Five Answers: Pittsburgh
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Five Answers: Pittsburgh

The luck of the Irish helped Notre Dame remain undefeated in another strange home game performance. We posed five questions prior to the game and now give you the answers after another Irish victory.

ANSWER ONE

Q. Can Everett Golson play the best home game of his career?

Golson had his good and bad moments but was there when it mattered most helping the Irish to a hard fought overtime win. We'll spilt our answer here as it was good and bad but proved to be a game where the first year starter grew up a little bit right in front of our eyes. Still too many missed opportunities that need to be shored up by the time the Irish finish the season.

ANSWER TWO

Q. Can the Irish defense pressure Panthers quarterback Tino Sunseri into making mistakes?

The Irish posted five sacks and eight quarterback hurries but Sunseri never delivered the interception the Irish could have used to put a few extra points on the board. Give the senior credit for taking a beating and keeping his cool.

ANSWER THREE

Q. Can the Irish defense keep Ray Graham and Rushel Shell below their combined average of 140 yards rushing?

Shell only carried the ball once but Graham averaged 7.2 yards per carry in way of posting 172 rushing yards on the day with one touchdown. Because of the play of Graham the Panthers came so close to being the biggest story of the day in college football.

ANSWER FOUR

Q. Can the Irish defense post a shutout against a team that has struggled throughout the course of the season?

The only shutout the Irish posted on the day came in the fourth quarter. While that was important to allowing the Irish a chance to tie the game and go into overtime, the overall performance was not up to the standards seen this season. Because of the score you would never know Pitt only recorded 13 first downs on the day.

ANSWER FIVE

Q. Is Pittsburgh the team to end Notre Dame's undefeated season?

No! They came very close and after further review the fact the Irish had two players on the field with the same jersey number for the field goal in overtime just shows how much luck comes into play any season a team works to have a perfect season.