Bowling Green Drops Home Opener to Pittsburgh, 34-16

Updated 9/9/2000
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (AP) (September 9, 2000) -- Bowling Green quarterback Andy Sahm completed 19 of 38 passes with a touchdown, but Bowling Green fell to Pittsburgh, 34-16 at Doyt L. Perry Stadium.

John Turman came off the bench to toss three touchdown passes for Pittsburgh.

David Priestley started at quarterback for the Panthers, who opened the scoring on Nick Lotz's 36-yard field goal. But on their next two possessions they lost fumbles, the second leading to a tying field goal by Mike Knapp.

Turman came in and provided a pair of quick strikes which turned the game around.

R.J. English pulled in a 31-yard scoring pass from Turman early in the second quarter. On their next possession, the Panthers scored on Turman's 56-yard pass to Antonio Bryant.

Bryant, who later added a 29--yard scoring pass from Turman and a 47-yard TD reception from Priestley, finished with nine catches for 180 yards.

Turman completed 12-of-17 passes for 207 yards, while Priestley was 10-of-15 for 114 yards. Pittsburgh passed for 321 yards, but was limited to just 36 rushing yards on 35 attempts.

The Panthers outscored Bowling Green 31-0 in the second and third quarters.

Andy Sahm ran for one touchdown and passed 7 yards to David Bautista as the Falcons ran off 13 fourth-quarter points. Sahm completed 19-of-38 passes for 197 yards with one interception.

Like Pittsburgh, Bowling Green had difficulty moving the ball on the ground, rushing for 35 yards on 39 attempts.