Rutgers prepared for local bowl game

NEW YORK — Yankee Stadium is all dressed up and ready for one more big game in 2011.

Rutgers (8-4, 4-3 Big East) and Iowa State (6-6, 3-6 Big 12) will clash for the first time, in the second annual New Era Pinstripe Bowl on Friday (3:20 p.m. ET on ESPN). And the Scarlet Knights are hoping to have a significant home-field advantage after selling out their official allotment of more than 13,000 tickets. Plus, Rutgers already played a game at Yankee Stadium this year, beating Army 27-12 on Nov. 12.

"Certainly looking forward to having a lot of Rutgers faithful in the stands," coach Greg Schiano said Thursday afternoon at the final pregame news conference at Yankee Stadium. "You know how that can become a big advantage in a football game."

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