SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Pittsburgh went into the half trailing by 14 but at least could say it moved the ball well on offense.
That's no longer the case. Two possessions into the second half, the Panthers have done nothing against Notre Dame. Coach Dave Wannstedt called for a fake punt after the opening series resulted in a three-and-out, but Dan Hutchins didn't even come close to converting the fake. Notre Dame cashed in with a 50-yard field goal by David Ruffer to make it 20-3.
Ruffer is now 15-for-15 for his career, an Irish record. He made the first 50-yarder by a Notre Dame kicker since 2003 -- and the holder bobbled the snap.
The Pitt defense has looked better in the second half. But if the Panthers aren't going to move the ball, Notre Dame will be happy to sit on its 17-point lead.