Bloomington.

1. Here are the bowls Boston College has appeared in since 2000: Aloha Classic, Music City, Motor City, San Francisco, Continental Tire, MPC Computers, Meineke Car Care, Champs Sports, Music City, Emerald, Fight Hunger, AdvoCare V100, Pinstripe, Quick Lane, and now the Pinstripe again.

Some of those games still exist, but under different names. Others have gone to that great third-tier bowl group in the sky.

2. At 35, Memphis’ Mike Norvell is the second-youngest FBS coach. Oklahoma’s Lincoln Riley is 33. Iowa State’s Matt Campbell, 38, is seventh-youngest.

Jason Candle, who replaced Campbell at Toledo, is 17 days younger than Campbell.

3. Remember how Campbell’s name was tossed about for other coaching jobs until his contract was renegotiated recently? Well, Norvell is being named as a possible candidate for the open Arkansas job.

Norvell played at Central Arkansas. His wife is from Fort Smith, Ark. Memphis is just across the Mississippi River from Arkansas.

4. The Pinstripe Bowl in Yankee Stadium will be the second time in the last three games in which Boston College has played in an American League East stadium. BC played Connecticut in Boston’s Fenway Park on Nov. 18.


5. Monday morning, the sports home page of the Boston Globe’s website had 10 stories about the New England Patriots listed above the one about Boston College and the Pinstripe Bowl.

6. Memphis is in the American Athletic Conference. That league had the same number of teams in the College Football Playoff’s final rankings (three) as the ACC and Big 12. Memphis is 19th, between Michigan State and Northwestern.

7. Iowa is a 2.5-point favorite over Boston College in the Pinstripe Bowl. It’s the first time the Hawkeyes have been favored in their last eight bowls. They won as underdogs in the 2010 Orange and Insight bowls, lost as underdogs in the 2011 Insight, 2013 Outback, 2014 TaxSlayer, 2016 Rose and 2017 Outback.

8. The Liberty Bowl has been played in Memphis since 1965. This is the first time Memphis will be a participating team.

Fifty-seven other schools have played in Liberty Bowls in Memphis, led by Arkansas’ five times. This will be Iowa State’s third appearance.

9. The Pinstripe Bowl’s winning team gets the George M. Steinbrenner Trophy.

10. Memphis quarterback Riley Ferguson is third in the FBS in passing yards with 3,931. Iowa State has already faced No. 1 Baker Mayfield of Oklahoma (4,553) and No. 2 Mason Rudolph of Oklahoma State (4,340).

11. Boston College’s AJ Dillon is second to Wisconsin’s Jonathan Taylor in rushing yards for a freshman. Taylor has 1,847, Dillon 1,432. Both have rushed for 13 touchdowns. Dillon’s name is Algiers Jameal William Dillon.



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