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Rapid Reaction: Notre Dame 29, Pittsburgh 26

Allan Joseph | Saturday, November 3, 2012

In dramatic fashion, No. 3 Notre Dame prevailed 29-26 over Pittsburgh in triple overtime, keeping its hopes of an undefeated season and and national title game berth alive. The Irish (9-0) tied the game at 20 late in the fourth quarter and benefited from a missed field goal in the second overtime that would have won the game for the Panthers before sophomore quarterback Everett Golson scored on a 1-yard touchdown run to win the game in the third overtime.

The good: When it came down to it, Notre Dame found a way to stop the Pittsburgh offense and make clutch plays to pull out a victory. Golson used his athleticism when nothing else was available, and the Irish defense held firm in overtime. 

The bad: It’s hard to pick just one. The Notre Dame offense struggled mightily in the red zone, the defense had uncharacteristic problems tackling and the special teams were atrocious. 

What we learned: Despite possibly playing the worst game of their season, the Irish still have the ability to win. There’s something special about this team, and they play their best football in the fourth quarter – and beyond.