Saturday, November 3, 2012
Instant analysis: ND 29, Pitt 26 (3 OT)
By Matt Fortuna
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Notre Dame remains perfect after a 29-26 triple-overtime win against Pitt. Here's how it happened:
It was over when: Kevin Harper missed a 33-yard field goal attempt in the second overtime that would have won it for Pitt. He hit one in the next OT, but the Irish left no doubt by scoring a touchdown on an Everett Golson rush from 1 yard out to clinch it.
Game ball goes to: Golson came up big for Notre Dame when it mattered most, leading the Irish out of a 20-6 fourth-quarter deficit and diving in for the game-winning touchdown run. Golson finished the day 23-of-42 for 227 yards with a touchdown pass and an interception. He had 15 carries for 74 yards.
Stat of the game: Notre Dame somehow survived despite losing the turnover margin 3-0. Pitt had questionable play-calling late with the lead and was unable to put away the Irish. Tough loss to swallow for the Panthers.