Irish quarterback Everett Golson, coming off his breakthrough performance at Oklahoma last week, was sharp from the start, completing his first four passes as Notre Dame moved the ball quickly and moved the ball well on the opening drive. But the drive sputtered, and the Irish settled for a 37-yard Kyle Brindza field goal.
Pitt responded with a 55-yard Ray Graham run on its first offensive snap of the game -- the longest play surrendered by Notre Dame this year -- but the Irish defense stiffened, Kapron Lewis-Moore got a third-down sack, and Pitt settled for a 39-yard Kevin Harper field goal.
Golson finished the quarter 8-of-11 for 79 yards, while Theo Riddick had 31 rushing yards and Cierre Wood added 25. Golson has the Irish in Pitt territory when the second quarter begins.