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Notre Dame at Pittsburgh

When: 8 p.m. today

Where: Heinz Field (65,050/grass), Pittsburgh

TV: ABC Radio: 1450 AM, 1510 AM. 107.3 FM

Line: Pittsburgh by 7

Records: Notre Dame 6-3; Pittsburgh 8-1

Series: Notre Dame leads 44-19-1

On the Web: For a video preview of game, go to www.journalgazette.net

Notre Dame

Offensive statistics

Points per game: 30.1 (36th in NCAA)

Yards per game: 463.7 (6th)

Passing yards per game: 325.6 (5th)

Rushing yards per game: 138.1 (71st)

Defensive statistics

Points per game: 22.9 (49th)

Yards per game: 386.2 (79th)

Passing yards per game: 237.4 (88th)

Rushing yards per game: 148.8 (67th)

Keys

Top 3 offensive players: Jimmy Clausen, QB, 307.8 yards per game is fifth best in the nation; Golden Tate, WR, is third in the nation with 117.7 receiving yards per game; Armando Allen, RB, leads team with 514 rushing yards

Top 3 defensive players: Kyle McCarthy, S, leads team with 72 tackles and five INTs; Brian Smith, LB, second on team with 51 tackles, with five for loss; Manti Te’o, LB, has led or share the lead in tackles twice in the last four games

Key to victory: Notre Dame has to block out the distractions of coach Charlie Weis’ future being in jeopardy, and the Irish have to eliminate mistakes in the red zone that cost them points last week in a 23-21 loss to Navy.

Injury: TE Kyle Rudolph (shoulder) out; QB Dayne Crist (knee) out

Pittsburgh

Offensive statistics

Points per game: 34.6 (16th in NCAA)

Yards per game: 408.4 (37th)

Passing yards per game: 221.4 (61st)

Rushing yards per game: 187 (26th)

Defensive statistics

Points per game: 17.1 (19th)

Yards per game: 310.9 (21st)

Passing yards per game: 204.1 (38th)

Rushing yards per game: 106.8 (26th)

Keys

Top 3 offensive players: Bill Stull, QB, fifth in pass efficiency at 161.6, thrown for 1,879 yards with 17 TDs and four INTs; Dion Lewis, RB, run for 1,139 yards and 12 TDs; Dorin Dickerson, TE, leads team in catches (39) and receiving TDs (10)

Top 3 defensive players: Greg Romeus, DE, leads team with 7 1/2 sacks and has nine tackles for loss; Max Gruder, LB, second on team in tackles (58) with three for loss; Aaron Berry, CB, four pass breakups and one INT

Key to victory: Control the ball with Lewis, keeping Clausen and the Irish offense on the sidelines, and when Notre Dame has the ball continue to generate pressure with the front four and force the junior to move out of the pocket.

Injuries: N/A

tkrausz@jg.net

– Tony Krausz, The Journal Gazette

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