The final score was closer than the game really was. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish, ACC members in all sports except football, brought their 5-star talent to Pittsburgh yesterday and cruised to a 42-30 victory over Pitt on the gridiron.
The domination started on Notre Dame’s very first series. Freshman Irish QB DeShone Kizer threw a quick screen pass to senior tailback C.J. Prosise for 19 yards. Then, Prosise ran for 9 yards before Kizer went to the air and connected with junior WR Will Fuller for 47 yards for the lightning quick TD. Notre Dame led Pitt 7-0 in 1 minute and 11 seconds of action.
Both teams then traded punts before Pitt went back to work on offense.
Panther junior superstar WR Tyler Boyd ran for 37 yards and was spelled by redshirt freshman running back Qadree Ollison with runs of 5 and 4 yards. Pitt junior QB Nate Peterman then straight up the middle for 26 yards before Boyd added another 3 yard run of his own. The drive stalled from there and Pitt settled for 22 yard field from junior placekicker Chris Blewitt. Notre Dame 7 Pitt 3.
Notre Dame answered right back.
Prosise tote the rock for 2 and 11 yards before senior Pitt cornerback Lafayette Pitts sacked Kizer for a loss of 7 yards and caused a fumble, which the Fighting Irish recovered. It was one of three Irish fumbles on the day that Pitt caused and Notre Dame recovered.
Kizer, though, went back to the air and connected with Prosise for 10 yards and Fuller for 10 more yards. After an incompletion, a 5 yard Irish penalty and a loss of 1 yard, Kizer reconnected with Fuller for 15 yards.
Kizer picked up an additional yard and capped the drive by throwing a strike to Irish junior WR Torii Hunter Jr., the son of Torii Hunter of the Minnesota Twins, for a 12 yard TD. Notre Dame led Pitt 14-3.
The teams traded punts and Pitt drove the ball to the Irish redzone. That’s when Peterman underthrew a pass and was intercepted by Irish safety Matthias Farley at the 1 yard line.
Despite another trade of punts, Notre Dame had...
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