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Irish force OT

Notre Dame rallied to keep its national title hopes alive as it over game a 14-point deficit to tie Pittsburgh at 20 and force overtime.

Notre Dame cut into its deficit when TJ Jones scored on a passing play from 11 yards out, but the No. 4 Irish couldn't convert the point-after attempt and trailed the Panthers 20-12 with13:40 to play.

After Golson threw a crushing interception in the end zone with3:59 to play, Notre Dame got the ball right back when the defense force Pitt to go three-and-out.

The Panthers' punt only got to the 50, and Golson provided everything the Irish needed from there.

On the first play, the sophomore danced around in the backfield until he found DaVaris Daniels for a 45-yard gain. Golson did more improvising on the next play before finding Theo Riddick for a 5-yard TD, and the quarterback completed the trifecta by running in for the 2-point conversion to tie the game at 20 with 2:11 to play.

Notre Dame won the toss and opted to play defense first in the overtime.