Pitt is leading Navy, 21-7, at halftime at Heinz Field behind a strong first-half performance by quarterback Bill Stull.
The senior has completed 12 of 14 passes for 189 yards and one touchdown.
Stull also completed a pass to himself for a 23-yard reception when a Navy defender blocked his pass attempt at the line of scrimmage and it bounced back to Stull, who raced to the Navy 4. But Stull fumbled while being tackled and Navy recovered at its own 1.
Sophomore wide receiver Jonathan Baldwin has caught five passes for 100 yards – his only other collegiate 100-yard game came last season against Navy.
Freshman tailback Dion Lewis has rushed 11 times for 42 yards and a touchdown, his sixth of the season.
Pitt, playing without senior middle linebacker Adam Gunn (ankle), took the opening kickoff and drove 78 yards on 12 plays to take a 7-0 lead on Stull’s six-yard touchdown pass to wide senior Oderick Turner with 8:31 to play in the first quarter. It was only Turner’s second touchdown in his past 19 games.
Pitt went three and out on its next possession and Navy took over at its own 48. Helped by a questionable 15-yard late hit call on Pitt safety Dom DeCicco, Navy drove for a game-tying touchdown, 7-all, on quarterback Ricky Dobbs’ 1-yard scoring run late in the first quarter.
Pitt went ahead 14-7 on freshman tailback Ray Graham’s 15-yard touchdown run – the first score of his career – with 13:40 to play in the first half. After Stull’s fumble, Navy punter Kyle Delahooke bobbled the snap and Pitt took over at the Navy 14. Three plays later, Lewis scored on a 6-yard run for a 21-7 lead with 1:10 to play in the first half.