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Saturday, September 24, 2011
Sloppy play in the early going

By Matt Fortuna

PITTSBURGH -- It wouldn't be a Notre Dame first quarter without a Fighting Irish turnover, and Pitt made sure of that. Andrew Taglianetti drilled Tommy Rees on a third-and-12 play. Rees fumbled and Greg Williams recovered for the Panthers at the Irish 23.

Negative five yards later, Pitt took a 3-0 lead on a 45-yard field goal from Kevin Harper.

With just more than two minutes remaining in the first quarter, we've seen one turnover, five combined penalties and one scoring drive that went for -5 yards. That about sums up this sloppy start for both teams.

Maybe there was something to a noon kickoff being an adjustment.