The highest-scoring bowl game

WVU, Syracuse should put up plenty of points in Pinstripe Bowl

Originally Published: December 27, 2012
By KC Joyner | ESPN Insider
Geno SmithTim Heitman/US PresswireGeno Smith is one of college football's most exciting quarterbacks.

The 2011 college bowl season had more than its share of interesting moments, but the most exciting contest by far was the Alamo Bowl battle between the Washington Huskies and Baylor Bears.

That 67-56 shootout reaffirmed Robert Griffin III as one of the most compelling talents in college football while at the same time serving as an introduction for many people to the prolific skills of Huskies quarterback Keith Price.

The game in the 2012 bowl season that is most likely to mimic that tilt for the honor of the postseason's most exciting -- and highest-scoring -- game is the New Era Pinstripe Bowl between the West Virginia Mountaineers and Syracuse Orange.

Let's take a look at three reasons why it will be a game to remember.

Record-setting quarterbacks

Mountaineers quarterback Geno Smith was at one time a leading candidate for the Heisman Trophy and has a skill set impressive enough to garner a spot on Mel Kiper's latest Big Board.

Tops among that skill list is an accurate arm that helped Smith rank first in the nation in passing touchdowns (40), second in completion percentage (71.4), third in completions per game (29.2), fourth in passing yards per game (333.7) and total passing yards (4,004), sixth in total offense (346.6) and seventh in passing efficiency (164.6).