Photos: Navy beats Pitt 44-28, part 1
Navy's Keenan Reynolds (#19) warms up for his final college game.
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan was in attendance for the Military Bowl game on December 28, 2015.
Navy's spirit Button... Simple and precise. Beat Pitt!
The Pitt Panther is ready to help cheer on his team.
Pitt runs into the locker room after warmups.
Navy goes into their locker room after warmups.
Team Fastrax Parachute Jump Team consists of military veterans from the Rangers, Special Forces and Airborne units who have combined to make more than 300,000 skydives. Jumping into the stadium today are Alex Hart, Dave Hart, John Garrido, Dan Paganini, John Hart, Nathan Moore, and Dana Bowman.
Pitt is first to take the field, led by their coach, Pat Narduzzi.
Navy gets ready to take the field, joined by their coach, Ken Niumatalolo. Carrying the American flags are (L-R) Co-Captain Bernie Sarra (#77), Co-Captain Keenan Reynolds (#19), and Demond Brown (#25).
The National Anthem was sung by Miss America 2016 Betty Cantrell, who is from Warner-Robins, GA., and is a junior at Mercer University studying musical performance.
Today's flyover was provided by The Gunslingers, VFA-105, based out of Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach, VA. Flying F/A-18E Super Hornets today are Lead Jet Lt. Rick "IKEA" Stolworthy of New Albany, IN.; Right Wing Lt. Ben "Tuggerz" Witt of Fort Benton, MT.; Left Wing Lt. Bill "Lemur" Revell of Florence, SC.; and Slot LCDR Andrew "Nemo" Wyrick of Little Rock, AR. The Gunslingers are in the process of "work ups" in preparation for deployment this summer with CVW-3 aboard CVN-69 Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Pitt's Honorary Captain for today's game is James Conner, #24, Junior All-American running back who is battling cancer.
Navy wins the toss and elects to defer. Pitt will receive and defend the North End Zone. Navy's Austin Grebe (#43) kicks off 65 yards to start the game.
Pitt's #10 (Quadree Henderson) returns the opening kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown. Clock 14:46.
Pitt's #12 (Chris Blewitt) has a successful PAT to make the score: Pitt 7, Navy 0.
After Pitt's 65 yard kickoff for a touchback, Navy's Chris Swain (#37) goes to work and gets 11 yards before Pitt's #9 (Jordan Whitehead) stops him at the Navy36.
Navy's Demond Brown (#25) rushes for a yard but is stopped by Pitt's #15 (Reggie Mitchell).
Navy's Toneo Gulley (#22) gets around the outside for 3 yards before he's stopped by Pitt #47 (Matt Galambos) at the UP13.
Navy's Keenan Reynolds (#19) pushes through the final yard to get into the end zone for his 86th rushing Touchdown. Clock 09:26.
Navy's Austin Grebe (#43) has a successful PAT to tie to score: Navy 7, Pitt 7.
Pitt #23 (Tyler Boyd) rushes to gain 21 yards before Navy's Quincy Adams (#5) races him out-of-bounds at the 50-yard line.
After two incomplete passes, Pitt is forced to punt at 4th and 7. Pitt #18 (Ryan Winslow) makes a 33-yard punt to the Navy14.
Navy's pass to Demond Brown is complete for 26 yards and it takes both Pitt #9 (Jordan Whitehead) and #14 (Avonte Maddox) to bring him down at the Navy40.
Navy's pass is complete to DeBrandon Sanders (#21) who eats up 16 yards before Pitt #9 (Jordan Whitehead) is able to bring him down at the UP18.
Navy's Dishan Romine (#28) steps out at the first down marker after gaining 3 yards to get Navy to the UP7.
Navy's Keenan Reynolds (#19) gets some air as he powers into the end zone for his 87th rushing Touchdown... Clock 00:41.
Navy's PAT by Austin Grebe (#43) is successful, bringing the score to Navy 14, Pitt 7.
In the final play of the first quarter, Pitt's #37 (Qadree Ollison) rushes for 4 yards before Navy's Bernie Sarra (#77) is able to bring him down at the UP41. Score at the end of the 1st Quarter: Navy 14, Pitt 7.
Pitt's #4 (Nate Peterman) completes the pass to #19 (Dontez Ford) for 11 yards but Navy's Quincy Adams (#5) is on the job and stops his progress at the Navy41.
Pitt #9 (Jordan Whitehead) racks up 22 yards but Navy's Ted Colburn (#55) catches him at the Navy14.
Pitt #4 (Nate Peterman) rushes for 2 yards before he's taken down by Navy's Josiah Powell (#48) and Jarvis Polu (#67) at the Navy11, bringing up a 4th and 7 situation.
Pitt #12 (Chris Blewitt) misses the field goal attempt from the 29 - wide left. The ball is spotted at the Navy20. Clock 11:43.
Navy's pitch, seen here, to Dishan Romine (#28) results in a pick up of 7 yards to the Navy37. Pitt #47 (Matt Galambos) and #6 (Lafayette Pitts) are ultimately credited with the stop.
Navy's pass is complete to Toneo Gulley (#22) for 16 yards where he's wrapped up by Pitt #15 (Reggie Mitchell) at the UP45.
After a delay of game penalty pushes the Mids back to a 4th and 11 situation, Alex Barta (Navy #80) punts 13 yards to the UP33, out-of-bounds.
Pitt #22 (Darrin Hall) rushes for a loss of 2 yards due to the combined efforts of Navy's Patrick Forrestal (#68) and Mike Kelly (#49).
Pitt pass to #23 (Tyler Boyd) is complete for 8 yards but Navy's Josiah Powell (#48) is ready and able to make the stop at the UP44.
Pitt's pass by #4 (Nate Peterman) is intercepted by Navy's Lorentez Barbour (#2) at the Navy16. Navy takes over; the clock is 06:04.
Navy's pass is complete to Tyler Carmona (#88) for 12 yards and a 1st down at the Navy32. Pitt #9 (Jordan Whitehead) is ultimately credited with the stop.
Navy's pass is complete to DeBrandon Sanders (#21) for 14 yards to the UP18 before he's stopped out-of-bounds by Pitt #9 (Jordan Whitehead).
Navy's 11-yard pass is complete to Tyler Carmona (#88) for the Touchdown. Clock 01:41.
Navy PAT by Austin Grebe (#43) is good. The score is now Navy 21, Pitt 7...
Pitt #19 (Dontez Ford) returns the 40-yard kickoff 17 yards and is run out-of-bounds by Navy's Elijah Merchant (#14) at the UP42.
Pitt pass is complete for 20 yards to #19 (Dontez Ford). Navy's Lorentez Barbour (#2) is on hand to contain but it's Daiquan Thomasson (#26) who is credited with the stop at the Navy38.
Pitt pass is intercepted by Navy's Brandon Clements (#1) at the Navy0 and returns the ball to the Navy15. Pitt #69 (Adam Bisnowaty) is credited with the stop. Navy drive starts at 00:36.
In the final play of the second quarter, Navy's Chris Swain (#37) rushes 3 yards to the Navy18. Score at the end of the first half of play: Navy 21, Pitt 7.
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