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Syracuse's Krautman Bronx Bound Again

The Franklin Lakes-native pushed Syracuse to a dramatic last-minute win in his last Pinstripe Bowl appearance

When Syracuse University and West Virginia meet up on Dec. 29 at Yankee Stadium, it will be Class of 2009 Ramapo grad Ross Krautman's second Pinstripe Bowl.

Krautman, an accomplished kicker for the Syracuse football team, played in his first when he was a freshman. He helped Syracuse beat Kansas State in a thriller, hitting a 40-yard field goal in the last minutes to seal the game

An All-American junior this season, Krautman was recently named Big East Special Teams Player of the Week in his four field goal performance and 16 points versus UConn in October.

That was the third game of Krautman's college career with four field goals; he now has 46 career field goals, 11 shy of the Syracuse record. Ross also has amassed 240 kicking points thus far placing him fifth in all time scoring at Syracuse with one season left.

Ross also set the Big East Record in 2010 with his .947 field goal percentage —the highest single-season record.

The son of Jeff and Sharon Krautman of Franklin Lakes, Ross first started kicking in the fifth grade. As he grew older, he began developing skills by working out with his older brother Ricky—who also kicked for several seasons at Syracuse—and with local kicking coach Pat Sempier. 

While at Ramapo, Krautman played on the school's 2009 state championship team and earned two state records: one for kicking 123 out 124 extra points and a second for his streak of 81 extra points in a row.

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