For the first-ever meeting between Michigan State and Wake Forest, Yankee Stadium seemed like the perfect venue for the historic matchup between the two college football teams.
Quarterback Brian Lewerke finished with 366 total yards and two touchdowns to lead Michigan State to a 27-21 win over Wake Forest in the 10th annual New Era Pinstripe Bowl on Friday in front of 36,895 in the Bronx.
Wake Forest started fast in the opening minutes of the game as quarterback Jamie Newman threw a 29-yard touchdown pass to Kendall Hinton to cap a seven-play, 65-yard drive to give the Demon Deacons a 7-0 lead. Michigan State attempted to answer as they moved the ball to the Wake Forest six-yard line. The Spartans were held to a field goal to make the game 7-3.
On the next Wake Forest drive, Newman's third-down pass was deflected and intercepted by 293-pound defensive tackle Mike Panasiuk who rumbled 14 yards for a touchdown.
"In high school I played fullback," said Panasiuk. "I guess they didn't see that, but I still got a touchdown so that's cool." More »