Pitt falls to Notre Dame, 29-26, in triple overtime
Pitt running back Ray Graham, left, breaks the tackle of Notre Dame safety Matthias Farley to score a touchdown during the first half.
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Pitt came agonizingly close Saturday to its biggest win in five years at No. 4 Notre Dame, but it came up just short, falling to the Irish, 29-26, in triple overtime.
Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson snuck the ball in from a yard out in the third overtime to win the game for the Irish, who will stay in the national championship picture for another week.
Pitt had a 20-6 fourth-quarter lead but allowed the Irish to come back in the fourth quarter and ultimately prevail in overtime.
Ray Graham ran for 172 yards and one touchdown with 24 carries. He showed his explosiveness early with a 55-yard run on Pitt's first play from scrimmage.
Tino Sunseri was solid statistically, completing 19 of 29 for 164 yards and a touchdown. He was sacked five times, though, including some key situations late.
Pitt also played impressively against Notre Dame's offense, bottling up the Irish for three quarters. Notre Dame broke out in the fourth quarter with 14 points to tie up the game and force overtime.
Both teams had chances late to put together a game-winning drive, but neither could get into field goal range.
Pitt returns to action next week with a Friday night game against Connecticut.
First Published November 3, 2012 7:56 pm