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Final: Pitt 28, Notre Dame 21

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to kickoff …

Game: Pitt (4-4, 2-3 ACC) vs. Notre Dame (7-2)

Time: 8:02 p.m.

Site: Heinz Field

TV, radio: ABC (national), 93.7 The Fan, Pitt IMG Sports Network

Here is the official live summary.

Here is our Pitt page. Jerry DiPaola and Kevin Gorman are on the scene.

Author: Dejan Kovacevic

Dejan Kovacevic, a lifelong Pittsburgher, is an award-winning sports columnist for Trib Total Media covering the Steelers, Penguins, Pirates, Pitt and, recently, his fourth Olympics in Sochi, Russia. He also appears on WPXI-TV's 'Subway Final Word’ and hosts a weekly show on TribLIVE Radio. For 2011, he was named one of the country's top four columnists by the AP Sports Editors. For 2012, he was named one of the country's top three columnists by the National Headliners. For 2013, he was named the state's top columnist by the Keystone Press Awards and top columnist in Western Pennsylvania by the Golden Quills.


  1. Drew71 says:

    I’ve heard of Notre Dame. Who’s the other team?

  2. theplanisworking says:

    Go Pitt!

  3. radio wave says:

    As far as I know, only 1 upset so far today, Kansas State over TX. Tech. Maybe Pitt can give paybacks to ND for last year’s game. Oskosh, big weekend for your UW in both football and hoops.

  4. Brandie says:

    I concur. Notre Same can be beaten! Why not Pitt? Why not now? :-P

  5. Brandie says:

    Notre Dame! Why does the tablet keep changing Dame to Same?

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    • 11/9/2013 5:30 PM

    I’m thinking Pitt in a nail biter

  7. JoeyBats says:

    Time for a solid performance by this PITT team. ….(THAT would be a welcome change for a Paul Chryst coached team!) :-(
    Let’s go PITT….beat the “cocky” and “over-hyped” Irish!
    Hail to PITT !!

  8. Bizrow says:


  9. Go SEC.

    Just kidding.

  10. theplanisworking says:

    The 1-3- is on the other thread, Sir. ;)

  11. theplanisworking says:

    Because all Dames are the same…………. W. C. Fields. ;)

  12. JRay3 says:

    A great opportunity awaits these Panthers again tonight. Every seat at Heinz Field sold, a stable of young impressionable recruits in attendance, a National TV audience with Brent Musberger and Kirk Herbstreit calling the game.

    This season to this point has been better defined by missed opportunities, but a win against the Irish can turn that script.

    The Panthers need to find two wins just to gain bowl eligibility, but bigger than that Paul Chryst needs his first true signature win at the helm and tonight provides that opportunity.

    Let’s Go Pitt!

  13. theplanisworking says:


  14. Lad9 says:

    Good evening from Heinz Field. Beautiful night for football. I don’t feel real confident about this one, but I think there is a chance. No matter what though, behind the Panthers all the way. HAIL TO PITT!!

  15. theplanisworking says:

    Please bring home a win.

  16. JRay3 says:

    Enjoy the game! Pitt always seems to give ND fits, if the offense can get back on track against a banged up Irish defense could be in for a good one.

  17. Barb says:

    Hello everyone… too Stuart. Love the 3 and out.

  18. theplanisworking says:

    Hi Barb.

    Can you make a re-do on that horrible punt?

  19. JRay3 says:

    19 yard punt, and bad play call on the 3rd and 2 when ND was selling out on the run, takes some of the luster of nice opening drive.

  20. theplanisworking says:

    No harm on that drive.

  21. Lad9 says:

    I forgot to say hello to Stuart. Didn’t realize he was in the house. Thanks Barb!

    Hi Stuart! Great to see your happy face in the house. :)

  22. JRay3 says:

    Receivers have space and are open but Savage is not even close, looks skittish in pocket. Need defense to come up with a big play.

  23. Barb says:

    I was being a bad girl. :) I would like to go on record and say…..Get rid of Savage. I have not been impressed with him all year. Chryst needs to find someone who can play QB.

  24. theplanisworking says:

    Update on the professional football game being played tonight……. LSU 7, Alabama 3.


  25. Lad9 says:

    You got it nailed JRay. The QB play is sub standard to say the least. He looks bad. No accuracy.

