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Halftime update: Irish trail Pitt 10-6

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Notre Dame dominated play in the first half against Pittsburgh on Saturday, but found itself trailing 10-6 at the half, thanks to an offense that sputtered in the red zone, and a defense that went from invincible to vulnerable in a matter of moments.

Tied 3-3 after one, Notre Dame drove all the way to the Pitt 1-yard line early in the second quarter. But Theo Riddick -- who had a 2-yard touchdown run overturned on a replay -- was stuffed for no gain on second down, then a 4-yard loss on third down, and the Irish had to settle for a 20-yard Kyle Brindza field goal. The drive went 89 yards on 18 plays and took up 9 minutes, 26 seconds -- but resulted in just three points.

After the teams traded punts, Pitt suddenly seized control with four straight plays of at least 10 yards -- three passes and then Ray Graham's 16-yard touchdown run, on which he ran right through Notre Dame safety Matthias Farley. It was just the second rushing touchdown Notre Dame has surrendered all season.

Tommy Rees -- who entered the game when Everett Golson's helmet came off for a third-down play late -- finished the quarter, running the hurry-up and setting up a Brindza 44-yard field-goal attempt, which was wide right as time expired. Golson finished the half 9-of-15 for 88 yards. 

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This page contains a single entry by Mark Lazerus published on November 3, 2012 4:14 PM.

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