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Notre Dame Accepts Pinstripe Bowl Invitation

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Cam McDaniel #33 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish celebrates his game-winning touchdown against the Michigan State Spartans at Notre Dame Stadium on September 21, 2013 in South Bend, Indiana. Notre Dame defeated Michigan State 17-13. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Cam McDaniel #33 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish celebrates his game-winning touchdown against the Michigan State Spartans at Notre Dame Stadium on September 21, 2013 in South Bend, Indiana. Notre Dame defeated Michigan State 17-13. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Notre Dame has officially accepted an invitation to the Pinstripe Bowl on Dec. 28.

The Irish (8-4) will be making their fourth straight bowl appearance and will play an American Athletic Conference opponent.

The Associated Press reported Friday that Notre Dame was headed to the game.

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said the Irish were looking forward to returning to Yankee Stadium, where the Irish beat Army 27-3 in 2010. Kelly, a Boston Red Sox fan, said the treatment the Irish received from the Steinbrenner family and the Yankees was unlike anything he’s seen in four years at Notre Dame.

That game drew a stadium-record crowd for football of 54,251.

Notre Dame had to wait to see what bowl spots went unfilled because it had no bowl affiliation this year. Next season the Irish will be part of the Atlantic Coast Conference bowl lineup.

(TM and © Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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