No. 8 Pitt held on to defeat Notre Dame, 27-22, on Saturday at Heinz Field.
In front of a sell-out crowd of 65,374, Pitt (9-1) withstood a wild fourth quarter comeback by the Irish to win its sixth game in a row and set the stage for its Big Eastgames with West Virginia and Cincinnati to close out the season.
Pitt led 27-9 with 12:44 to play on Lewis’ 50-yard touchdown run, but Notre Dame’s Golden Tate scored two touchdowns in a 1:54 span – on an 18-yard touchdown pass from Jimmy Clausen and an 87-yard punt return – to make it 27-22 with 7:16 to play.
Pitt was forced to punt, but Greg Romeus stripped Clausen on a third-and-16 and Myles Caragein recovered at the Notre Dame 28 with 2:10 to play. Pitt ran out the clock for the win.
Bill Stull completed 15 of 27 for 236 yards and one touchdown.
Lewis rushed for 151 yards and one touchdown on 21 carries, and Jonathan Baldwin caught five passes for 142 yards and a touchdown.
Clausen completed 27 of 42 for 283 yards and one touchdown and one interception for the Fighting Irish (6-4). Tate caught nine passes for 113 yards, and Michael Floyd had seven receptions for 107 yards.