Canadian-Polish Songstress Sings National
Anthems At Little Caesars Pizza Bowl
DETROIT – Chad Voytik came on in relief and helped lead Pittsburgh to a 30-27 victory as Chris Blewitt kicked a 39-yard field goal with 1:17 remaining. The dramatic kick gave the Panthers an emphatic win over Bowling Green State in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl at Ford Field.
The score was tied 20-20 coming into the fourth quarter but Pitt dominated most of the statistics.
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 173 yards.
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 272 yards with two touchdowns, but took two costly sacks on Bowling Green’s final possession.
The game festivities were highlighted by two homes given to returning veterans and the National Anthems sung by Magda Kaminski. The game was broadcast internationally on ESPN and the Armed Forces Network. The full marching bands from both Pitt and BGSU performed at half-time.
By Raymond Rolak