November 1, 2008 // Notre Dame Football
Pitt at Notre Dame – Overtime Notes
- Well that’s a first. Game is being delayed slightly while the sprinklers in the opposite end zone go off with Pitt on the opposite end of the field.
- Does the Irish coaching staff have some faith in Robert Blanton or what? Blanton is out on the field in overtime lining up against Jonathan Baldwin.
- Irish defense does its job for the most part by forcing a Pitt field goal giving the offense a chance to win the game with a touchdown.
- Looks like Chris Stewart caught a cramp in his leg. A he was running onto the field for the first offensive play in overtime, he went down and limped off the field. Trevor Robinson is on the field in place of Stewart.
- Two Armando Allen runs in a row and the Irish are looking at first and goal from the 10 with 3 chances to put the ball in the end zone for the go ahead score.
- Make that 3 straight runs for Allen and the Irish are down to the 3. 4th time was no the charm for the Irish with Pitt shutting down Allen for a loss of 1.
- Well, we head to double overtime after the Irish stall at the 4 yard line after it looked like we were going to punch it in. I realize that Allent was running well, but why not give Aldridge the ball inside the 5 where he has been so effective the last few weeks?
- Oh my does that suck. Michael Floyd was running loose for an easy touchdown and Jimmy Clausen just missed him with a horrible throw, and now the Irish face a 3rd and 6.
- And now Trevor Robinson is out and sophomore Taylor Dever is in for him.
- Another stalled drive for the Irish in overtime as Pitt holds us to a field goal. Walker is now 3 for 3 today. Defense needs a big stand and will have the Pitt student section to give support on this drive.
- Ian Williams saves the game with a huge tackle of LeSean McCoy on a screen pass and then the Irish defense comes up HUGE with a stop on 3rd and 1 which means we’re headed to a 3rd overtime.
- Irish give up a 16 yard gain after Pitt faced 2nd and 13. The screen to McCoy was not diagnosed early enough and McCoy blew by Blanton to pick up a huge first down for the Pitt offense.
- AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH. So close to a David Burton interception. Nice delayed blitz by Brian Smith forced a quick throw. Pitt kicks the field goal and now the Irish can win it once again with a touchdown.
- WOW. Brandon Walker is now 4 for 4 and ties a career high with a 48 yard field goal to force a 4th overtime. That makes 7 straight field goals for Walker.
- This is the first 4 overtime game in Notre Dame history.
- And it doesn’t look like the game will make it to a 5th overtime… Walker’s consecutive kick streak ends at 7 with a miss from 37 yards. Any points from Pitt win the game. Where did the offense go in overtime? If Pitt goes on to win, Jimmy Clausen will be asked a lot of questions about his overthrow to Michael Floyd in the 2nd overtime this week.
- Game over. Pitt wins in 4 OTs after the Irish offense fails to put the ball in the end zone one time with 4 tries. Going to be a lot of second guessing this week as Pitt is by far the worst team the Irish have lost to this year and there is no reason this game should have ever went into overtime. Once in overtime it should never have reached a 3rd OT after Floyd ran wide open into the end zone but had Clausen over throw him by 7 yards.
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