  26. Lad9 says:

    Hee hee. :)

  27. Jason81 says:

    So you’re saying the SEC is paying their players? ;)

  28. J Walter Weatherman says:

    Brian Kelly seems like such a nice guy.

  29. theplanisworking says:


    Like old Chicago voters……… early and often.

  30. Pat4Pgh says:

    Musburger is terrible! Such a Notre Shame adovocate.
    #7 was eightfully ejected! He led with his helmet, no arms positioned for a tackle.
    Again, Musburger is so pro ND

  31. theplanisworking says:

    WOOP !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  32. JRay3 says:

    Pitt with much needed TD drive, and great response from Savage after getting drilled. Boyd and Street giving Irish secondary fits.

  33. JRay3 says:

    Without a doubt it was a helmet led hit to the helmet, no question about it.

  34. Barb says:

    I so agree. Kirk Herbstreit can’t get a word in at all. Only when the old windbag allows it. So glad to see that we finally got on the board.

  35. Pat4Pgh says:

    The real sports announcers are on CBS doing the LSU/Bama game. Would be nice to have the networks reversed

  36. JohninOshkosh says:

    Just got home. Was Tuitt call legit-was he targeting? Don’t think I’ve seen an ejection for that. How about crowd-good Pitt crowd or overrun by Irish fans?

  37. J Walter Weatherman says:

    Can Blewitt be worse at punting than Yoklic? Maybe have Boyd give it a shot.

  38. Lad9 says:

    Not over run by ND fans but more than an average game if course. Overwhelmingly a Pitt crowd. Just need a reason to cheer.

  39. JRay3 says:

    Well through 30 minutes Pitt is in game, but left too many chances out there in opening half. Pitts gets ko return to 50 and Panthers get no points. On second to last drive before half, Pitt gets to ND 40 and TD pass is there to Street who beats his man and Savage unable to connect and make the throw.

    Rees looks fairly awful for the Irish, so the opportunity is there, but offense needs to start finishing drives.

  40. Bizrow says:

    Is there another QB we could try??

    Just saying

  41. DJ says:

    Savage has not looked good since the first half of the Duke game. Not throwing with confidence and conviction.

    I’m wondering if Chryst even thinks about a move there. He should.

  42. theplanisworking says:

    We could try 5′ 8″ Chad Voytik.
    He couldnt beat Savage in camp, I dont know if he is an improvement……….

  43. Lad9 says:

    Voytik is 6’1 and mobile my friend. He actually is pretty good. I think savages experience won him the job. But he is just not accurate enough. I would consider starting Voytik next week.

  44. theplanisworking says:

    Laddie, he is 6′ 1″ in the media guide only!!!
    I know he is mobile…….. i just dont see him as an upgrade, but am to the point of trying him, to see one way or another.

  45. Bizrow says:

    Brent Cheeseburgher, said the Gunner did PBP for Pitt


    Sorry if that was posted before

  46. JohninOshkosh says:

    Thanks, Lad.

  47. Bizrow says:

    We are going nowhere with Savage

    A spark, maybe?

    Unless there is no depth

  48. Bizrow says:

    This is a game Pitt can win

    Change the QB

  49. JohninOshkosh says:

    Gotta punch it in here.

  50. theplanisworking says:

    Now THAT was a drive !

  51. J Walter Weatherman says:

    Who are these imposters playing o-line for the Panthers and what have they done with the completely inept linemen?

  52. JRay3 says:

    +7…..Tie game, great balance on that frive, time for defense to keep momentum with Panthers.

  53. JohninOshkosh says:

    True freshman Connor bulldozes into the end zone and the game is tied. Sign that kid up, Steelers.

  54. J Walter Weatherman says:

    That’s the Pitt defense we know!

  55. theplanisworking says:

    And that was a crappy defensive play!

  56. JRay3 says:

    Meant great balance on drive….also meant a little more defense than giving TD right back on one play 80 yards strike.

  57. JohninOshkosh says:

    Ugh, ND goes ahead on big play action play. Can’t allow big plays in these close games.

  58. theplanisworking says:


  59. theplanisworking says:

    Savage and Street with a great play!

  60. JRay3 says:

    HUGE answer by Street 63 yards and Pitt strikes back with their own big play and evens it up. Now get a stop defense!

