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Notre Dame hold onto No. 4 ranking

Notre Dame held its spot at No. 4 in the Associated Press Top 25 and USA Today coaches poll Sunday after its resilient 29-26 triple-overtime victory over Pittsburgh (4-5) on Saturday.

The Irish rallied from a 14-point deficit in the fourth quarter to win on quarterback Everett Golson’s 1-yard sneak in the third overtime to improve to 9-0 for the first time since 1993.

Notre Dame is projected to slip in the BCS standings, which will be released tonight, by analyst Jerry Palm.

Palm is projecting Notre Dame to go from No. 3 to No. 4 in the BCS standings with Oregon, which defeated USC 62-51 Saturday, moving into the No. 3 spot. Palm is also predicting Alabamato stay at No. 1 and Kansas State to hold onto the No. 2 spot.

Notre Dame will travel to play Boston College (2-7) this week with the game set to kickoff at 8 p.m. Saturday and broadcasted on ABC.

The Journal Gazette's Assistant Sports Editor Tony Krausz covers The University of Notre Dame. Krausz, a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and a native of St. Louis, has been assistant sports editor since October 2005. Prior to joining the JG, he worked at two papers in Mississippi covering high school and college athletics.