SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Pitt nearly did it again, but Notre Dame avoided the fate met by Clemson and Miami in recent years. But nearly isn't good enough in the Panthers' book.
Miles Boykin pulled in a 35-yard touchdown pass from Ian Book with 5:43 left in the game, and that would be the only lead the fifth-ranked Fighting Irish needed to come away with a 19-14 win over the Panthers on Saturday at Notre Dame Stadium.
It was a dream first half for the Panthers (3-4), who were seeking to knock off a top-five team for a third consecutive season. The defense forced a Notre Dame (7-0) punt on the first drive of the game and began on their own 12 after a fair catch, setting up the offense to piece together a well-balanced drive that might have been the team's best of the season.