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Notre Dame survives Pittsburgh 29-26 in three overtimes
Chicago Sun-Times ^ | Saturday, November 3, 2012

Posted on 11/03/2012 5:16:54 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican

Notre Dame’s national championship hopes are alive, barely, resuscitated by Everett Golson in a frantic fourth-quarter comeback.

After being benched for the start of the second half, Golson led two touchdown drives — even diving into the end zone for the tying two-point conversion after Kyle Brindza missed the extra point on the first score — and the Irish beat Pittsburgh in three overtimes 29-26 on Golson’s one-yard dive.

Both teams traded field goals in the first overtime, and neither scored in the second. Kevin Harper put the Panthers ahead in the third with a 44-yard field goal before Golson won it.

Trailing 20-6 in the fourth quarter, Golson — after being replaced by Tommy Rees for the last series of the first half and the first two series of the second half — led the Irish on a 64-yard touchdown drive, capped by an 11-yard touchdown pass to T.J. Jones after a questionable pass-interference call on fourth down gave the Irish new life.

Notre Dame’s defense then forced a punt, and Golson marched the Irish down the field in impressive fashion, ripping off three first-down scrambles and converting on three consecutive third downs to set up first-and-goal at the Pitt 10. But Golson was picked off in the end zone by K’waun Williams on a pass intended for Troy Niklas.

But the Notre Dame defense — off its game all day — got a huge three-and-out, keyed by a sack of Tino Sunseri by Stephon Tuitt and Manti Te’o, setting the stage for Golson’s heroics.

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1 posted on 11/03/2012 5:16:56 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican
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To: MinorityRepublican

There shouldn’t be triple overtime in college football. Sometimes a tie is just a tie. This ain’t baseball.


2 posted on 11/03/2012 5:21:33 PM PDT by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics.)
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To: MinorityRepublican

Notre Dame's season of remarkable comebacks continued Saturday, as the Irish stayed perfect by beating Pitt in triple overtime

3 posted on 11/03/2012 5:26:06 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican
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To: MinorityRepublican

With 4 unbeaten teams, having to go 3 OT to beat an unranked team is not going to help ND’s cause that it should be ranked higher than at least 2 of the other 3.


4 posted on 11/03/2012 5:29:08 PM PDT by Rokurota
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To: Dr. Sivana; MinorityRepublican

“There shouldn’t be triple overtime in college football. Sometimes a tie is just a tie...”

Yup, Pittsburg lost to Youngstown State, Cincinnati, Syracuse and Louisville. And Notre Dame couldn’t beat them til the third OT. ND no longer deserves any consideration for anything significant in BCS.


5 posted on 11/03/2012 5:31:34 PM PDT by GGpaX4DumpedTea (I am a Tea Party descendant...steeped in the Constitutional Republic given to us by the Founders.)
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To: Dr. Sivana

I’m in trouble now. Wife and I were having dinner with some friends this evening. The game was on flat screen TV in the wall over my buddy’s shoulder and I got caught sneaking looks ever couple of seconds. Wife let me know that I wasn’t fooling anybody. Got home in time to see the Irish pull it out. Cheer, cheer for Old Notre Dame!


6 posted on 11/03/2012 5:32:45 PM PDT by Ax ("Bring the Pipes together for the Risin' o' the Moon.")
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To: Dr. Sivana

I’m in trouble now. Wife and I were having dinner with some friends this evening. The game was on flat screen TV in the wall over my buddy’s shoulder and I got caught sneaking looks ever couple of seconds. Wife let me know that I wasn’t fooling anybody. Got home in time to see the Irish pull it out. Cheer, cheer for Old Notre Dame!


7 posted on 11/03/2012 5:32:47 PM PDT by Ax ("Bring the Pipes together for the Risin' o' the Moon.")
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To: MinorityRepublican

Practicing my Troll Lessons:

Does anyone actually believe that Notre Dame could beat Oregon? I mean really, 3 overtimes to beat Pitt?

Just wondering.


8 posted on 11/03/2012 5:35:42 PM PDT by InterceptPoint
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To: MinorityRepublican

Hail to Pitt!


9 posted on 11/03/2012 5:38:22 PM PDT by eCSMaster (Indep. Payment Advisory Board = "Death Panels")
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To: MinorityRepublican
Notre Dame's season of remarkable comebacks continued Saturday, as the Irish stayed perfect by beating Pitt in triple overtime

As a Pitt fan, I can only say it must have been Divine Intercession late in the 4th period that allowed ND to tie the game. The official saw a miraculus vision of pass interference on an incomplete 4th down pass when not another soul in the stadium or on TV could see it.

