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
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.