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Pitt vs. Notre Dame: Panthers miss upset in frustrating fashion

The Pitt Panthers just want to win when they face an undefeated Notre Dame squad this Saturday, and aren't getting fazed by their opponent's perfect season.

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Panthers fall painfully short against Irish

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish were finally able to defeat the Pittsburgh Panthers in triple overtime, 29-26, in one of the most thrilling games in recent memory.

Pittsburgh laid it all on the line in South Bend, but just couldn't find a way to get the job done. It was an exceptional game for the Panthers in many aspects, considering they scored 26 points against one of the premier defenses in the country.

Over at Cardiac Hill, that feeling was summed up in the postgame:

In the end, Pitt should come away proud, but a little disappointed in how things ended. They certainly had their chances to beat the Irish, but at the very least should hurt the Irish in the eyes of the voters, which could prevent the Irish from playing for a national title which, outside of those in South Bend, nobody in America wants.

The No. 3 Irish had a tough time getting the lead, trailing throughout much of the game. Unfortunately for Pittsburgh, a missed field goal in the second overtime left the door open for a Notre Dame comeback.

Perhaps most shocking was the play of Tino Sunseri, who wasn't prolific through the air but was certainly efficient. Sunseri ended the day 19-of-29 for 164 yards and a touchdown.

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Pitt goes down in triple overtime

After a wild game, Notre Dame stays undefeated through three overtimes.

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Pitt en route to upset of Notre Dame, lead 20-6

The Pitt Panthers have saved their best game for their biggest opponent. Just 4-4 in the Big East this season, Pitt has thrived in South Bend through three quarter against No. 3 Notre Dame, and lead 20-6. The Panthers are shooting for the upset with stout defense and a handful of big plays.

The turning point of the game thus far was a goal-line stand by the Pittsburgh defense in the second quarter. The Irish came away with a short field goal, and the Panthers responded with a Ray Graham 16-yard touchdown to close out the half with a four-point lead. The defense has remained solid through the third quarter, as the Irish have yet to get on the scoreboard in the second half.

The crushing blow for Notre Dame came on an interception thrown by quarterback Tommy Rees, filling in for a benched Everett Golson. Immediately following the pick, Pittsburgh quarterback Tino Sunseri hit JP Holtz twice for 43 and nine yards on consecutive plays, the latter resulting in a touchdown.

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Pitt smelling upset of No. 3 Notre Dame, lead 10-6

The Pitt Panthers are thriving in a hostile South Bend environment, and lead the No. 3 Notre Dame Fighting Irish, 10-6. The decisive touchdown came late in the second quarter on a 16-yard rush by Panther running back Ray Graham, who also has a 55-yard carry in the game.

After trading first-quarter field goals with Pittsburgh, the Irish were primed to take a touchdown lead in a goal-line situation. But the Panther defense held firm and forced the Irish into a 20-yard field goal. The Panthers responded with Graham's touchdown, and head into the half smelling upset.

Panther quarterback Tino Sunseri is 10 of 12 with 84 yards through the air, while the Pitt ground game has grinded out 76 yards.

Despite the lead, Pitt trails in time of possession, with the Irish hanging on to the ball for nearly 20 minutes, leaving the ball in the hands of the Panthers for just 10.

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Pitt hopes to ruin Notre Dame's dream season

Pitt travels to Notre Dame hoping to shake up the BCS.

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3 Pitt Panthers charged with assault

Three members of Pittsburgh's football team were charged assault on Thursday night.

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Can Pitt pull off an upset at Notre Dame?

The Panthers are huge underdogs this weekend in South Bend, but the chance to pull off the upset is there.

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Pitt excited for Notre Dame matchup

The Pitt Panthers just want to win when they face an undefeated Notre Dame squad this Saturday, and aren't getting fazed by their opponent's perfect season.

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