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Pitt-UB game analysis

Game analysis: That was ugly. Pitt took everything that UB gave away and converted four turnovers into 27 points and won in a laugher, 54-27. UB had an opportunity to gain some national recognition with a favorable showing against the Panthers from the Big East but came up woefully short.

How UB loss: Turnovers. Four of ‘em. Not to mention that kid from Albany named Dion Lewis who tapped danced all over the UB defense for 190 yards and a pair of scores. Only a true freshman, Pitt fans should enjoy him while they can.

Turning Point: When Zach Maynard tried to pitch to a tailback who wasn’t there, Pitt returned the fumble 50 yards for a touchdown and a 40-20 lead in the third quart. Score a touchdown and the Bulls get right back into the game trailing by seven points halfway through the third period.

Player of the game: Dion Lewis. Pitt coach Dave Wannstedt was worried because 15 of Lewis’ family members made the trip up to Buffalo to see him play. Now he’s probably hoping they all travel to Pitt next week for the Navy game. Poor Zach Maynard. Guy throws for a gazillion yards and doesn’t get player of the game. But since these categories are pretty flexible …

Co-player of the game: Maynard. Forget about the fumble and the late interception: 400 yards and four TDs in only his second start has everyone buzzing and only about half the playbook has been thrown at him. This kid is for real.

Stat of the game: 500 yards of total offense for UB. There were times not too long ago when the Bulls couldn’t pile up that many yards over a three-game stretch. Potentially, UB’s offense could end up more explosive than ever.

He said it: “I think he continues to amaze himself.’’ – Turner Gill on wide receiver Naaman Roosevelt, who finished with an amazing six receptions for 157, including touchdowns covering 54 and 67 yards.

In the house: The 21,870 at UB Stadium were quite lively until Pitt went up 14-0.

Up next for the Bulls: The Bulls travel to Orlando, Fla., for a Saturday night game against former MAC foe Central Florida. The Golden Knights played at Southern Mississippi Saturday night

---Rodney McKissic


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