Miracles do happen at South Bend ... regularly. < /s>

10 posted on 11/03/2012 5:39:22 PM PDT by Ditto (Nov 2, 2010 -- Partial cleaning accomplished. More trash to remove in 2012)
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To: Ditto

I don’t care about either team, but that was a BS call.


11 posted on 11/03/2012 5:42:10 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: MinorityRepublican

Thank that official who threw the flag for a phantom pass interference penalty on Pitt when it was fourth down for the Irish. It allowed the Irish to score the touchdown that brought them within one score late in the fourth quarter.

What a joke!


12 posted on 11/03/2012 5:43:32 PM PDT by JohnG45
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To: GGpaX4DumpedTea

Why? Because some stupid computer says so? BCS stands for Big Crock of Shiite. I am a football junkie. I watch it all, college and the NFL. The one thing I have learned over my 47 years on this earth is anyone can be beaten on any given day. That is why the game is played. Pitt played a damn good game today, and the Domers came out flat. In the end ND found a way to win. I think ND shouldn’t fall in the polls.


13 posted on 11/03/2012 5:55:56 PM PDT by sean327 (God created all men equal, then some become Marines!)
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To: MinorityRepublican

I spend 6-10 hrs every Saturday watching college football. I love the game. This was one of the most fun and exciting games I’ve seen in a long, long time. Irish deserved the win. And watched my beloved Buckeyes go 10-0, too. Saturday well spent. Did I mention I love college football?


14 posted on 11/03/2012 5:59:18 PM PDT by LiberConservative (Obama cannot shuck and jive his way out of Benghazi.)
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To: EEGator
I don’t care about either team, but that was a BS call.

True. Another loss for Pitt is not a big deal for me... they are going nowhere this year, but I would have loved to see them stuff the Irish again.

Even though I'm Irish and Catholic (nominally) I have hated Notre Dame football for 50+ years since I went to my first Pitt v ND game as a kid. (Seriously, back when Mike Ditka played for Pitt.)

The Pitt fans were fun. The ND fans were obnoxious.

15 posted on 11/03/2012 5:59:27 PM PDT by Ditto (Nov 2, 2010 -- Partial cleaning accomplished. More trash to remove in 2012)
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To: MinorityRepublican
Officials in the tank for ND.

It's deplorable.

Alabama (or Oregon) DESTROYS this fraud of a team.

16 posted on 11/03/2012 6:09:51 PM PDT by wireman
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To: Ditto

I think the bigger miracle for the Irish was the missed game-winning field goal at the end of overtime #2. Bottom line, Pitt controlled their own destiny, had huge breaks fall into their lap (missed FG at half, missed extra point that forced a desperation 2 point conversion attempt, not one but TWO ND end zone turnovers...need I go on?) and couldn’t convert that into the upset. I give the Pitt kids credit - they played a hell of a game - but, as usually happens, the better team pulled it together when they had to.

Go Irish!


17 posted on 11/03/2012 6:16:10 PM PDT by HoosierDammit (St. Vincent de Paul, pray for us!)
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To: Dr. Sivana

They should have a points system

4 points for a regulation win
3 points for an overtime win
1 point for an overtime loss
0 points for a regulation loss

By that criteria, Notre Dame wouldn’t have a perfect record, an overtime win should not be rewarded the same as a regulation win. Personally, I’d get rid of overtime and go back to ties.


18 posted on 11/03/2012 6:19:08 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: MinorityRepublican

Did anyone watch the TCU-WVU game? Looked to me like on TCU’s last regulation TD that went for 94 yards, the receiver was out of bounds and came back in before catching it. Shouldn’t that catch been disallowed?


19 posted on 11/03/2012 6:21:51 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: MinorityRepublican
National championship hopes my ass. ND does not belong on the field with at least four SEC teams, amd throw in USC, O, and OSU for good measure. Make them about #10 based on winning over an over-rated Oklahoma team. Nice to see though that the ND fellatio specialists have weathered the ten or twelve year drought when their fetish sucked harder than they did.
20 posted on 11/03/2012 6:32:20 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: HoosierDammit
"not one but TWO ND end zone turnovers...need I go on?"

Still undefeated... but do you really think you will stay in the top 5 after that game against an unranked team?

Stats say the should have kicked Pitt's ass. Instead, they lucked out. The polls will note that.

