Golson Leads Notre Dame to 29-26, 3OT Win Over Pitt

The Fighting Irish are not 9-0 for the season

By Tom Coyne
|  Saturday, Nov 3, 2012  |  Updated 7:47 PM CDT
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Golson Leads Notre Dame to 3OT Win Over Pitt

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Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson throws against Pittsburgh during the first half of an NCAA college football game in South Bend, Ind., Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

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Everett Golson scored on a quarterback sneak in the third overtime as No. 4 Notre Dame came back from a 14-point deficit to beat Pittsburgh 29-26 on Saturday and keep its hopes for a national championship alive.

Notre Dame (9-0) is off to its best start since 1993. Pitt (4-5) missed a potential game-winning field goal in overtime.

Golson re-entered the game after being replaced by Tommy Rees and threw an 11-yard touchdown pass early in the fourth quarter as Notre Dame cut Pitt's lead to 20-12. Notre Dame's chances for a comeback appeared to end when Pitt cornerback K'Waun Williams intercepted a pass by Golson in the end zone.

But the Irish defense held, and Golson completed a 45-yard pass to DaVaris Daniels at the Pitt 5. Golson then threw a 5-yard touchdown pass and ran in for the two-point conversion to tie the game.

The Irish won despite Pitt's Ray Graham rushing for 172 yards, including runs of 55 and 48 yards.

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