Bowling Green, Pitt to play in Pizza Bowl

After one of the biggest wins in school history in Detroit,

Bowling Green is headed back to Ford Field.

The MAC champion Falcons will face Pittsburgh of the ACC in the

Little Caesars Pizza Bowl on Dec. 26.

The Falcons (10-3) beat previously undefeated Northern Illinois

47-27 in the MAC title game at Ford Field on Friday night, their

fifth straight win.

It’s the third bowl bid in five seasons for Bowling Green and

the 11th in school history. But it’s also the program’s first trip

to the Pizza Bowl in 10 years.

”We are excited to play in a great environment like Ford Field

again, so close to our campus, with our fans and students being

able to make the trip,” Falcons coach Dave Clawson said.

Pitt will be making its sixth straight trip to a bowl game and

will be the first ACC team to make the trip to Detroit.

The Panthers, who went 3-5 in their first season in their new

league, are 2-1 against Bowling Green since 1999.

”Bowling Green was impressive not only in their MAC

Championship win, but all season long and we have a competitive

game of football ahead,” Pitt coach Paul Chryst said.

The Falcons rank fifth in the nation in scoring defense at just

14.8 points a game, although they gave up 42 points in a loss at

Indiana.

Pitt has been one of the worst teams in the country at running

the ball, but Tom Savage has thrown for 2,834 yards and 21

touchdowns this season.