Pitt edges Bowling Green in Little Caesars Bowl

Updated: December 26, 2013

Detroit, MI (SportsNetwork.com) – Chad Voytik came on in relief and helped
lead Pittsburgh to a postseason victory, as Chris Blewitt’s 39-yard field goal
with 1:17 remaining gave the Panthers a 30-27 win over Bowling Green in the
Little Caesars Pizza Bowl at Ford Field.

Voytik, a redshirt freshman, ran for a key touchdown after relieving injured
starting quarterback Tom Savage in the second half and played mistake-free
ball as James Conner and Tyler Boyd carried Pitt (7-6) to its first bowl
victory and winning season since 2010.

Conner set the Panthers’ bowl rushing record with 229 yards and a touchdown on
26 carries, while Boyd returned a punt for a score and caught eight passes for
a program-record 173 yards.

New Bowling Green head coach Dino Babers watched from the sideline as the MAC-
champion Falcons (10-4) rallied from an early 14-point deficit before falling
just short of tying a program record for wins in a season

Matt Johnson threw for 273 yards with two touchdowns, but took two costly
sacks on Bowling Green’s final possession.