Former University of Kentucky star Bud Dupree sacked Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor twice in the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 27-20 win Sunday in Orchard Park, N.Y.
Dupree, who has only played in four games after missing the first nine after undergoing surgery for a sports hernia, finished with five solo tackles with three of those for a loss.
“I’m making great progress,” Dupree told TribLive.com. “It’s getting better each week. The more my groin loosens up each week, the more I can do. So I am just trying to keep going forward.”
Dupree, who made 26 tackles and had four sacks in 16 games as a rookie last season, said he won’t be 100 percent until the offseason, when he can rest up.
“The scar tissue is going to keep ripping and then keep forming again,” Dupree said. “So I’ve just got to stay on top of it.”
William Gay (U of L) added five tackles and Mike Mitchell (Highlands, Covington Catholic) had two for Pittsburgh.
Steelers wide receiver Eli Rogers (U of L) had three catches for 20 yards. Jordan Berry (Eastern Kentucky) punted twice for 101 yards with one of those ending up inside the 20-yard line.
Buffalo was led in tackles by Preston Brown (U of L) with 11. Seven were solo.
Williamson steps up
Avery Williamson (UK) forced a fumble that secured the Tennessee Titans’ 13-10 victory against the Denver Broncos. Williamson stripped the ball from Denver tight end A.J. Derby and it was recovered by teammate Daimion Stafford. With 53 seconds to go, the Titans were able to run out the clock.
“It’s funny. I was telling myself, like that whole series, that I’m probably going to get an interception or something, but didn’t know it was going to happen like that,” Williamson said. “I’m getting goose bumps right now just thinking about it. To do something like that to win the game is an awesome feeling.
“Oh, man, what a great feeling,” Williamson told TitansOnline.com. “When we recovered that fumble I knew that was the end of the game. It was a surreal feeling. I probably won’t sleep tonight thinking about it.”
Titans Coach Mike Mularkey was pleased with his defense’s performance.
“You have to make plays like that in crunch time, and our defense did that most of the day,” he said. “They’ve done that all year. In a game like this, of this magnitude, to come in and do it today and make a difference in the game was large.”
Williamson finished with three tackles and fellow former Wildcat Wesley Woodyard made four and had a pass defensed.
Harry Douglas (U of L) had one catch for 10 yards for Tennessee.
Tandy times two
For the second straight week, former Christian County standout Keith Tandy made an interception that helped clinch a win for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The safety picked off Drew Brees with 57 seconds to go to preserve a 16-11 victory against the New Orleans Saints.
Tandy led the Bucs with nine tackles, including one for a loss. He had three passes defensed.
Bilal Powell scored the game-winning touchdown, his second TD of the game, in overtime in the New York Jets’ 23-17 defeat of the San Francisco 49ers. The former University of Louisville running back ran for 145 yards on 29 carries. He also caught five passes for 34 yards.
Safety Calvin Pryor (U of L) made for tackles for the Jets.
▪ Former Kentucky star Randall Cobb had three catches for 33 yards in the Packers’ 38-10 win against the Seahawks. He left the game with an ankle injury, but he was able to return.
▪ Tight end Gary Barnidge (U of L) had three catches for 27 yards in the Browns’ 23-10 loss to the Bengals.
▪ Bears wide receiver Joshua Bellamy (U of L) caught three passes for 45 yards in a 20-17 loss to the Lions.
▪ Wide receiver DeVante Parker (Ballard, U of L) had two catches for 14 yards in the Dolphins’ 26-23 win over the Cardinals.
▪ Former Western Kentucky tight end Jack Doyle had five catches for 55 yards in the Colts’ 22-17 loss to the Texans.
▪ Wide receiver Charles Johnson (Lloyd Memorial) had one catch for six yards in the Vikings’ 25-16 win against the Jaguars.
▪ Tyler Higbee made one catch for eight yards in the Rams’ 42-14 loss to the Falcons.