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The Associated Press | December 26, 2013 11:25 PM EST | AP

DETROIT (AP) — James Conner ran for 229 yards — breaking a Pittsburgh bowl record set by Tony Dorsett — and Chris Blewitt kicked a field goal with 1:17 left, lifting the Panthers to a 30-27 victory over Bowling Green on Thursday night in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl.

Conner also played a handful of snaps on the defensive line, and fellow freshman Tyler Boyd gave Pitt (7-6) a boost with eight catches for 173 yards — also a school bowl record. Boyd scored on a punt return in the first half.

Bowling Green (10-4) tied it at 17 when BooBoo Gates took the second-half kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown.

Dorsett ran for 202 yards in Pitt's win over Georgia in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1, 1977. Gordon Jones set the school's receiving record for a bowl the next season with 163 yards in a Gator Bowl win over Clemson.

The 6-foot-2 Conner rushed for 165 yards in the second half, helping Pitt overcome the loss of quarterback Tom Savage, who didn't play after halftime because of a rib injury.