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Pitt 30, Bowling Green 27, Little Caesars Pizza Bowl

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to kickoff …

Game: Pitt (6-6, 3-5 ACC) vs. Bowling Green (10-3, 7-1 MAC)

Time: 6:02 p.m.

Site: Ford Field, Detroit

TV, radio: ESPN (national), 93.7 The Fan, Pitt IMG Sports Network

Here is the official live summary.

Here is our Pitt page. Jerry DiPaola is on the scene.

Author: Dejan Kovacevic

Dejan Kovacevic, a lifelong Pittsburgher, is an award-winning sports columnist for Trib Total Media covering the Steelers, Penguins, Pirates, Pitt and, recently, his fourth Olympics in Sochi, Russia. He also appears on WPXI-TV's 'Subway Final Word’ and hosts a weekly show on TribLIVE Radio. For 2011, he was named one of the country's top four columnists by the AP Sports Editors. For 2012, he was named one of the country's top three columnists by the National Headliners. For 2013, he was named the state's top columnist by the Keystone Press Awards and top columnist in Western Pennsylvania by the Golden Quills.


  1. Drew71 says:

    For the sake of my Pittsburgh friends (if they are willing to own up to it), this is a prediction I wouldn’t mind getting wrong.

    But I have BGSU by two scores.

    I don’t usually mind being wrong. That’s how I’ve stayed married for 87 years.

  2. The odds are definitely long for a Pitt upset although that doesn’t mean one should quit hoping for such. Happy New Year anyhow!

  3. tpbco says:

    As one of the legions of frustrated Pitt fans, all I’m asking for is a clean game. It’ll be a lot easier for me to deal with the outcome, regardless of the score…because I do believe in the potential for them to win, but it will take a clean game.


  4. BostonsCommon says:

    I believe Pitt is 29-3 against the MAC. I’ll play those odds over the current Vegas line (Pitt +6.5).

  5. JohninOshkosh says:

    I can’t believe I’m writing this, but I’m looking forward to this game. Pitt has had some time to heal and I’m interested in seeing how well the team performs with Chryst having a few weeks to prepare.

  6. Milo Hamilton says:

    I feel like I would be derelict in my duties as a Pitt fan if I didn’t point out the potential for this to spiral into an unmitigated disaster.

  7. JohninOshkosh says:

    Pitt cheerleaders made the trip to enjoy festivities in Detroit during the last week in December.

  8. Milo Hamilton says:

    Just a few little notes:

    – Three players (Matt Rotheram, Bryan Murphy & Malcom Crockett) decided not to show up because of “personal reasons”. Crockett will transfer.

    – They are only dressing 1 backup offensive lineman.

    – They are subbing arguably their best running back, James Conner, in at defensive end.

  9. And another style show of uniforms. I like Pitt’s plain ones better.

  10. Milo Hamilton says:

    And not too many defensive ends have that kind of burst. They are out of their minds if they move him to defense permanently.

  11. JohninOshkosh says:

    Celebrity alums of BGSU include Tim Conway (Dorf!), Ric Ocasek, the great Eva Marie Saint and Doc Emrick.

    Pitt scores with nice response to BGSU FG. 7-3 Panthers.

  12. theplanisworking says:

    By missing most of the 1st quarter, and reading some of the above comments, I was expecting Pitt to be losing 21-0.

    But I turned on the TV as soon as Conner scored. Not bad for a defensive end?

    As a proud Pitt alum, I am glad to see Pitt in a bowl.
    As a disgusted Pitt alum, I am not glad to see Pitt in a minor bowl (again), after a 6-6 season (again), with a clueless AD at the helm (again).

    But LET’S GO PITT!


  13. Milo Hamilton says:

    If Pitt is looking for defensive ends moving forward I have a suggestion. RECRUIT SOME.

  14. JohninOshkosh says:

    Pitt leads in Vegas 13.5-3

  15. theplanisworking says:

    I dont want to spoil my very fine Buffalo Chicken Dip, so please let’s not remind me of Chryst’s recruiting.

    With Street, Savage, and Donald leaving, I do not even want to think of next year, because I dont know what he is going to field.

    Wonder what the Stache is doing?……….

  16. Milo Hamilton says:

    Bowling Green’s QB went to high school at Bishop McDevitt in Harrisburg. They beat my alma mater for the 1995 AA state championship. Therefore, I badly want him to fail. Plus, he has a big mouth.

  17. theplanisworking says:

    More Bowling Green alumni…….

    FIRE Dan Bylsma, Robert Patrick (from the Terminator films), Orel Hershheiser, umpire Jim Joyce, and a couple Miss Ohio’s.

    Cant lose to a school with that pedigree…………….. ;)

  18. Milo Hamilton says:

    Already happened once. Saw it with my own two eyes. Put a big damper on ribfest.

  19. JohninOshkosh says:

    We both omitted the lovely figure skater, Alissa Czisny.

