Notre Dame took a long route to keeping its national championship hopes alive, but the Irish did it thanks to a 1-yard touchdown plunge by quarterback Everett Golson.
The No. 4 Irish defeated Pittsburgh29-26 in triple overtime Saturday at Notre Dame Stadium. Notre Dame improved to 9-0 for the first time since 1993.
Notre Dame forced Pittsburgh to kick a 41-yard field goal as the Panthers started with the ball in overtime.
The Irish couldn't put the game away in the first overtime as they had to settle for a 37-yard field goal from Kyle Brindza to force a second overtime.
Notre Dame failed to score in the second overtime as running back Cierre Wood lost the ball while diving into the end zone and Pitt recovered the fumble.
The Irish got a little bit of luck on the Panthers' possession as Kevin Harper missed a 33-yard field goal wide right.
Harper came back to hit a 44-yard field goal to give Pitt a 26-23 lead before Notre Dame got the ball in the third overtime.
Golson wrapped up the comeback by plunging in from 1 yard out on the Irish's third-overtime possession.