Pittsburgh 10, Notre Dame 9
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) _ Jeff VanHorne kicked a 29-yard field goal with one minute left and Notre Dame kicker John Carney’s 38-yard attempt with 23 seconds remaining sailed wide, as Pittsburgh came from behind Saturday to defeat the Irish, 10-9, in a non-conference college football game.
VanHorne missed on two earlier attempts, while Carney had kicked two field goals in the first half, including a 48-yard attempt, and scored again on a 20-yard attempt in the fourth quarter.
Carney’s third effort put the Irish, 1-4, ahead 9-7 after Pittsburgh quarterback John Congemi rushed 1 yard over left guard early in the third quarter for the game’s only touchdown.
The 83-yard touchdown drive by Pittsburgh, 3-2-1, included a 19-yard pass to Craig Heyward and began when linebacker Steve Apke intercepted Irish quarterback Steve Beuerlein’s pass to Anthony Johnson.
Congemi completed 10 of 26 attemps for 117 yards, while Beuerlein completed seven of 11 attempts for 61 yards.
Pittsburgh twice failed to score from inside the Notre Dame 30-yard line in the first half, as VanHorne missed a 43-yard field goal attempt and had a 36- yard attempt blocked by Mike Griffin.
The Panthers failed again to score as they drove to the Notre Dame 1-yard line early in the fourth quarter but were stopped on a fourth-down attempt as tailback Charles Gladman’s leap over the middle was blocked by linebackers Jeff Alm and Mike Kovaleski. But the Pittsburgh defense time and again stymied Notre Dame on third down, as the Irish succeeded on only four of 16 third down attempts.
The Irish scored early in the second quarter on a 35-yard field goal by Carney after Beuerlein led a 59-yard drive, including a 21-yard pass play to tailback Mark Green, that stalled at the Pittsburgh 18-yard line.
Carney kicked the 48-yard field goal, his second-longest in regular season play, with 10 seconds remaining in the half.