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.