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October 26, 2013
Notebook: Pitt falls, Street sets record
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Pitt suffered its third loss of the season Saturday when the Panthers fell to Navy 24-21 at Navy-Marine Corps Stadium. Here's a collection of news and notes from the game.
- The positive from Saturday's game was Devin Street's place in Pitt history. The redshirt senior receiver caught nine passes for 96 yards and a touchdown, and his second catch of the game made him the all-time leading receiver in Pit history. He has 186 catches in his career at Pitt.
- Street's 96 yards also moved him ahead of Larry Fitzgerald and Latef Grim for third place on the all-time receiving yardage list. He now has 2,692 yards in his career; he needs 312 yards to pass Dietrich Jells for second on the list and 370 yards to pass Antonio Bryant for the top spot.
- On the season, Street has 35 receptions for 645 yards, giving him averages of 5.8 receptions and 107.5 yards for the six games he has played. If he continues that pace, he will finish with 1,182 yards on the season and 3,229 yards in his career, which would pass Bryant by 168 yards.
- The loss dropped Pitt to 4-3 on the season. The last time the Panthers started a season 4-3 was 2010; that team finished the regular season 3-2 and won its bowl game for an 8-5 record.
- Quarterback Tom Savage completed 20-of-27 passes for 203 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions in the loss. In the four-game stretch since throwing for 400-plus yards and six touchdowns at Duke in September, Savage has completed 54.8% of his passes for a total of 685 yards (171.3 yards per game), four touchdowns and two interceptions.
- Running back James Conner made his return after missing the Old Dominion game with a shoulder injury, but he carried the ball just seven times for 28 yards before fumbling in the second quarter. Conner did not return to the game after that fumble. Head coach Paul Chryst said after the game that Conner was not injured, and he stressed the significance of the fumble.
- With Conner on the bench, junior Isaac Bennett was the primary back once again. Bennett carried the ball 22 times for 77 yards; last week against Old Dominion he rushed for a career-high 240 yards on 30 carries.
- Freshman Rachid Ibrahim doubled his career receptions with four catches for 33 yards on Saturday.
- Last week Pitt used its nickel and dime defensive packages from start to finish against Old Dominion. This week the Panthers never left their base 4-3 scheme. In fact, Pitt barely used any substitutions on defense in the game. Darryl Render replaced Tyrone Ezell on the defensive line several times, and Shakir Soto took a handful of snaps for David Durham. Otherwise, any substitutions were injury-based.
- Senior cornerback K'Waun Williams left the game after chasing down Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds following Reynolds' 31-yard run in the fourth quarter. Williams did not return after that play; he said after the game that he was suffering from "whiplash."
- Redshirt senior linebacker Shane Gordon left the game at the start of the third quarter. He was replaced by freshman Matt Galambos, who recorded seven tackles, second-most on the team. Gordon had four tackles in the first half.
- Todd Thomas was Pitt's leading tackler with nine stops. Bryan Murphy had two tackles for loss and a sack among his five tackles, and Williams recorded an interception for Pitt's only forced turnover.