A game that changed everything against Pittsburgh



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The Notre Dame football team dominated the Pittsburgh Panthers and advanced more than any game this year.

Many college football writers (including those here at Slap the Sign) thought the Irish would struggle with the Pitt Panthers due to their propensity to stop the run and Notre Dame’s inability to throw the ball deep. .

The Irish shattered all expectations with 312 yards from the right arm of the 5th-year senior quarterback Ian Book.

A connection between Book and graduate transfer receiver Ben Skowronek changed the entire complexion of the Panthers’ 45-3 rout on Saturday.

The Irish started the game with a solid 11-play, 75-yard touchdown that was capped off with a 34-yard touchdown pass from Book to Skowronek. After a Pitt field goal made it 7-3, the Irish and Panthers each traded punts.

It appeared the pundits were right as Notre Dame looked to pitch for the third time in a row. The Irish faced 3rd-and-14 from their own 27-yard line. The receding pound raised a ball up for grabs. In Skowronek’s mind, the ball was not up for grabs.

Skowronek jumped up and grabbed a pass that knocked out the entire Pitt secondary. By the time Safety Erick Hallett realized what had happened, Skowronek was well on his way to the end zone. After making the score 14-3, the game was never in doubt.

Of course, this game had a huge impact on the game. However, the real impact is the confidence that the coaching staff and players of Ireland have in the passing game going forward. The contest against Clemson is a referendum on the season.

Although the Notre Dame football team isn’t good enough to beat Clemson today, they did come close to that goal with this play, Skowronek’s 73-yard touchdown and the game as a whole.


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