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Pitt accepts invitation to Little Caesars Bowl on Dec. 26

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Pitt will play in its eleventh bowl since 2000 and its sixth consecutive since 2008 when it plays in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl at Ford Field in Detroit against Mac Champion Bowling Green on December 26 at 6 p.m. e.t.

The Falcons advanced to the bowl after beating fourteenth-ranked and undefeated Northern Illinois 47-27 in the MAC Championship game on Friday.

The University of Pittsburgh announced its acceptance of the invitation on Sunday night in conjunction with the College Football Bowl television show. Pitt head coach Paul Chryst is happy about extending the season for one more game.

“We’re excited for the chance to play in another game against such a quality opponent,” said head coach Paul Chryst. “Bowling Green was impressive not only in their MAC Championship win, but all season long and we have a competitive game of football ahead. We are grateful to the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl and the City of Detroit for offering us this opportunity.”

This will be the fourth game between Pitt (6-6, 3-5 ACC) and the Falcons (10-3, 7-1 MAC) dating back to 1999. The Panthers hold a 2-1 advantage in the series.

Pitt (6-6, 3-5 ACC) last played Bowling Green (10-3, 7-1 MAC) in the opening game of the 2008 season under head coach Dave Wannstedt. The Panthers entered the season with high hopes but the Falcons upset them at home 27-17.

In the first matchup between the two teams, Pitt, under head coach Walt Harris, hosted Bowling Green in the opening game of the 1999 season and came away with a dominant 30-10 win.

The Panthers traveled to Bowling Green for the return game the next season and won 34-16.

Pitt Athletic Director Steve Pederson is happy about the game being driving distance from Pittsburgh.

"We are very pleased to have this opportunity for Coach Chryst and our team to play in another bowl game," Pitt athletic director Steve Pederson said. "The location and the date are ideal for Pitt fans to be able to enjoy being a part of the bowl experience. A bowl appearance is significant in many ways, especially as Coach Chryst continues to build this program toward our next championship. We are grateful to the people of Detroit for making this possible. We will have an excited team arriving in Detroit for the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl."

The Panthers are 12-17 all-time in bowl games.

for more info: Pitt web site

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