Notre Dame to play Rutgers in Pinstripe Bowl

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 8, 2013 at 12:05 am •  Published: December 8, 2013
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Notre Dame is going to make its first postseason appearance at Yankee Stadium.

The Irish (8-4) on Saturday officially accepted an invitation to the Pinstripe Bowl on Dec. 28. They will be making their fourth straight bowl appearance and will play Rutgers (6-6), which qualified by beating South Florida on Saturday night.

The Associated Press reported Friday that Notre Dame was headed to the game.

It will be Notre Dame's second visit to the new Yankee Stadium. The Irish beat Army 27-3 at the site in 2010. But the Irish have played some famous games at the old Yankee Stadium, including in 1928 against Army when coach Knute Rockne gave his famous "Win one for the Gipper speech." No. 1 Army and No. 2 Notre Dame played the Game of the Century there in 1946 in a game that featured four Heisman Trophy winners and ended in a 0-0 tie.

Coach Brian Kelly said the Irish are looking forward to returning.

"We were privileged to play in New York City and Yankee Stadium in 2010. The treatment our university received from the Steinbrenner family, the New York Yankees and the entire organization was unlike anything we've experienced in my tenure at Notre Dame," he said.

That game drew a stadium-record crowd for football of 54,251.



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