The 2003 edition to the Continental Tire Bowl featured the Pittsburgh Panthers, and the Virginia Cavaliers. The game was the second edition to this bowl game. The game was played on Saturday, December 27, 2003 at 11:00 AM EST. The win by Virginia, made them 2-0 all time in the game.
Virginia answered with a 1 yard rushing touchdown by running back Wali Lundy to take a 14-7 lead. Rod Rutherford threw a 17 yard touchdown pass to Brandon Miree, but the failed extra point made the score 14-13. Virginia's Connor Hughes kicked a 44 yard field goal before halftime to go up 17-13.
In the third quarter, Connor Hughes kicked a 30 yard field goal to increase the lead to 20-13. Pittsburgh's J.B. Gibbony kicked a 28 yard field goal to bring the score to 20-16. Connor Hughes closed the scoring with a 39 yard field goal to make the final score 23-16.
The 2003 Continental Tire Bowl was the only game in the 2003-04 season that Pittsburgh wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald did not catch a touchdown pass.