Here is a very specific prediction of what I think will happen tonight. Enjoy.
The Pittsburgh Panthers got a late field goal to take a back-and-forth
Little Caesar’s Quick Lane Bowl 30-27 over Bowling Green Eastern Michigan Thursday night. The Panthers (7-6) 8-5 finished with a winning record bowl win for the first time since 2010 2013, while Bowling Green (10-4) Eastern Michigan (6-7) become the sixth third MAC team in the last seven six years to lose in the Pizza Quick Lane Bowl.
The Panthers built a 17-3 first half lead, highlighted by a
Tyler Boyd Shockey Jacques-Louis 54-yard punt return for a score, and it looked like Pitt could run away from Bowling Green EMU. The Falcons Eagles got a 29-yard touchdown pass late in the half, though, which cut the Pitt lead down to seven points. Bowling Green EMU returner BooBoo Gates Dylan Drummond then returned the second half’s opening kick 94 yards for a score, tying the game at 17. An exchange of field goals left the game tied at 20 entering the fourth quarter.
The game was especially chippy for a mid-tier bowl. Both teams were hit with personal fouls for fighting, and
Bowling Green’s EMU’s D.J. Lynch Kobie Beltram almost cost the Falcons Eagles the return touchdown by throwing four punches at Pitt’s Manasseh Garner Will Gragg behind the play. Also a Pitt player was ejected for targeting.
Tom Savage, Kenny Pickett who passed Dan Marino and Alex Van Pelt Tino Sunseri on the Pitt single-season passing all-time passing attempts (Pickett is now 4th) record board Thursday night. Savage Pickett was knocked out of the game with a rib shoulder injury and missed the second half. Backup Chad Voytik Nick Patti played well in relief, completing 5 of 9 passes for 108 yards. With nine minutes to play, Voytik Patti connected with Boyd Jacques-Louis on a 62-yard pass play. Two plays later, Voytik Patti took a bootleg five yards for the go-ahead score. Bowling Green’s Matt Johnson EMU’s Mike Glass led the Falcons Eagles back down the field, completing five consecutive passes for 76 yards in a 75-yard touchdown drive. Johnson Glass capped the drive with a 15-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Burbrink Arthur Jackson. For the third time, the score was tied, and Pitt had four minutes to engineer a scoring drive. Voytik Patti again hit Bowling Green EMU with the bootleg, running for 19 yards on the second play of the drive. Freshman halfback James Conner Vincent Davis, who had hammered Bowling Green for nearly 10 yards per carry on 22 carries broken free for a couple of long runs to that point, ran for another 20 to put Pitt in field goal range. Two more Conner runs AJ Davis (no relation to Vincent) runs bled the clock below two minutes and set up 3rd and 1 from the 21. Bowling Green’s EMU’s defense stopped Conner AJ Davis on third down, though, and unfortunately-named blue-suede shoe-wearing Pitt kicker Chris Blewitt Alex Kessman kicked a 38-yard field goal to give the Panthers a 30-27 lead with 1:17 on the clock.
A penalty on the kickoff left
Bowling Green EMU with a long field, and a Aaron Donald Jaylen Twyman sack left the Falcons Eagles facing 3rd and 31 from their own 10. Pitt defensive tackle Tyrone Ezell Amir Watts got yet another sack, and Bowling Green needed 40 yards to keep their hopes alive, and a series of laterals fell short.
The more things change, the more things stay the same. Pitt wins this one 30-27.
What do you think?
Hail to Pitt