Recognizing that the contest was slipping away, the Mountaineers responded with its first sustained drive. Bailey caught a pass over the middle, broke tackles and scored from 32 yards away as WVU finally got on the board, only trailing 12-7 at the break.
SU extended its lead to 19-7 early in the third quarter when it caught a break. Nassib's throw was tipped by a Mountaineer defender near the goal line, but the ball floated into the waiting arms of intended receiver Beckett Wales for 10-yard score.
If the game turned anywhere, it did so on a flag. Andrew Buie broke free for what looked like a 28-yard TD run on fourth-and-two, but a holding penalty wiped out the play. Instead of only trailing by five or six, WVU had to punt, and would never get closer again.
Gulley broke his biggest run when he bounced to the outside of the defenders, that resulted in a poorly defended play. He scampered 67 yards for a TD to make it 26-7.
Smith did find Bailey for a 29-yard score 1:11 later, but from that point the Mountaineers headed into a downward spiral.
In the fourth quarter Nassib engineered a nine play, 70-yard march with a fitting ending as Gulley caught a swing pass for a 10-yard touchdown.
A season that, in late October, appeared headed for disaster instead ended with Doug Marrone and his players bringing the Pinstripe Bowl trophy back to Syracuse for a second time.