Notre Dame leads Pitt 7-6 at the half thanks to a 79-yard touchdown run by Jonas Gray--his first career touchdown. It's also the longest touchdown run for the Irish since 2000.
Pitt has come up with some big plays, but has not been able to capitalize on any of them. Andrew Taglianetti sacked Notre Dame quarterback Tommy Rees at the Pitt 25. The fumble was recovered by Greg Williams. Though Pitt took over just outside their own redzone, the Panthers lost five yards on four plays, settling for a 45-yard field goal from Kevin Harper.
Harper added a 23-yarder in the second quarter as well, after Gray's touchdown run. Pitt also had another missed opportunity in the second quarter. Jason Hendricks picked off a Tommy Rees pass at his own two yard-line, ending another Notre Dame drive. On the first play of that drive, Ray Graham rushed for 42 yards. Unfortunately, Pitt got as far as the Notre Dame 33. Tino Sunseri pooch-punted for 33 yards, forcing Notre Dame at the 2.
Notre Dame answered that drive--starting at their own 2, and marching 80 yards on 14 plays. David Ruffer's 39-yard field goal attempt at the end of the first half was no good for the Irish, leaving them with a 7-6 lead.
Ray Graham leads Pitt with 62 yards on 11 carries in the first half. Mike Shanahan leads Pitt with 4 catches for 42 yards. Mark Myers made his Pitt debut--punting the ball 46 yards in the first quarter. Trey Anderson took one first half series on offense, misfiring on both passes attempted.