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Pitt vs. Notre Dame 2012 score: Pitt nearing upset, lead No. 3 Irish

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.

Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.