Eastern Michigan football team looking for elusive 1st-ever bowl win tonight at Quick Lane Bowl in Detroit
By LARRY LAGE
AP Sports Writer
DETROIT — Pittsburgh and Eastern Michigan will meet in the Quick Lane Bowl tonight hoping to end postseason droughts. The Panthers are 0-4 in bowls under coach Pat Narduzzi, while the Eagles have lost all three of their bowls as a Division I football program.
Pitt (7-5) had higher hopes for the postseason after surging to a 5-2 record with four straight victories, but losing three of four games pushed the Atlantic Coast Conference team to the lower-tier bowl at 8 p.m. in Detroit.
Eastern Michigan (6-6) is not so picky, especially because Toledo, another Mid-American Conference program, is not playing this postseason despite being bowl eligible.
EMU has earned a bowl bid in consecutive years for the first time in school history and for the third time in four years under coach Chris Creighton. Before Creighton was hired in 2014, the Eagles played in only one bowl game as a Division I program.
Pittsburgh’s strength is its defense while Eastern Michigan leans heavily on offense to win games.
The Panthers average four-plus sacks a game, ranking second in the nation, as five players have at least nine. They give up 302.5 yards per game, ranking 11th in the country, and have the 11th-ranked defense against the run and 20th against the pass.
Eagles quarterback Mike Glass ranks 17th in the nation with 291.2 yards of offense a game, helping the team average 29.1 points. Glass accounted for 3,203 yards of offense and 29 TDs this season.