First quarter: Pittsburgh 21, Navy 7

October, 18, 2008
10/18/08
4:14
PM ET
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.

Pitt's offensive line has been dominant, and LeSean McCoy has been slicing through the Navy defense with his speed and vision. LaRod Stephens-Howling has punched it in for two touchdowns.

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.

Navy's Kaipo-Noa Kaheaku-Enhada has not played, as his hamstring apparently has not healed. Jarod Bryant started at quarterback for the Midshipmen.

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.

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