October 11, 2007

Four-point spread: Pitt vs. Navy

Play of the game

Bostick to Turner on a screen

The play didn't score a touchdown, but Pat Bostick's screen pass to Oderick Turner in the third quarter was a pretty impressive play nonetheless. Navy had just tied the score at 28, but a 45-yard kickoff return from Lowell Robinson gave the Pitt offense the ball at the Navy 45 yard line. On the first play of the drive, the Panthers came out in a five-wide shotgun set, a rare formation for the generally more conservative Matt Cavanaugh. Turner, who was split out wide to the right, ran back through the formation after the snap and caught the screen pass from Bostick before turning upfield and gaining 17 yards.

Granted, the play didn't score, but it was almost just as notable for what it accomplished: the "behind the line of scrimmage" style of passing is a Cavanaugh favorite; this time it worked.

Drive of the game

Pitt's final drive of the first half

Pitt and Navy went back and forth throughout the entire game Wednesday night, and after the Midshipmen took a 21-14 lead with just over five minutes left in the second quarter, it was imperative that the Panthers respond. The response they were looking for came straight Bostick, the freshman quarterback.

Pitt started at its own 22, and Bostick opened the drive by hitting tight end John Pelusi for a 15-yard pickup. Bostick followed that pass with a 14-yarder to Turner that moved the Panthers into Navy territory. After a three-yard pass to Darrell Strong, LaRod Stephens-Howling got his first two carries of the game and picked up eight yards. On second-and-10 from the Navy 38, Bostick threw to Turner once again, and this time the redshirt sophomore receiver broke free for 27 yards. From the 11, Conredge Collins rushed for four yards and LeSean McCoy picked up another two before Bostick hooked up with Turner once again on a five-yard touchdown pass. The drive left just 40 seconds on the clock, and while that would be enough time for Navy to get on the scoreboard one last time before the half, it had been an effective drive from the Panthers.

The drive covered 78 yards in 9 plays and lasted 4:26.

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