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Football faces Navy's nationally ranked rushing attack this Saturday

Isaac Bennett and the Panthers face Navy on Saturday.

Isaac Bennett and the Panthers face Navy on Saturday.

Oct. 21, 2013

Pitt (4-2, 2-2 ACC) vs. Navy (3-3)

Oct. 26, 2013 • 1 p.m., ET • CBS Sports Network

Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (34,000/FieldTurf) • Annapolis, Md.


Pitt Game Notes Link:
Navy Game

Pat Bostick Previews Pitt vs. Navy

Game Storylines

• Pitt and Navy renew ties for the first time since 2009 — and the 39th time overall — when the Panthers visit Annapolis this Saturday. The Panthers are looking to take another step toward bowl eligibility by earning their fifth win on the year.

• The Midshipmen once again rank among the country’s most prolific rushing teams. Navy averages 304.2 rush yards per game to rank sixth nationally. In their double-overtime loss at Toledo last week, the Midshipmen piled up 419 yards and five TDs on the ground.

• Pitt’s efforts to slow down Navy’s running game will be led by defensive tackle Aaron Donald. The senior All-America candidate has been a fixture in the opponent’s backfield this season and leads the country in sacks per game (1.33 avg.) and tackles for loss per game (2.08 avg.).

Aaron Donald is the nation’s active leader in career sacks with 26.5, which ranks tied for fourth all-time at Pitt. Donald is a viable candidate for no fewer than five national defensive awards this season.

• After sitting out last week’s game due to injury, senior receiver Devin Street eyes a return to action and the chance to make history. Street needs only two receptions to become the all-time leading pass catcher in Pitt history. Street has 177 career catches and is looking to surpass Latef Grim, who had 178 from 1998-2000.

• Some of the most famous moments in Pitt football history have taken place at Navy-Marine Corps Stadium. On Oct. 23, 1976, Tony Dorsett set the NCAA career rushing mark on a breathtaking 32-yard touchdown run as Pitt rolled past the Midshipmen, 45-0. Dorsett would win the Heisman Trophy that season and Pitt would claim the national championship with a 12-0 record.

• This year’s Pitt-Navy game will be played on the 50th anniversary of the teams’ famed 1963 matchup. On Oct. 26, 1963, the Midshipmen and Heisman-winning quarterback Roger Staubach defeated Pitt, 24-12, in Annapolis. It was the Panthers’ only loss that year as they finished 9-1 and ranked as high as No. 3 nationally. Navy finished 9-2 and ranked No. 2.   


Pitt-Navy History in Brief

Series Began: 1912

Series Overall: Pitt leads 22-13-3

At Pittsburgh: Pitt leads 12-4-2

At Navy: Pitt leads 10-6-1

At Neutral Sites: Navy leads 3-0

OT Games: Navy leads 1-0

Last Meeting at Pitt: Sept. 19, 2009 (Pitt 27, Navy 14)

Last Meeting at Navy: Oct. 18, 2008 (Pitt 42, Navy 21)

Current Series Streak: Pitt has won 2 (2008-09)

Longest Pitt Series Win Streak: 6 games (1914-16; 1933-34; 1954)

Longest Navy Series Win Streak: 4 games (1965-68)

Largest Pitt Victory Margin: 46 points (52-6, 1988)

Largest Navy Victory Margin: 23 points (32-9, 1962)

Pitt-Navy Series Notes

Pitt holds a 22-13-3 advantage over Navy in a series that began in 1912...the Panthers have won each of the past two encounters, including 27-14 at Heinz Field in 2009...in the last game played in Annapolis, Pitt defeated the Midshipmen, 42-21, in 2008...Navy’s last win in the series occurred in 2007, a 48-45 decision that took two overtimes...the ‘07 encounter marked the first meeting between the two teams since 1989...Pitt and the Midshipmen played 19 consecutive times between 1961-79, followed by seven consecutive meetings from 1983-89...Pitt’s longest win streak in the series is six games (1914-16; 1933-34; 1954), while Navy’s is four games (1965-68)...two of the most famous games in the Pitt-Navy series took place in Annapolis...on Oct. 23, 1976, Tony Dorsett set the NCAA career rushing mark on a breathtaking 32-yard touchdown run in a 45-0 Pitt victory...Dorsett would win the Heisman Trophy that season and Pitt would claim the 1976 national championship with a 12-0 record...on the opposite end of the emotional spectrum from a Pitt perspective, the Panthers suffered their only loss of the 1963 season with a 24-12 setback to the host Midshipmen and quarterback Roger Staubach, who would win the Heisman that year...the 2013 Pitt-Navy game falls on the same date — 50 years later — as that famed ‘63 encounter.


Pitt-Navy Broadcast Information

Television • CBS Sports Network

Brad Johansen, play-by-play

Randy Cross, analyst

Sheehan Burch, reporter

Pitt Radio • 93.7 The Fan & the Pitt IMG Sports Network

Bill Hillgrove, play-by-play

Pat Bostick, analyst

Gregg Giannotti, reporter

Larry Richert, reporter

SiriusXM Satellite Radio

Sirius Channel 93, XM Channel 196

Internet Audio • Panthers All-Access

PittsburghPanthers.com


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