Boxscore
Notre Dame 15, Pittsburgh 12
Saturday, September 24, 2011 12:00 PM
Location - Heinz Field
Attendance - 65050

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Notre Dame 0 7 0 8 15
Pittsburgh 3 3 6 0 12

Recap


Tommy Rees engineered a decisive fourth-quarter touchdown drive and Notre Dame's defense held firm in the final minutes of a 15-12 victory at Pittsburgh on Saturday afternoon.

Rees was 8-for-8 on the go-ahead march for the Fighting Irish (2-2), capping the 85-yard drive by hitting tight end Tyler Eifert for a 6-yard score with 6:48 remaining. On the ensuing two-point try, Rees connected with Eifert again to stretch the lead to three.

The Panthers (2-2), a week removed from squandering a 17-point fourth-quarter lead at Iowa, advanced as far as the Notre Dame 40-yard line on its final possession before quarterback Tino Sunseri was sacked twice in three plays.

Sunseri's fourth-down pass was broken up and the Irish were able to run out the clock.

Notre Dame, which came into the game ranked last nationally in turnover margin, had two more giveaways in the first half but took a 7-6 lead into the intermission thanks to a 79-yard scoring run by Jonas Gray. 

Hubie Graham caught a 3-yard touchdown pass from Sunseri to put Pittsburgh on top 12-7 in the third quarter.

Cierre Wood rushed for 94 yards to lead Notre Dame. Eifert finished with eight receptions for 75 yards as the Panthers double-teamed Irish receiver Michael Floyd (4 catches, 27 yards) for much of the day.

Ray Graham paced the Pittsburgh offense, rushing for 89 yards and hauling in eight passes for 43 yards.
SCORING
Scoring Summary
1st Quarter - 2:16
Pittsburgh   FG  Pittsburgh 3 - Notre Dame 0
2nd Quarter - 13:44
Notre Dame   TD  Pittsburgh 3 - Notre Dame 7
2nd Quarter - 9:13
Pittsburgh   FG  Pittsburgh 6 - Notre Dame 7
3rd Quarter - 6:36
Pittsburgh   TD  Pittsburgh 12 - Notre Dame 7
4th Quarter - 6:48
Notre Dame   TD  Pittsburgh 12 - Notre Dame 15
TEAMS

Team Records

  Notre Dame Pittsburgh
W/L 2 - 2 - 0 2 - 2 - 0
Conference 0 - 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 0

Team Stats

  Notre Dame Pittsburgh
Score 15 12
First Downs 23 19
3rd Down Efficiency 6-for-15
40%
7-for-17
41%
4th Down Efficiency 2-for-2
100%
1-for-2
50%
Total Yards 398 268
Rushing
Rushes-Net Yards 32-182 38-103
Average/Rush 5.7 2.7
Passing
Comp-Att 24-41 22-32
Passing Yards 216 165
Average/Pass Play 5.0 4.3
Penalties-Yards 8-85 9-55
Fumbles-Lost 1-1 0-0
Interceptions Thrown 1 0
Time of Possession 31:00 29:00

PLAYER STATS

Notre Dame (2 - 2)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
T. Rees 24/41 216 1 1
Pittsburgh (2 - 2)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
T. Sunseri 22/30 165 1 0
T. Anderson 0/2 0 0 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
C. Wood 23 94 4.1 0
J. Gray 3 84 28.0 1
T. Rees 5 6 1.2 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
R. Graham 21 89 4.2 0
Z. Brown 3 12 4.0 0
T. Sunseri 12 6 0.5 0
A. Gonzalez 1 -3 -3.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
T. Eifert 8 75 9.4 1
T. Riddick 6 52 8.7 0
T. Jones 3 31 10.3 0
M. Floyd 4 27 6.8 0
R. Toma 1 16 16.0 0
C. Wood 1 10 10.0 0
B. Koyack 1 5 5.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
M. Shanahan 6 64 10.7 0
R. Graham 8 43 5.4 0
D. Street 2 21 10.5 0
R. Jones 2 18 9.0 0
C. Saddler 1 8 8.0 0
D. Patton 1 5 5.0 0
J. Brinson 1 3 3.0 0
H. Graham 1 3 3.0 1
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