Pitt scored first on a 72-yard touchdown pass from John Turman to Antonio Bryant, taking an early 7-0 lead. Iowa State answered with a 23-yard pass from Sage Rosenfels to Chris Anthony, tying the game at 7, at the end of the 1st quarter.
In the second quarter, Joe Woodley scored on a 1-yard touchdown run for ISU making it 13-7. Ennis Haywood added a 3-yard touchdown run making it 20-7. Sage Rosenfels threw his second touchdown pass of the game, a 9 yarder to Chris Anthony, as Iowa State made it 27-7 at halftime.
In the third quarter, Pitt quarterback Rod Rutherford scored on a 2-yard touchdown run, making it 27-14. John Turman later threw a 44-yard touchdown pass to Antonio Bryant making it 27-20.
In the fourth quarter, Iowa State's JaMaine Billups scored on a 72-yard punt return, bringing Iowa State to 34-20. Pitt's Nick Lotz kicked a 25-yard field goal, cutting the deficit to 34-23. Kevan Barlow scored on a 3-yard touchdown run, but the 2-point conversion attempt failed, leaving the score at 34-29. Iowa State's Carl Gomez kicked a 41-yard field goal to cap the scoring at 37-29.
Sage Rosenfels and Reggie Hayward got the MVPs. This was Iowa State's first bowl victory in school history after four previous losses.