Boxscore
Notre Dame 29, Pittsburgh 26
Saturday, November 3, 2012 3:30 PM
Location - Notre Dame Stadium
Attendance - 80795

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 OT T
Pittsburgh 3 7 10 0 6 26
Notre Dame 3 3 0 14 9 29

Recap


No. 4 Notre Dame 29, Pittsburgh 26 (3OT):
Everett Golson scored on a 1-yard run in the third overtime and finished with 227 yards passing, 74 rushing and three total touchdowns as the host Fighting Irish narrowly avoided the upset.

Theo Riddick rushed for 84 yards on 22 carries and caught four passes for 35 yards and a score for Notre Dame (9-0), which has won its first nine games for the first time since 1993.

Golson hit Riddick with an 11-yard pass for a first down in the third overtime and rushed six yards to the 1-yard line. After a booth review, Golson got down behind his offensive line and pushed into the end zone for the win.

Irish running back Cierre Wood fumbled just prior to entering the end zone in the second overtime but the Panthers (4-5) failed to take advantage when Kevin Harper missed a 33-yard field goal attempt.

Pittsburgh appeared to be in good shape when K’Waun Williams intercepted Golson in the end zone with 3:59 left in the game, but Notre Dame forced a three-and-out on the ensuing possession and a short punt gave the Irish the ball back at midfield.

Golson pulled back on a designed run on the first play and bought some time before firing a 45-yard pass to DaVaris Daniels. Another designed quarterback run instead became a 5-yard touchdown pass to Riddick to cut it to 20-18, and Golson kept himself on the conversion to tie it with 2:11 left.

The Panthers led by as much as 20-6 at the beginning of the fourth quarter before Golson hit TJ Jones with an 11-yard pass for the Irish’s first touchdown. Kyle Brindza, who missed a field goal early in the contest, pulled the point after attempt wide left.

GAME NOTEBOOK:
Pittsburgh RB Ray Graham, WR Devin Street and DB Lafayette Pitts were charged with simple assault and conspiracy Thursday for an incident involving another student. All three denied their involvement and were allowed to play. Graham gashed the Irish defense for 172 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries. … Panthers QB Tino Sunseri completed 19 of 29 passes for 164 yards and a touchdown. … Notre Dame QB Tommy Rees came on in relief in the second half and went 6-for-11 for 65 yards and an interception. Golson returned after the pick.
SCORING
Scoring Summary
1st Quarter - 8:28
Notre Dame   FG  Notre Dame 3 - Pittsburgh 0
1st Quarter - 5:00
Pittsburgh   FG  Notre Dame 3 - Pittsburgh 3
2nd Quarter - 10:34
Notre Dame   FG  Notre Dame 6 - Pittsburgh 3
2nd Quarter - 3:55
Pittsburgh   TD  Notre Dame 6 - Pittsburgh 10
3rd Quarter - 5:52
Pittsburgh   TD  Notre Dame 6 - Pittsburgh 17
3rd Quarter - 0:58
Pittsburgh   FG  Notre Dame 6 - Pittsburgh 20
4th Quarter - 13:40
Notre Dame   TD  Notre Dame 12 - Pittsburgh 20
4th Quarter - 2:11
Notre Dame   TD  Notre Dame 20 - Pittsburgh 20
OT - 0:00
Pittsburgh   FG  Notre Dame 20 - Pittsburgh 23
OT - 0:00
Notre Dame   FG  Notre Dame 23 - Pittsburgh 23
OT - 0:00
Pittsburgh   FG  Notre Dame 23 - Pittsburgh 26
OT - 0:00
Notre Dame   TD  Notre Dame 29 - Pittsburgh 26
TEAMS

Team Records

  Pittsburgh Notre Dame
W/L 4 - 5 - 0 9 - 0 - 0
Conference 1 - 3 - 0 2 - 0 - 0

Team Stats

  Pittsburgh Notre Dame
Score 26 29
First Downs 13 34
3rd Down Efficiency 1-for-14
7%
10-for-20
50%
4th Down Efficiency 0-for-1
0%
1-for-1
100%
Total Yards 308 522
Rushing
Rushes-Net Yards 33-144 51-231
Average/Rush 4.4 4.5
Passing
Comp-Att 19-29 29-53
Passing Yards 164 291
Average/Pass Play 4.8 5.4
Penalties-Yards 7-45 6-46
Fumbles-Lost 2-0 2-1
Interceptions Thrown 0 2
Time of Possession 24:37 35:23

PLAYER STATS

Pittsburgh (4 - 5)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
T. Sunseri 19/29 164 1 0
Notre Dame (9 - 0)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
E. Golson 23/42 227 2 1
T. Rees 6/11 64 0 1
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
R. Graham 24 172 7.2 1
R. Shell 1 2 2.0 0
T. Sunseri 8 -30 -3.8 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
T. Riddick 22 85 3.9 0
E. Golson 15 74 4.9 1
C. Wood 13 70 5.4 0
G. Atkinson III 1 2 2.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
J. Holtz 3 54 18.0 1
M. Shanahan 4 38 9.5 0
D. Street 3 35 11.7 0
R. Graham 6 25 4.2 0
H. Graham 1 9 9.0 0
M. Giubilato 1 3 3.0 0
C. Saddler 1 0 0.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
D. Daniels 7 86 12.3 0
T. Eifert 6 62 10.3 0
T. Jones 5 53 10.6 1
R. Toma 6 50 8.3 0
T. Riddick 4 35 8.8 1
D. Smith 1 5 5.0 0
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