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The Pitt-Navy Turning Point of the Game: Nathan Peterman's second interception

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In a abysmal first half for Pitt, one play could have swung the momentum heading into the locker room, but a slip and a pick negated any chance of that.

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Plenty of moments in yesterday's 44-28 Pitt loss to Navy could have served as the Turning Point of the Game. There was a key third down drop by JP Holtz right after Navy had tied the game at seven. There was Nathan Peterman's first interception of the game. There was also a missed field goal by Chris Blewitt on a 28-yard chip shot. There were so many plays you can look at, but we'll zero in on Peterman's second pick of the game yesterday.

Thanks to all of those plays listed in the above paragraph, Navy had built a 21-7 lead with only 1:41 left in the first half. With the ball on their own 42-yard line, the Panthers seemed to be in business and as hard as it was to believe, had a chance to get into the locker room down only a touchdown. On a first down play at the Navy 17-yard line, Peterman looked immediately for all-everything Tyler Boyd at the goal line. Unfortunately, Boyd slipped going into his break and sitting there all alone was Navy defensive back, Brendon Clements to pick off the pass and end any hope Pitt had of gaining some steam going into the break.

I'm not going to dig my heels into the ground on this and say this was absolutely the turning point. Pitt, of course, had plenty of chances in the second half to make a game of things and I would love to hear from you, the readers, as to what you thought was the key moment of the game. I focused on this play due to the fact that despite an awful first half and two drives in a row that ended for the Panthers with a missed field goal and Peterman's first interception, there was still a glimmer of hope. The Panthers needed a swing in momentum and appeared headed for it, until Boyd fell down going into his break. When Boyd fell, Pitt's chances of coming back did as well.

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