Notre Dame rallies past Pitt, 15-12

September 24, 2011 - 2:40 PM
Notre Dame Pittsburgh Football

Notre Dame running back Jonas Gray, center, celebrates with teammates Tyler Eifert, left, and Braxston Cave after making a 79-yard touchdown run against Pittsburgh in the second quarter of the NCAA football game, Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011 in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Notre Dame quarterback Tommy Rees shrugged off a miserable first three quarters to hit tight end Tyler Eifert for a 6-yard touchdown with less than 7 minutes to go and lift the Fighting Irish to a 15-12 win over Pittsburgh on Saturday.

Rees finished 24 of 41 for 216 yards, but was a perfect 8 for 8 on the game-winning drive as the Irish (2-2) won their second straight. Jonas Gray scored on a 79-yard touchdown run for Notre Dame, which overcame eight penalties and two costly turnovers.

It wasn't pretty. The Irish failed to muster any momentum for long stretches against the Panthers (2-2), but found enough to win their second straight following an 0-2 start.

Tino Sunseri threw for 165 yards and a score for Pitt (2-2), but was sacked twice on the Panthers' final drive to snuff out a late rally.