Pitt Is It!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

University of Pittsburgh   36

University of Notre Dame        33

Saturday, November 01, 2008

NOTRE DAME, IND. — Pitt upset Notre Dame 36-33 in four overtimes this afternoon and did so despite playing without starting quarterback Bill Stull, who missed the game with a concussion.

The score was tied 24-24 at the end of regulation and both teams kicked field goals in the first, second and third overtimes to push the score to 33-33 going into the fourth overtime.

But Notre Dame kicker Brandon Walker missed a 38-yard field goal attempt leaving the door open for Pitt and Panthers kicker Conor Lee slammed it shut with a 22-yard field goal. It was Lee’s school-record fifth field goal of the game.

It was an amazing feat by the Panthers, even more so considering they were without Stull and also how bad things began for them as they trailed by 14 points at the half.

The Irish and Panthers exchanged first quarter field goals but Notre Dame took a 10-3 lead with 1:27 to play in the half on an 18-yard pass from Jimmy Clausen to Michael Floyd.

Notre Dame’s Raeshon McNeil then intercepted a Pat Bostick pass and returned it to the Panthers 13. MacNeil actually fumbled the ball at the end of the return but it was recovered by his teammate, David Bruton.

Five plays later, Clausen hit Floyd with a 4-yard touchdown pass to take a 17-3 lead into the half.

However, the Panthers took the opening kick-off of the second half and drove 71 yards on eight plays and pulled to within 17-10 on a 4-yard touchdown run by LaRod Stephens-Howling and the extra point by Lee. Pitt then tied the game, 17-17, early in the fourth quarter after mounting a 15-play, 70-yard drive and capping it with a 1-yard touchdown run by LeSean McCoy.

Notre Dame took a 24-17 lead with a 6-yard pass from Clausen to Golden Tate but the Panthers responded with an eight-play drive and tied the game on a six-yard pass from Bostick to Jonathan Baldwin with 2:22 to play.

Paul Zeise can be reached at pzeise@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1720.
First published on November 1, 2008 at 6:48 pm