Pitt to play Houston in Armed Forces Bowl


By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

Pitt has been selected to play in the Armed Forces Bowl against Houston in Ft. Worth, Texas.

The game is scheduled for Jan. 2, according to a 5:20 p.m. announcement on Sunday.

Houston (7-5, 5-3 AAC) is led by running back Kenneth Farrow, who rushed for 939 yards and 12 touchdowns this season. Quarterback Greg Ward, Jr. has accumulated more than 2,000 total yards this season with 15 total touchdowns (nine passing and six rushing).

Last season, Pitt defeated Bowling Green in the Little Caesar’s Pizza Bowl in Detroit, 30-27. James Conner ran for 229 yards and a touchdown in the game.

In 2012, Pitt lost to Ole Miss in the BBVA Compass Bowl, 38-17. That game was the Panthers’ third straight Compass Bowl appearance.

Pitt has now played in a bowl game for seven straight years, as the team’s 5-7 finish in 2007 marked the last time the Panthers have missed out on a bowl game.

This season was Pitt’s fourth straight 6-6 regular season finish, and the third straight of head coach Paul Chryst’s tenure.

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