MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Declining the opportunity to put West Virginia and Pitt together, the Pinstripe Bowl nevertheless picked the Mountaineers on Sunday night to face Syracuse at Yankee Stadium.
WVU and Syracuse will revive the rivalry for the 58th straight year on Dec. 29, the 60th time overall and quite likely the last time for a long time.
WVU joined the Big 12 this season and Syracuse leaves the Big East for the Atlantic Coast Conference on July 1.
"We finished the season strong with two straight wins and I am glad our players get the reward of playing in a bowl game," Mountaineers Coach Dana Holgorsen said in a statement. "This will be West Virginia's 11th straight bowl appearance and one more chance for our fans to see the 2012 Mountaineers. Playing in New York City will provide a national stage and Yankee Stadium will be a great venue for our seniors to finish their careers."
Syracuse (7-5, 5-2 Big East), one of four co-champions in the Big East, was the fourth pick in the conference's cycle.
The Orange have won three straight games, which includes victories over Louisville, the Big East representative in the Bowl Championship Series, and Missouri of the Southeastern Conference.
"I am proud of this team for the way it fought through early-season adversity to win five of the last six games and win a share of the Big East championship," Orange Coach Doug Marrone said.
"It is great for our team, and particularly our seniors, to have the chance to play one more game. This senior class has given so much to our program on and off the field and will be great ambassadors for our program and the university."
Syracuse has beaten WVU the previous two seasons and are in possession of the rivalry's Schwartzwalder Trophy.
Established in 1993 and named after Ben Schwartzwalder, who was born in West Virginia, played for the Mountaineers and coached high school football in the state before later beginning his Hall of Fame coaching career at Syracuse, WVU held onto the prize every year from 2002-09.
The Orange lead the series 32-27, while the Mountaineers are 4-0 all-time at Yankee Stadium.
The Pinstripe Bowl took Syracuse over Pitt, which achieved bowl eligibility in Saturday night's win at South Florida.
WVU and Pitt (6-6, 3-4 Big East) had played every year since 1943, though that streak will now come to an end and the series may also go dormant for a while. The Panthers are moving to the ACC with Syracuse.