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By DARREN MILLER
NEW YORK CITY — The Big Ten has arrived in the Big Apple.
After a walk-through practice in Iowa City early Sunday, the University of Iowa football team, coaches, and staff flew on two Miami Air charters from the Eastern Iowa Airport in Cedar Rapids to Newark Liberty International Airport. The Hawkeye team and coaches checked into the New York Hilton Midtown just before 6 p.m. local time.
“We got here safely, so that is good,” said sophomore tight end Noah Fant. “I have never been to New York City. Seeing it and being in the city is pretty cool. But we’re all focused and ready to play. We’re focusing on (Boston College) and getting ready to get on the field.”
The eighth annual New Era Pinstripe Bowl will be Wednesday in Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York, beginning at 4:15 p.m. (CT). It will be televised by ESPN.
“With the time being shorter (in New York), it’s like a regular game week,” said junior defensive end Parker Hesse. “We’re already into (our preparation), where we would be for any other game in the regular season and that’s how we’re going to finish the week out here — like any other game week.”
The New Era Pinstripe Bowl marks the first meeting between Iowa and Boston College. The Hawkeyes are 8-11 all-time against members of the Atlantic Coast Conference and have won four in a row, including a 24-14 victory over Georgia Tech in the 2010 FedEx Orange Bowl.
Iowa is bowl eligible for the 16th time in the last 17 seasons. The Hawkeyes have a 6-8 bowl record under head coach Kirk Ferentz; since the 2001 season, only Ohio State and Wisconsin have won more bowl games than Iowa.