Pitt Falls to Navy in Military Bowl

 

 

 

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (pittsburghpanthers.com and AP) - Qadree Ollison rushed for 73 yards and scored two touchdowns in Monday's loss to Navy at the Military Bowl, 44-28.

Nate Peterman threw one TD pass for the Panthers (8-5) to wrap up their first season under coach Pat Narduzzi.

''Just have to keep getting one step closer,'' Narduzzi said. ''You just have to take one step at a time. Told the seniors, they laid the foundation. We've done a lot of great things this year.''

In the end, though, they couldn't cope with Reynolds.

''He's a super football player,'' Narduzzi said. ''Make no mistake, there were reasons he was in the (running) for the Heisman Trophy.''

After Quadree Henderson returned the opening kickoff 100 yards for Pitt, Navy went up 21-7 at halftime and built a 31-7 lead midway through the third quarter.

Pittsburgh scored two touchdowns in 17 seconds to close to 31-21, but could not complete the comeback.

After Henderson weaved from end zone to end zone for the game-opening score, Reynolds directed a 75-yard drive that ended with his 1-yard touchdown run.

It was 31-7 before Nate Peterman threw a 4-yard TD pass to Ollison, and a 22-yard fumble return by Jordan Whitehead got Pitt within 10 points.

After Navy scored another touchdown, Ollison ran for a 45-yard score to make it 38-28.