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Top 25: No. 4 Notre Dame 29, Pittsburgh 26 in 3OT
This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2012, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

South Bend, Ind. • 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 alive its hopes for a national championship.

Notre Dame (9-0) is off to its best start since 1993. Pitt (4-5) missed a potential 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 to 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 2 alive-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. —

Top 25 football • Notre Dame is off to its best start since 1993.
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