Posted: Monday November 5, 2012 2:29 PM

Panthers regrouping after near miss at Notre Dame

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PITTSBURGH (AP) - Pittsburgh coach Paul Chryst thinks getting ready for Connecticut on a short week isn't necessarily a bad thing.

Chryst said playing the Huskies on Friday night will help his team move forward following a heartbreaking 29-26 overtime loss at Notre Dame on Saturday. Pitt (4-5) needs to win two of its final three games to become bowl eligible and Chryst said that's an attainable goal that should prevent any emotional letdown.

The Panthers played perhaps their finest game of the season on the road against the Fighting Irish but let a 14-point fourth quarter slip away.

Kicker Kevin Harper missed a field goal in overtime that would have won the game, but Chryst stressed the loss does not fall on Harper's shoulders.
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