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Saturday, September 24, 2011
Turnovers (again) hurting Irish

By Matt Fortuna

PITTSBURGH -- This one didn't come in the red zone, as Notre Dame had a first-and-10 out of a timeout at the Pitt 24. But Tommy Rees let a pass hang way too long to Tyler Eifert near the goal line, and Jason Hendricks stepped in for the interception.

Rees now has a fumble lost and an interception in the first half, and he is responsible for nine of the Fighting Irish's 15 turnovers on the season. He is still developing, but it is fair to wonder why he has not been given the same leash as Dayne Crist, who was gone after one pick and one half in Week 1.

Pitt moved the ball into Irish territory and quarterback Tino Sunseri had a beautiful punt that will force Notre Dame to start from its own 2 with just more than four minutes remaining in the first half. Let's see if Rees can get the offense going before halftime.