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Ugly, but a win

It wasn't pretty. It was frustrating. But it was also a Notre Dame victory.

The Irish defeated Pittsburgh 15-12 thanks to a big drive in the fourth quarter and gutsy calls to ice the game.

Tommy Rees put together a drive everyone was waiting for in the final quarter.

The sophomore completed 8 of 8 passes for 74 yards, capping an 85-yard trek with a 6-yard touchdown throw to tight end Tyler Eifert.

Eifert, the former Bishop Dwenger standout, then caught a two-point conversion for a 15-12 Irish lead with 6:48 to play.

Eifert finished with eight catches for 75 yards.

The Irish then put the game away when on third-and-9 Rees found Michael Floyd, who hadn't caught a pass since the first quarter, for an 8-yard gain. Then Rees pulled off the quarterback sneak to get the first down and the win.

Notre Dame (2-2) will travel to Purdue next weekend.

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