A Quick Look at Pittsburgh
If you forgot how last year's game between Navy and Pittsburgh went, here's a link to my game story from the 42-21 Panthers victory. It was Navy's most lopsided loss of the season, and was the one time that the Midshipmen truly looked outclassed on both sides of the ball.
The defense gave up a season-high 499 yards of total offense to Pittsburgh, then ranked No. 23. Tailback LeSean McCoy rushed for 156 yards and three touchdowns; quarterback Bill Stull completed 65 percent of his passes for 255 yards. The Panthers had six plays of 20 yards or longer, including a 58-yard touchdown run by McCoy and a 60-yard touchdown pass by Jonathan Baldwin.
Navy's offense managed just 251 total yards, its third-lowest total of the season. Pittsburgh linebacker Scott McKillop was credited with nine tackles (seven solo), and disrupted the Midshipmen throughout the game.
"They had a good scheme," Coach Ken Niumatalolo said. "They made us block and we couldn't. They executed their defense better than we executed our offense."
The good news for Navy is that McCoy and McKillop are now in the NFL. The bad news is that Pittsburgh appears to have already found a replacement for McCoy in freshman Dion Lewis, who is third overall in the country in rushing with 319 yards on 44 attempts. He scored on an 85-yard run against Buffalo last week.
"They're the same Pittsburgh: big, fast, strong," Niumatalolo said. "We're definitely going to have our hands full. They got after us last year."
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