South Bend, IN (Sports Network) - Everett Golson was benched at halftime, returned when the fourth-ranked Fighting Irish faced their biggest deficit of the season and kept Notre Dame's dream season alive by orchestrating a sensational 29-26 comeback win over Pittsburgh in three overtimes.
Golson threw two fourth-quarter touchdown passes and sent things to overtime by running in a two-point conversion.
After trading field goals in the first overtime, Notre Dame senior running back Cierre Wood fumbled the ball while trying to dive over the goal line.
Pittsburgh recovered in the end zone, but with the game on his foot, Kevin Harper missed a 33-yard try wide to the right to keep the roller coaster ride going.
Harper put the pressure back on Notre Dame by nailing a 44-yarder on the first possession of the third OT, but after two first downs moved the ball to the one, Golson bulled his way in for the decisive score and the Irish's second win in overtime this season.
Notre Dame improved to 9-0 for the first time since 1993.