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Football faces Fighting Irish under the lights at Heinz Field

Freshman Tyler Boyd has four 100-yard receiving games.

Freshman Tyler Boyd has four 100-yard receiving games.

Nov. 4, 2013

Pitt (4-4, 2-3 ACC) vs. #24/25 Notre Dame (7-2)

Nov. 9, 2013 • 8 p.m., ET • ABC-TV (WTAE-TV, Channel 4, in Pittsburgh)

Heinz Field (65,500/Natural Grass) • Pittsburgh, Pa.

Pitt Game Notes Link:
Notre Dame Game

Game Storylines

• Pitt and Notre Dame renew ties for the 69th time as the Panthers host their historic rival under the lights at Heinz Field. Pitt is looking to put the brakes on a two-game losing skid while the surging Irish are trying to extend their four-game winning streak.

• Pitt’s recent series history with Notre Dame has been filled with nail-biters. The past five games have been decided by an average of four points. Two of those contests have gone to overtime.

• Last year’s game at Notre Dame Stadium ranked among the most dramatic of the 2012 college football season. The teams battled for three overtimes before Notre Dame finally prevailed, 29-26, keeping its BCS title game aspirations alive.

• The Pitt-Notre Dame series is filled with legendary games and players. Ready to carve out his place among the rivalry’s all-time greats is Pitt senior defensive tackle Aaron Donald. The All-America candidate is making a case for being the country’s most disruptive defensive lineman. He leads the nation in tackles for loss (2.4 per game), ranks third in sacks (1.1 per game) and is 12th in forced fumbles (0.38 per game).



Aaron Donald is coming off one of the most dominant individual performances in Pitt history. At Georgia Tech last week, he compiled 11 tackles (all solo), six TFLs, two forced fumbles and a sack. The six TFLs are the most by an FBS player this season.

• Freshman receiver Tyler Boyd had 11 catches for 118 yards and a touchdown at Georgia Tech. Boyd now has four 100-yard receiving games through just eight collegiate contests, matching Larry Fitzgerald’s 2002 freshman season record.

• Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly is very familiar with Pitt dating back to his tenure at Cincinnati (2007-09). Kelly is 5-1 vs. Pitt with the lone loss a 24-17 setback to the host Panthers in 2007.

Pitt-Notre Dame History in Brief

Series Began: 1909

Series Overall: Notre Dame leads 47-20-1

At Pittsburgh: Notre Dame leads 26-10-1

At Notre Dame: Notre Dame leads 21-10

At Neutral Sites: DNA

OT Games: Series tied, 1-1

Last Meeting: Nov. 3, 2012 (Notre Dame 29, Pitt 26, 3OT)

Last Meeting at Pitt: Sept. 24, 2011 (Notre Dame 15, Pitt 12)

Current Series Streak: Notre Dame has won 3 (2010-12)

Longest Pitt Series Win Streak: 3 games (three times, last: 1983, ‘86-87)

Longest Notre Dame Series Win Streak: 11 games (1964-74)

Largest Pitt Victory Margin: 26 points (26-0, 1936)

Largest Notre Dame Victory Margin: 58 points (58-0, 1944)

Pitt-Notre Dame Series Notes

Pitt and Notre Dame meet for the 69th time in a series that dates back to 1909...the Irish lead the all-time series by a 47-20-1 count...since 2004 the Irish hold a 4-3 edge...close contests have been the norm for most of the past decade...eight of the past nine games have been decided by single digits, including last season’s three-overtime thriller won by host Notre Dame, 29-26...it was the Irish’s third consecutive win over Pitt...they also won 15-12 at Heinz Field in 2011 and 23-17 at Notre Dame Stadium in 2010...Pitt’s last win in the series was a 27-22 triumph at Heinz Field in 2009...the Panthers are 10-26-1 at home and 10-21 on the road against Notre Dame...Pitt’s longest winning streak in the series is three games, achieved three separate times (1932-34; 1958-60; 1983, ‘86-87)...Notre Dame’s longest winning streak against Pitt is 11 games, which occurred from 1964-74...that streak was snapped in 1975 when Pitt defeated the Irish, 34-20, behind 303 rushing yards from Tony Dorsett...the 303 yards remain a Notre Dame opponent record...in four games against the Irish (1973-76), Dorsett rushed for 754 yards, an NCAA record for a player against a four-year opponent...the Pitt-Notre Dame series is long on history and color...on Nov. 13, 1999, the Panthers defeated Notre Dame, 37-27, in the final game ever played at Pitt Stadium...Pittsburgh product Kevan Barlow scored two TDs, including the game’s final score on a two-yard run to close down the 74-year-old structure...the 2008 game at Notre Dame was an instant classic...the Panthers clawed back from a 17-3 halftime deficit to defeat the Irish, 36-33, in four overtimes...the four-overtime affair marked the longest game in both Pitt and Notre Dame history...the ‘08 game also marked the Panthers’ second consecutive victory at Notre Dame Stadium...in its prior visit to South Bend (2004), Pitt beat the Irish, 41-38, behind five touchdown passes from Tyler Palko, an unprecedented achievement against Notre Dame.

Pitt-Notre Dame Broadcast Information

Television • ABC (WTAE-TV, Channel 4, in Pittsburgh)

Brent Musburger, play-by-play

Kirk Herbstreit, analyst

Heather Cox, reporter


Pitt Radio • 93.7 The Fan & the Pitt IMG Sports Network

Bill Hillgrove, play-by-play

Pat Bostick, analyst

Gregg Giannotti, reporter

Larry Richert, reporter


SiriusXM Satellite Radio

Sirius Channel 138, XM Channel 191


Internet Audio • Panthers All-Access