Pitt 30, Bowling Green 27—Final
In a game that included just about everything, Pitt was the team to score last, holding on to defeat the MAC champion Bowling Green Falcons, 30-27, in the Little Caesars Bowl.
The Panthers were led by a couple of phenomenal individual efforts on offense. Tailback James Conner, who also lined up on defense, rushed for a school bowl game record 229 yards while fellow freshman receiver Tyler Boyd set his own bowl record with 173 receiving yards to go along with a kick return for a touchdown.
Having just 18 sacks on the season entering Thursday, Pitt got to Bowling Green quarterback Matt Johnson seven times, including twice on the Falcons' final drive to seal the game. Bowling Green climbed back into the game behind Johnson and Boo Boo Gates' kickoff return for a touchdown, but in the end, it wasn't enough to bring home a victory.
The future would appear to be bright in Pitt thanks to the likes of Conner, Boyd and backup quarterback Chad Voytik, who entered the game after halftime due to an injury to Tom Savage. Voytik threw for 107 yards and ran for a score in an inspiring effort for the Panthers.
We hope you enjoyed following along with us for live score updates and analysis from this year's Little Caesar Bowl. Happy new year!