Scores

Final

Pittsburgh 54

(2-0, 1-0 away)

Buffalo 27

(1-1, 0-1 home)

Coverage: GamePlan

12:00 PM ET, September 12, 2009

UB Stadium, Buffalo, NY

1 2 3 4 T
PITT 20 14 6 1454
BUFF 7 13 0 727

Top Performers

Passing: Z. Maynard (CAL) - 400 YDS, 4 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: D. Lewis (PITT) - 24 CAR, 190 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: N. Roosevelt (BUFF) - 6 REC, 157 YDS, 2 TD

Pittsburgh blows out host Buffalo via pass, rush

Associated Press

AMHERST, N.Y. -- Bill Stull threw three first-half touchdowns to Dorin Dickerson, and Dion Lewis rushed for 190 yards as Pittsburgh defeated Buffalo 54-27 on Saturday.

Lewis' had a 7-yard touchdown run in the first quarter and capped his day with an 85-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.

Stull was 21-for-30 passing for 172 yards. His longest TD pass was a 23-yarder to Dickerson and Stull scored on a 3-yard rollout, which put Pitt (2-0) up 34-14 before halftime.

Dickerson finished with eight receptions for 71 yards and the three TDs.

Buffalo (1-1), playing its first home game since winning the Mid-American Conference title last season, got four touchdown passes from Zach Maynard, who threw for 400 yards in his home debut as a starter.

Maynard completed 24 of 35 attempts and connected with Naaman Roosevelt on scoring plays of 67 and 54 yards. He also had touchdowns of 24 yards to Jesse Rack and 12 yards to Brandon Thermilus.

But four Buffalo turnovers led to 27 Pittsburgh points. Mario Henry fumbled twice and Maynard lost the ball on a pitch, which Pittsburgh's Greg Williams returned 50 yards for a score.

Down 40-27 in the fourth, Maynard had the Bulls driving in hopes of a comeback. But on the Pitt 14-yard line on second-and-4, the Panthers' Adam Gunn sacked Maynard for a 6-yard loss and his next two passes were incomplete.

Maynard also was intercepted late in the fourth quarter by Elijah Fields, who returned the ball to the Buffalo 2. Ray Graham scored on a 2-yard run for Pitt's final points.

Though Buffalo had 500 yards of total offense, only 67 came on the ground, while the Panthers rushed for 209 yards. Pittsburgh was a perfect 5-for-5 in the red zone, but also had 11 penalties for 119 yards.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
PITT
BUFF
1st Downs1925
Total Yards381500
Passing172433
Rushing20967
Penalties11-1197-66
3rd Down Conversions3-97-15
4th Down Conversions1-10-2
Turnovers04
Possession28:2931:31

Passing Leaders

PittsburghC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Stull21/301725.730
BuffaloC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Maynard24/3540011.441

Rushing Leaders

PittsburghCARYDSAVGTDLG
Lewis241907.9285
Hynoski2147.0011
BuffaloCARYDSAVGTDLG
Thermilus14493.5014
Nduka22512.5023

Receiving Leaders

PittsburghRECYDSAVGTDLG
Dickerson8718.9323
Lewis6467.7012
BuffaloRECYDSAVGTDLG
Roosevelt615726.2267
Hamlin1214912.4032

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERPITTBUFF
TD10:06Dorin Dickerson 10 Yd Pass From Bill Stull (Dan Hutchins Kick) 70
TD09:54Dorin Dickerson 23 Yd Pass From Bill Stull (Dan Hutchins Kick) 140
TD05:55Jesse Rack 24 Yd Pass From Zach Maynard (A.J. Principe Kick) 147
TD00:21Dion Lewis 7 Yd Run (Pat Failed) 207
SECOND QUARTERPITTBUFF
TD08:31Dorin Dickerson 9 Yd Pass From Bill Stull (Dan Hutchins Kick) 277
TD05:38Naaman Roosevelt 54 Yd Pass From Zach Maynard (A.J. Principe Kick) 2714
TD01:09Bill Stull 3 Yd Run (Dan Hutchins Kick) 3414
TD00:33Naaman Roosevelt 67 Yd Pass From Zach Maynard (Pat Failed) 3420
THIRD QUARTERPITTBUFF
TD08:42Greg Williams 50 Yd Fumble Return (Pat Failed) 4020
FOURTH QUARTERPITTBUFF
TD11:32Brandon Thermilus 12 Yd Pass From Zach Maynard (A.J. Principe Kick) 4027
TD04:44Dion Lewis 85 Yd Run (Dan Hutchins Kick) 4727
TD03:20Ray Graham 2 Yd Run (Dan Hutchins Kick) 5427