    Pitt leads 10-3

  20. theplanisworking says:

    Oh, now I remember that.
    Good thing my dip is gone.

  21. Milo Hamilton says:

    Bowling Green may have taken Pitt lightly. (Just wanted to see if it looked as ridiculous in print as it sounded when I said it.)

  22. casper in a-town says:

    Tyler Boyd. Wow.

  23. theplanisworking says:

    Boyd is a player!

    17-3 good guys!!!

  24. Barb says:

    No it doesn’t sound ridiculous. Now PITT is up 17-3. Hail to PITT!

  25. Milo Hamilton says:

    I’ll let somebody else ask why he hasn’t been back there all year. :)

  26. Barb says:

    Hey there Hipposter! Great start to the game. I just hope they can hold on!

  27. JohninOshkosh says:

    Is it just me or does Pitt look pretty good so far ?

    Boyd returns punt for TD! 17-3 Pitt.

    23.5-3 at Caesar’s Palace.

  28. theplanisworking says:

    Hi Barb!
    Hope all is well with you, and I hope they keep this up.

  29. Milo Hamilton says:

    That thing moved 2.5 points in the last day or so. The “smart” guys must have gotten word on all the guys that were injured & AWOL. That’s a big old oops so far.

  30. theplanisworking says:

    I think Chryst got in players’ ears after the Miami fiasco, and reminds them daily they are a touchdown underdog to BOWLING GREEN.

    Just wish this message had gotten thru most of the year.

  31. theplanisworking says:

    I think Chryst got in players’ ears after the Miami fiasco, and reminds them daily they are a touchdown underdog to BOWLING GREEN.

    Just wish this message had gotten thru most of the year.

  32. Barb says:

    Amen to that however poor Aaron Donald is being double and triple teamed.

  33. Barb says:

    Who are the announcers for this game? They are horrible!

  34. Milo Hamilton says:

    Aaron Donald has carried this defense all year. He just gave Bowling Green 7 points & got then right back in the game.

  35. Milo Hamilton says:

    Dave Lamont & Ray Bentley.

  36. theplanisworking says:

    Tyler Boyd with an NFL caliber catch. :)

  37. Milo Hamilton says:

    And no flag ? Really ? What a catch !

  38. JohninOshkosh says:

    Savage needs this halftime.

  39. Barb says:

    I have never heard of them.

  40. Milo Hamilton says:

    As far as announcers go, Ray Bentley was a really good linebacker in Buffalo.

  41. theplanisworking says:

    Gene’s cousin, and some car guy.
    And it shows…………

  42. Milo Hamilton says:

    Paul Chryst must have promised that timeout to someone.

  43. JohninOshkosh says:

    Maybe he gave it to Tomlin to add to his collection.

  44. Milo Hamilton says:

    He also writes children’s books.

  45. Milo Hamilton says:

    Attention all Penn State recruits. Bill O’Brien will interview with the Texans.

  46. theplanisworking says:

    Maybe a Golden Panther?
    (If that booster group still exists)?

  47. Barb says:

    Ruh roh.

  48. Milo Hamilton says:

    Looks like Tom Savage is done. He must be really hurt. What a tough kid. Let the Chad Voytik era begin.

    Wish it was still 17-3.

  49. Milo Hamilton says:

    Wish it was still 17-10.

  50. theplanisworking says:

    Not a Pitt player even close on that return.
    If Voytik comes in, I see bad things.
    If we can see him…….

  51. Milo Hamilton says:

    Voytik has had trouble with snaps & exchanges.

  52. theplanisworking says:

    Well, looks like ol’ momentum is gone from Pitt’s side.

  53. JohninOshkosh says:

    Ugh, I run out to get dinner and this happens. Things do not look good, campers.

  54. Milo Hamilton says:

    Has Chris Wuestner caught a pass ? Ever ? I’m including the ones that have gone right through his hands.

  55. JohninOshkosh says:

    Nikki Noto needs to turn down the volume a bit.

  56. Milo Hamilton says:

    The answer is no. No he hasn’t.

  57. Milo Hamilton says:

    This is like when Pat Bostick would come in & Shady would have to win the game himself.

  58. Milo Hamilton says:


  59. JohninOshkosh says:

    Conner is awesome.

  60. florida steeler says:

    For those of you screaming for Voytik–well you got him. He is precisely why you CANNOT win in the ACC with two star recruits. The difference between he and Tyler Boyd is obvious, even by the Voytik cheerleaders.
    You do NOT coach up two star recruits to four star players.

  61. florida steeler says:

    Can the secondary cover anyone??

  62. JohninOshkosh says:

    I feel sorry for guys who have to tackle Conner. A bit of Ron Dayne in him.

  63. radio wave says:

    I was expectimg a NAC sweep tonight.

  64. theplanisworking says:

    OMG !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  65. JohninOshkosh says:


  66. theplanisworking says:


  67. theplanisworking says:

    Chad Voytik………….

    small in stature,
    big in heart.

