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NAVY TONIGHT

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Navy (1-1) at Pittsburgh (2-0)

Time:: 6 p.m.

TV: : ESPN360.com

Radio: : 1090 AM, 1430 AM

Line: : Pittsburgh by 7 1/2

Series: : Pittsburgh leads 21-13-3

Last meeting: : Pittsburgh won, 42-21, in Annapolis on Oct. 18, 2008.

No passing fancy: : Navy junior QB Ricky Dobbs played only one series in last year's game but made an impression. He led the Midshipmen on a 54-yard touchdown drive, which included a 39-yard pass to Mario Washington. Dobbs has already surpassed his passing totals from last season, completing 14 of 21 passes for 259 yards and two touchdowns. "I think their efficiency in the passing game separates them from teams in the past," Pittsburgh coach Dave Wannstedt said. "If they have to throw the ball, I don't think it's a panic situation by any means."

Ground control: : The Midshipmen had trouble stopping the run last year against Pittsburgh; they gave up 244 yards on the ground, including 156 to LeSean McCoy (the most yards by any running back against Navy in 2008). McCoy is now with the Philadelphia Eagles, but freshman Dion Lewis has picked up where he left off. Lewis ranks third in the nation in rushing (159.5 yards per game) and scored on an 85-yard run last week against Buffalo. Said Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo, "I was excited when McCoy left last year, but this Lewis kid, jeez, looks like his twin brother."

Sizable foe: : Pittsburgh's offense presents several matchup problems for the Midshipmen. The Panthers have two of the tallest wide receivers Navy will face this season in Jonathan Baldwin, who is 6 feet 5, and 6-3 Oderick Turner. "Their wide-outs are bigger than our [defensive ends]," Niumatalolo said. "They're huge." TE Dorin Dickerson (6-2, 230) leads Pitt with four touchdown catches.

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