For those that viewed the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and University of Pittsburgh Panthers game, many would have assumed after viewing their deficit in the 4th quarter we would be taking about arguably the biggest upset of the year. Instead the Fighting Irish displayed the will and determination that has kept them undefeated so far in 2012. It took them 3 OTs but at the end of the day, the Fighting Irish live another day to see their record unblemished with a 29 to 26 victory against a very determined Panthers team.
What is remarkable about this victory is the fact that Notre Dame entered the 4th quarter with a 20 – 6 deficit; from this point the Fighting Irish would go on to score 2 touchdowns to tie the game 20 – 20. In the first OT, both the Panthers and Fighting Irish gained 3 points on field goals making it 23 – 23. In the second overtime both teams displayed stingy defense relegating both teams to no points. In the 3rd and deciding overtime, the Panthers kicker Kevin Harper successfully attempted a 44 yard field goal giving them a 26 – 23 lead. But it Fighting Irish Sophomore Quarterback Everett Golson ‘s 1-yard touchdown that ultimately gave them the victory. For the Panthers team that is now 4-5 for the year, the did not play like an unranked team and perhaps this game could be a turning point in their season. As for the Fighting Irish, they are off to its best start since 1993 and is coming close to becoming a potential contender for the National Championship.