  68. JRay3 says:

    What a drive by the FOUR star recruit out of TN, Chad Voytik, the deep throw on a line as good as you will see for 62 yards to Boyd and than the TD run by Voytik puts Pitt up 27-20.

    Huge drive!

  69. JRay3 says:

    Looks like a gamer….throw to Boyd as good as you will see, glad to him stepping up when the lights are shining on him.

  70. Barb says:

    GO PITT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  71. Barb says:


  72. JohninOshkosh says:


  73. Milo Hamilton says:

    Tyler Boyd – 173 yards receiving yards breaks Pitt’s all time bowl record set by Gordon Jones in the 1977 Gator Bowl.

  74. theplanisworking says:

    Yeah !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!2 ;)

  75. theplanisworking says:

    Not to pick nits here, but I do remember now Voytik was a 4 star recruit. However, if he couldnt beat out Savage, who was a transfer who didnt have a better grasp of the offense, that doesnt speak well for Mr. Voytik.

    But, barring a JC transfer coming in, he looks to be the starting QB.
    I hope Chryst designs a gameplan to fit Voytik’s strengths.

  76. Milo Hamilton says:

    Just an aside, I don’t care how many stars they are. Can they play, that’s all that matters. I rank recruiting classes on Senior Day. Florida St. & Auburn had real good ones 4 years ago.

  77. theplanisworking says:


  78. JRay3 says:

    Voytik showing the running ability, like his ability to scramble….reminds me a bit of Tyler Palko watching him.

    Conner just roughing up the BG defense today, all day.

  79. Milo Hamilton says:

    James Conner breaks Tony Dorsett’s bowl rushing record. Some big names falling tonight. Pretty good for a defensive end.

  80. Milo Hamilton says:

    Now, cover this kick please.

  81. theplanisworking says:

    Connor’s running style reminds me a bit of Ironhead Heyward.

  82. JRay3 says:

    Well the offense muscles its way down field for three to give Pitt the lead back. Defense needs to secure this win now.

  83. Milo Hamilton says:

    202 vs Georgia – 1977 Sugar Bowl.

  84. Milo Hamilton says:

    James Conner just got held pressuring the QB.

  85. JRay3 says:

    The effort Conner has given Pitt today on both sides of the ball is truly special to watch. What a remarkable effort he has turned in for Pitt, one of the best single game performances I’ve witnessed.

    And the four award winner, all everything lineman Donald may have just sealed it with his sack.

  86. Milo Hamilton says:

    4th & 40.

  87. JohninOshkosh says:

    This is why you go to bowl games, no matter how “minor.”

    Pitt got a good look at next year’s QB and RB. Played in a competitive game. All set for spring practice.

    Well done, Pitt.

  88. JRay3 says:

    What a nice way to cap this winning season for Paul Chryst and the Panthers. Voytik shines in the second half, the defense made the plays when it needed, Boyd is a superstar and Conner is just a football player.

    Certainly a lot of positives to head into spring ball with and some momentum for a program that needs some.

  89. JohninOshkosh says:

    Fun game.

  90. Drew71 says:

    Happy to be wrong.

    Corner-turning season.

  91. theplanisworking says:


    Wait, nice win for Pitt.
    This is why you play the games.

  92. BostonsCommon says:

    30-3 against the MAC

  93. Milo Hamilton says:

    These are few & far between. Over fate and foe victorious. Hail To Pitt.

  94. JRay3 says:

    +16, +40

    Pitt needed this, very nice way to finish the season for Coach Chryst and these kids. Voytik had a huge spring game last year had a huge second half in a bowl game now to build off of and is big experience for a young kid to get.

  95. Milo Hamilton says:

    I feel bad that Tom Savage couldn’t finish what he started. But it’s better going forward that Chad Voytik had to win this game.

  96. Drew71 says:

    That fate and foe thing was my wedding vow.

  97. theplanisworking says:

    Best 87 years of your life, right?

  98. Drew71 says:

    No. 87 married. Best THREE of my life.

  99. It couldn’t have been better, with Pitt winning its first bowl game by 3 points and securing its first winning season in 3 years, and, hopefully, Pitt will do even better next year!

  100. Milo Hamilton says:

    Rivals listed James Conner as a 3-star weakside defensive end. He also had offers from Bowling Green (oops), Eastern Michigan, Ohio, Toledo & Youngstown State.

    Recruiting is obviously an exact science.

  101. likeabugonarug says:

    Who were all these DB’s that I don’t remember seeing most of the year? And did Pitts get injured at some point? He didn’t seem to be playing much, or else they weren’t throwing to his side at all.


  102. Jason Smith says:

    Who cares? Dejean is a moron. The subject matter is inconsequential. Just read DiPaolo if you want to learn something.

  103. This might be the last Pizza Bowl since the Detroit Lions are now in the bowl business and might decide to host a bowl next year, and so, for Pitt’s sake, this was a great way to end that particular post season event.

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