Report Card: Navy vs. Pittsburgh

Kaipo-Noa Kaheaku-Enhada (AP/Keith Srakocic)

It's in the record books now: Navy 48 Pittsburgh 45. GoMids.com's analyzes every element of the Navy's performance and assigns a grade to each area.


Navy
48

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Pittsburgh
45

AREA GRADE
COMMENTS
PASSING OFFENSE
A
Kaipo kept the Pitt defense honest against the run by completing 9 of 14 passes for 166 yards and 2 touchdowns. He was not intercepted.
RUSHING OFFENSE
A
Navy, led by Kaipo, Eric Kettani, and Adam Ballard piled up 331 yards and 4 touchdowns rushing on the night.
PASSING DEFENSE
C
Pitt quarterback Pat Bostick finished with 191 yards passing and completed 20 of 28 passes but Navy limited him to just one touchdown toss. Rashawn King made the play of the game when he successfully defended Bostick's final pass. King also had an interception.
RUSHING DEFENSE
C-
LeSean McCoy tore through the Navy defense for 169 yards and 3 touchdowns. However, Navy stopped him when it counted: at Navy's 2-yard-line in overtime which forced Pitt's lame last play.
SPECIAL TEAMS
B
Navy's Joey Bullen made 2 of 2 field goals including the winning one. Reggie Campbell had an outstanding 60-yards kickoff return.
COACHING
A
Just as predicted, Navy's coaching was clearly superior to Pitt's. Paul Johnson is a calculated risk taker. However, he takes sound risks, unlike the risk Pitt took on the final play of the game.
OVERALL GRADE
B
This win likely means Navy will be bowling . . . again. The Mids have some tough games coming up including the next one against Wake Forest but they'll certainly be able to pick up at least two more wins. Paul Johnson and a bunch of scrappy players insure that.

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