Tyler Boyd returned a punt for Pittsburgh to build a 17-3 lead midway through the second quarter. It was the first punt return for a touchdown by a Pittsburgh player since Darrelle Revis returned a punt for a touchdown against West Virginia on November 16, 2006. He later came up with a nice catch despite being pulled to the ground by a Bowling Green defender. Pittsburgh leads Bowling Green in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl 17-10 at the half tin Detroit.
Bowling Green was in danger of getting through the first half without a touchdown but a 4th and one 29-yard touchdown pass from Matt Johnson to Alex Bayer got the Falcons in the end zone and made it a one-score game before the half.
Bowling Green has clearly been making an effort to not let Pittsburgh’s Aaron Donald have an impact, but the emphasis on blocking against Donald may be backfiring as the rest of the defensive line has been having a field day in the Bowling Green backfield. The Panthers have five sacks in the half, none by Donald.
Pitt quarterback Tom Savage headed to the locker room just before the clock expired in the first half after being taken to the ground with a big hit.