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Thursday, June 6, 2013
Top 10 moments from 2012: No. 7

By Matt Fortuna

We've reached No. 7 on our countdown, which consists of arguably the wildest four hours of the regular season for the Irish.

Nov. 3, 2012: ND survives missed FG, missed penalty and 3 OT scare from Pitt to stay perfect (Story here)

Notre Dame had just eliminated seemingly every doubter by wining at Oklahoma a week earlier. Then the Irish found themselves down 14 at home to Pitt in the fourth quarter.

Everett Golson threw what looked like a devastating pick in the end zone with less than four minutes to play, then made up for it by tying the game with a touchdown pass and rushing it in for a two-point conversion.

Cierre Wood looked ready to land in the end zone to give the Irish a touchdown lead in overtime No. 2, then fumbled it on the way down.

Finally, Pitt's Kevin Harper lined up for a 33-yard field goal attempt that would seal the Irish's fate — except he missed.

Golson rushed it in for the game-winning score in triple overtime, allowing everyone inside Notre Dame Stadium to breathe and extending the dream for the Irish.

The next day, everyone learned that the Irish should have been penalized on Harper's missed field goal attempt, as they had two No. 2s (Bennett Jackson and Chris Brown) on the field together in their "desperado" package.

The day had it all — drama, quarterback switches, a gritty performance from Louis Nix (flu) — and, at the end of it all, left Notre Dame standing undefeated at 9-0.

Previously

No. 10: Rees replaces Golson on final drive, leads Irish to win over Purdue

No. 9: Irish open season in Dublin with rout of Navy

No. 8: ND gets revenge on Robinson, UM in night win to cap perfect opening month