21 posted on 11/03/2012 6:37:49 PM PDT by Ditto (Nov 2, 2010 -- Partial cleaning accomplished. More trash to remove in 2012)
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To: MinorityRepublican; All
Well, let's see...they score only 6 pts over 3 qtrs vs. an unranked team...at home...(Can you say overrated?)

ALL: Remember, ND is the place that rolled out the red carpet for Obama to come speak, speaking VOLUMES about ND's leadership!

With ND inviting Obama, and BYU having invited Harry Reid back in '07, these institutions don't even pretend to be conservative.

22 posted on 11/03/2012 7:00:37 PM PDT by Colofornian (Some say "we're not voting 4 'pastor-in-chief'" --as if "gods-in-embryo" were divine only on Sundays)
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To: hinckley buzzard

Neither does Oregon.....you give up more than 40 points in any game, that should automatically disqualify you from contention, if there are other undefeated teams.


23 posted on 11/03/2012 7:03:50 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Ditto

I’m no expert on the BCS, but I know enough to know that the computers don’t give a rip about margin of victory - a win is a win, and as long as they win out, they will be in the title discussion. Through this week they were 1 or 2 in every computer poll. In the major polls, who’s going to pass them - a (probable) two-loss LSU? One-loss Florida and Georgia teams with laughable remaining schedules?

They are still very much in danger of slipping to fourth by virtue of Oregon’s climbing strength of schedule, but a even blowout today wouldn’t have mattered in that regard. All they can do is win, and hope for losses from the other three major undefeateds. As long as they win out in the end, losses by K State and Oregon will put them in the title game in January, and today did nothing to change that.


24 posted on 11/03/2012 7:31:46 PM PDT by HoosierDammit (St. Vincent de Paul, pray for us!)
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To: MinorityRepublican

What the Hell was Les Miles thinking in those last two minutes?


25 posted on 11/03/2012 8:55:19 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

Maybe the fix was in.


26 posted on 11/03/2012 9:13:11 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican
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To: sean327

You are so correct...the BCS is a BIG CROCK of SHIT...and ND should not have been ranked as they were in the first place!


27 posted on 11/03/2012 9:52:10 PM PDT by GGpaX4DumpedTea (I am a Tea Party descendant...steeped in the Constitutional Republic given to us by the Founders.)
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To: dfwgator

I hate the prevent defense.


28 posted on 11/03/2012 10:07:46 PM PDT by RckyRaCoCo (I prefer liberty with danger to peace with slavery, IXNAY THE TSA!)
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To: MinorityRepublican

If Notre Dame finishes undefeated there will only be one open slot for the championship game. The powers that be will ensure that Notre Dame plays in the championship game. It’s all about ratings and Notre Dame has more fans and a national fan base that the other teams do not have. Last year’s ratings dump will guarantee a Notre Dame championship game slot. College football, while fun to watch, is really not that legitimate of a sport.


29 posted on 11/04/2012 1:03:37 AM PDT by wrcase
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To: eCSMaster
Watched much of the game.

Pitt played a great game. I thought there was a pass inteference call on Pitt that was awful. (4th quarter) It's ashame that calls like that can affect the outcome of the game.

Great game none the less!

30 posted on 11/04/2012 4:10:20 AM PST by Northern Yankee (Where Liberty dwells, there is my Country. - Benjamin Franklin)
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To: Northern Yankee

I’m proud of our wonderful Notre Dame team. Unhappily, the theology department needs to be fixed yesterday. Also, we need a new President and a new Board of Trustees who are authentically Catholic.

Go IRISH!!!!!!!!


31 posted on 11/04/2012 8:23:24 AM PST by nd76
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To: Northern Yankee
"pass inteference call on Pitt that was awful."

Yes, and there was a clear faceguarding violation on ND that interfered with a Pitt touchdown catch. The refs didn't call that one.

These are college kids. I'd like to see some sort of study done on the effect of obviously bad referee-ing on the morale of the players.

32 posted on 11/04/2012 8:47:06 AM PST by eCSMaster (Indep. Payment Advisory Board = "Death Panels")
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To: nd76
I am with you 100%!

Did I hear the theme from Rudy yesterday while watching the game?

I am afraid there are several Catholic colleges that are not living up to their name as a "Catholic College".

I will never forget Georgetown covering up the images of Christ so Obama could speak there a few years ago. That should have never ever happened!!! How do you explain that on Judgement day?

33 posted on 11/04/2012 11:48:06 AM PST by Northern Yankee (Where Liberty dwells, there is my Country. - Benjamin Franklin)
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