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By Ralph Paulk and John Grupp
Sunday, Sept. 13, 2009

AMHERST, N.Y. — Pitt linebacker Greg Williams didn't endear himself to defensive coordinator Phil Bennett after a season-opening, 38-3 win over Youngstown State.

Bennett said earlier this week that Williams was somewhat out of sync.

Williams redeemed himself Saturday. He had five tackles and returned a fumble 50 yards to give Pitt a 40-20 lead with 8:42 left in the third quarter.

Said Pitt coach Dave Wannstedt, "[Williams] needed that. He was real serious all week. He didn't play well last week and bounced back."

· When Dan Hutchins pushed his kick wide right late in the first quarter, it ended a streak of 120 successful extra point attempts for Pitt. The Panthers' last missed extra point came in the 2005 finale against West Virginia. Conor Lee went 113 for 113 from 2006-08 at Pitt.

· Pitt starting free safety Andrew Taglianetti suffered a left knee sprain with 8:24 left in the first half on a Buffalo kick return. Taglianetti, who was replaced by Elijah Fields, did not return in the second half. Wannstedt said Taglianetti will have an MRI today.

· Pitt freshman tailback Dion Lewis put together another solid performance. He rushed for 190 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries. And he did it in front of 15 family members who made the trek from Albany, N.Y. He thrilled his family and Wannstedt with an 85-yard touchdown run to clinch Pitt's victory. Lewis' touchdown run was the longest since David Priestly scored on 85-yard run in the first game at Heinz Field against East Tennessee State on Sept. 1, 2001.

· Former Pitt All-America offensive lineman Ruben Brown, a nine-time Pro Bowler with the Buffalo Bulls from 1997-2005, was in attendance at UB Stadium. For the record, he was wearing Pitt gear.

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