Kenny Pickett threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Taysir Mack with 47 seconds left and Pitt held on to beat Eastern Michigan, 34-30, in the Quick Lane Bowl on Thursday night.
After taking its first lead of the game, Pitt (8-5) then forced Eastern Michigan (6-7) to turn it over on downs from its 40. That sealed Pitt’s first bowl victory in four appearances under coach Pat Narduzzi.
The Eagles came up just short in a closely contested game, just as they did in three previous bowls under coach Chris Creighton.
Eastern Michigan quarterback Mike Glass was ejected with 10 seconds left after throwing punches at two players. Eagles cornerback Kevin McGill was ejected earlier for unsportsmanlike conduct.
Glass was 28 of 50 for 311 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. The senior also ran for 83 yards and a score.
Pickett completed 27 of 39 passes for 361 yards and three scores, including a school-record, 96-yard TD pass to Maurice Ffrench, who posted career-high totals of 12 catches for 165 yards in his final collegiate game.