Posted by ESPN.com's Brian Bennett
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The 16-day layoff hasn't hurt Pitt's offense one bit.
Three possessions, three touchdowns for the Panthers, who had their best first quarter of the season. And it's so important to get ahead of Navy and make the Mids play catch-up.
The Panthers' defense was shredded on Navy's opening drive, which ended with a pitch to Shun White for a 40-yard touchdown. But Jabaal Sheard got a sack and forced a fumble on the first play of the next Midshipmen drive, and then Pitt forced a three-and-out.
For Pitt, Gus Mustakas started on the defensive line in place of Mick Williams, who has a concussion. Mustakas recovered the fumble that set up the third score.