  61. theplanisworking says:

    Clamoring for Voytik is like clamoring for Lambo this past Pirate season. :)

  62. JohninOshkosh says:


  63. JohninOshkosh says:


  64. JohninOshkosh says:

    Pitt should just play ND 12 times a season. These are always entertaining games.

  65. Bizrow says:

    Pitt deserves one time

    Hidden vigorish

  66. theplanisworking says:

    Vinopal is a player!

    GO PITT !!!

  67. J Walter Weatherman says:

    Musburger with the most boring INT call ever. That play needed a Gus Johnson call.

  68. J Walter Weatherman says:

    False start after a TO on 1st down after the big INT. Ugh

  69. theplanisworking says:

    TD CONNOR !!!!!!!!!!

    Thanks Biz for the hidden vigorish!!

  70. J Walter Weatherman says:

    Aaron Donald time. He’s been quiet. Due for a big play.

    DK: Don’t know if that’s fair. Been double-teamed all night. There’s value in that alone.

  71. JRay3 says:

    Made the turnover count….Connor second TD of game and Pitt leads!!!

  72. JohninOshkosh says:

    Savage 21-34 239 yards 2 TD 0 INT

    Conner 9 Rushes 36 Yards 2 TD

  73. JohninOshkosh says:

    Time to eat up some clock with a nice drive!

  74. JohninOshkosh says:

    This is the game here. How about a pick 6 on Rees?

  75. theplanisworking says:

    Nice defensive stops.

    Now 1 first down seals it !

  76. JRay3 says:

    Huge stop by Panthers defense and great play by Gonzalez! Paul Chryst just two minutes from that signature win!

  77. JohninOshkosh says:


    Will be biggest win of Chryst era.

  78. theplanisworking says:

    And that does it!

    Pitt showed character tonight, and gets a huge win.
    Feel good for Chryst, and Savage……… 2 people much-maligned.

    And, always feels good to beat the “entitled” Golden Domers.

  79. JRay3 says:

    Pitt 28, Notre Dame 21….so happy for coach Chryst and the Pitt kids, well deserved and great game.

  80. J Walter Weatherman says:

    I agree, but my point stands. Not making plays (tackles, sacks, etc.) equals being quiet. I thought he might beat the double team and come up with a big sack (as he did against GT). He’s a special player capable of doing that. However, I agree that he played well, getting double-teamed and held all night.

  81. JohninOshkosh says:

    Keeps bowling hopes alive for the Panthers and injects some energy into the Chryst led program.

    If college football handed out stars, Savage would get one. He played well tonight and made the plays when needed.

  82. J Walter Weatherman says:

    Big win with a lot of recruits in town for the game. Even if ND’s defensive front was depleted, that was a big leap forward for the o-line. Savage played well in the 2nd half (not so much in the 1st half). Boyd, Street, and Connor had nice games.

    Always feels good to beat ND. This year especially so, after getting jobbed in South Bend last year with that phantom PI call in the 4th quarter.

  83. theplanisworking says:


  84. Lad 9 says:

    Back from the North Shore. Great atmosphere tonight. Tom Savage was a different QB after his first pass in the second half. It was great to see. Also thought that Paul Chryst out coached Brian Kelly fairly convincingly tonight. Sweet win and a lot of fun! Hail to Pitt!

  85. JoeyBats says:

    ALWAYS great to beat the Irish!
    One more victory…and Pitt is Bowl eligible for “The Busted Tail Pipe Bowl.” ;-)

  86. My Uncle went to Pitt and was a Pitt fan and went to home games, and he certainly would’ve been impressed by last night’s win, which was definitely the best game Pitt had played in some time. Anyhow, Pitt got off to a flying start in basketball versus Savannah State on Friday night and they beat Notre Dame on Saturday night, and so, us fans couldn’t have asked for anything better.

  87. Mussburger certainly sounded mournful enough throughout much of last night’s game. But then, Pitt was showing him who was the better team, whether or not he could bear it.

  88. It always seems anymore as if coaches are nicer after loses than after wins, when they tend to be arrogant.

  89. Pitt competed in a bowl game last year and lost 38-17 to Old Miss, but hopefully, they’ll play much better in another bowl this time.

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