Indiana set to face Duke in Pinstripe Bowl

Indiana’s football team will spend Christmas in New York.

The Hoosiers have accepted an invitation to play Duke in the Pinstripe Bowl on Dec. 26 at Yankee Stadium. The game will be televised at 3:30 p.m. on ABC.

“I’m happy and pleased for our players and excited for the opportunity to continue to improve our program,” IU coach Kevin Wilson said in a statement. “We are looking forward to playing an outstanding opponent in Duke. It will be a great trip for our kids and nice to play in front of our large alumni base in the New York City area.”

It’s the first time the Hoosiers have been bowl-eligible since 2007, when they lost to Oklahoma State in the Insight Bowl in Tempe, Ariz. IU also lost during its 1993 postseason appearance against Virginia Tech in the Independence Bowl.

The Hoosiers’ last bowl win came in 1991 with a 24-0 victory over Baylor in the Copper Bowl. The Hoosiers will be making their 10th bowl appearance and their first at the Pinstripe Bowl. The 2015 Pinstripe Bowl will be the second game in the Bowl’s history to feature teams from the Big Ten and ACC. Each conference has entered into multi-year agreements with the New York Yankees and the Pinstripe Bowl to have a representative school play in the game.

“All of us at Indiana University are delighted that our football team has earned a well deserved bowl berth, which reflects the strong performance and hard work of our players and coaching staff, the dedication and support of our fans, and the very encouraging progress our program has made this season,” IU President Michael A. McRobbie said in a statement. “We’re excited to be playing in New York City and at hallowed Yankee Stadium, which will certainly make for a most memorable holiday season experience for our many Hoosier alumni and friends residing in the region. And we’re particularly pleased to be competing against a fellow member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), which has as members the nation’s 60 leading research universities.”

IU, which snapped a six-game losing streak with back-to-back wins at Maryland and Purdue, won its final two games for the first time since 2001, and its final two road games for the first time since 1982.

Indiana had not won back-to-back Big Ten games since 2012, two Big Ten road games in the same year since 2001, back-to-back Big Ten road games since 1993 and three road games in a single season since 1994.

Indiana and Duke’s football programs have met three times previously. The Hoosiers lead the series 2-1 with 31-21 (Oct. 4, 1980) and 15-10 (Sept. 10, 1983) victories in Bloomington and a 31-24 defeat (Sept. 8, 1984) on the road.

“Our team has earned this great opportunity to play in the Pinstripe Bowl,” IU athletic director Fred Glass said in a statement. “This will showcase our team in one of the world’s truly iconic sporting venues against a high quality opponent in the Duke Blue Devils. We are excited to bring Hoosier Nation to the Big Apple for the holidays as ‘Candy Stripes go Pinstripes’ on Dec. 26. Coach Wilson and I just told the team and they are very excited.”
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7 comments

  1. I’ve gotta admit, I was sweating the Foster Farms paring against USC. They just played for the PAC 12 championship. That would have been a daunting task. Duke is no pushover, but I feel better about the match up. I know what I’ll be doing on December 26th (besides eating leftovers). GO HOOSIERS!!!!!!

  2. seems Duke hasn’t recovered from that miami loss defense is pretty good though but to me IU still should be favored Duke doesn’t do one thing well on offense they’re okay passing the ball and they’re okay running the ball IU to me and this is just me, has more fire power they’re atleast 10 points better IU wins 37-27

  3. Remember in the Big 10 the teams split the bowl game payouts. This has been a part of the league for a long time. Makes it even better with 10 teams going to bowl games and 3 teams getting in 6 of the largest bowls on the schedule.

  4. iuh92, Damn good point about the 10 teams and the 3 high placements. i wonder how much that all tallies to? Be a nice split.

  5. It is good to see IU play in a bowl game especially one of the better bowl games before Jan 1. Duke is a good match-up for IU and it should be an entertaining game. This month of practice will go a long way making this team better.

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