Nothing Special: Mids lose to Pitt, 27 -14

Bad special teams play and an inconsistent offense couldn't bail out a solid defensive effort as Navy lost to Pittsburgh 27-14 to fall to 1-2 on the season. Panthers Bill Stull completed 17 of 24 passes for 245 yards and a touchdown to lead the Big East favorites. Meanwhile, the Mids rushed for a season low 129 yards and never really appeared to get into a rhythm.

From the opening kick-off, Navy's special teams set the tone for what would be a disappointing night. After fielding the ball cleanly, Pitt kick-off returner Antwaun Reed fumbled the ball and it bounced right to Navy linebacker Ram Vela. However, Vela tried to pick the ball up instead of falling on it and Pitt managed to recover their own fumble. The Panthers never looked back. On that ensuing drive, they marched 89 yards on 12 plays and scored the first touchdown of the game on a six yard pass from Stull to Oderick Turner.

For the second time in two games, Navy's offense couldn't get anything started on its first drive. After three plays netted minus one yard, the Mids were forced to punt. However, Pitt roughed Navy punter Kyle Delahooke which gave the Mids another chance on its initial series. However they only managed five yards with the second chance.

After Pitt's second drive stalled, Navy got the ball back and put together their best drive of the night with a little help from the Panthers. On Navy's first play, Marcus Curry rushed for 16 yards and was hit out of bounds which gave the Mids a first down at Pitt's 20-yard line. Six plays later, Ricky Dobbs ran one yard for the score to tie the game at 7-7. That's when Pitt took control of the game.

After an inexplicably short kick-off by Jon Teague gave Pitt the ball at their own 43 yard line, it only took five plays to find the end zone again. This time it was Ray Graham running it in for the Panthers from 15 yards out.

On Navy's next drive, they advanced the ball to Pitt's 10-yard line, thanks in large part by a 42-yard run by fullback Alexander Teich. It was the longest run of the season for Navy's triple option offense. However, this drive would not produce any points as Navy kicker Joe Buckley missed a 32-yard field goal.

Pitt quickly marched the ball into the red zone, however a Stull fumble at the one-yard line was recovered by Navy rover Wyatt Middleton. The Mids however were thwarted once again by a special teams miscue. After Navy's offense stalled at their own 38 yard line, Delahooke fumbled the ball as he went to drop it on his foot. He could only manage to boot it off the turf which is of course illegal. The result of the miscue was great field position for the Panthers. It took Pitt three plays to go 15 yards and the drive was capped this time by freshman running back Dion Lewis' six yard scamper. Lewis' run closed out the scoring for the first half and gave the Panthers a comfortable 21-7 lead.

On Navy's first three possessions of the second half, they only managed 11 yards on 9 plays. Meanwhile, Navy's defense was finally having some success in stopping Pitt's offense - limiting the Panthers to 3 points in the third quarter.

However, Navy's offense could never get anything going in the fourth quarter and Pitt added another field goal with just over five minutes left to put the game out of reach.

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