Mayock: Then Notre Dame misses the extra point, which means they'll have to go for two if they score again—keep that in mind. Golson gets the ball back with three minutes left in the game, running around behind the line for what seems like 10 seconds before he throws for 45 yards. On the next play he runs around again and hits Theo Riddick for a TD. It's 20--18, and they have to go for two! And again Golson uses his legs to run it in! (3)
Theismann: When they tied it up, I knew we'd win it in overtime. I'm a big believer in momentum, and we were at home.
Mayock: Eighty thousand people going nuts! In the first overtime they both kicked field goals. Then the drama really began, because Notre Dame looked like they were going to punch it in and they fumbled on the goal line.
Theismann: [Kevin Harper of] Pitt lined up for a 33-yard field goal, and you're thinking, Oh, well, it's been a great year.... And then he misses it!
Mayock: Wide right. At that point you're thinking, Touchdown Jesus just took over.
Philbin: I was on my couch in Connecticut, and I called my wife into the room. Normally she can't sit still for an entire game, but I said, "You have to see this!"
Mayock: In the third overtime [linebacker] Manti Te'o and Notre Dame's defense come up big and force Pitt to kick a field goal. You just knew Notre Dame would pull it off at that point. Then Golson punches it in on a QB sneak and the place goes crazy! (5) Just like that, Notre Dame is a very improbable 9--0.
Graham: It's one thing when you get blown out. But it's another thing to have had the game and know you should have won. I wish we could go back out there and play it over.
Mayock: When a game like that is over, I'm looking for two things: a cold beer and a television for the next game. I turned on the Oregon-USC game just like everyone else....
Final Score (3OT)