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Saturday, December 5, 2009
Dream start for Pitt, Lewis

By Brian Bennett

PITTSBURGH -- This is exactly how Pitt would have drawn it up to start this game.

First, the Panthers got a rare three-and-out from Cincinnati on the opening series. The Pitt defensive line got great pressure on Tony Pike on two of those plays, forcing incompletions. Pike was hit by Greg Romeus on third-and-10.

Then even more impressively, the Panthers took the ball and drove the ball 56 yards for a touchdown. They did it in 12 plays, 11 of which were Dion Lewis runs. The other? A Lewis reception.

The Pitt O-line simply dominated Cincinnati. The Bearcats have major issues in the trenches on both sides right now.