No. Three Notre Dame Tops Pitt, 45-3
Pete Madia / Pitt Athletics
Game Review: Soccer | 24.10.2020 8:00 p.m.
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PITTSBURGH (AP) – Ian Book passed for 312 yards and three touchdowns – two of which were long catch-and-runs for the transfer of Ben Skowronek – and Notre Dame No. 3 beat Pitt 45-3 on Saturday.
A week after making his way past Louisville, Notre Dame (5-0, 4-0 ACC) had no such problem as he handed the Panthers (3-4, 2-4) their fourth straight defeat.
Book hit Skowronek for a 34 yard score on Fighting Irish’s first possession and Pitt, who played for a second straight week without injured senior quarterback Kenny Pickett, simply couldn’t keep up.
Notre Dame’s massive offensive line held its own against one of the best pass-rushing teams in the nation, and when Book got time, he found teammates openly in the field. The book averaged 19.5 meters per deal and often just had to flip the ball up and let its playmakers do the rest. He linked up with Skowronek for a 73-yard score in the second quarter, with the 6-foot-3 Skowronek doing most of the work, jumping on the ball and then sprinting into the end zone to get it to 14-3 bring.
Notre Dame effectively put an end to any hope Pitt – who has made a name for himself as an occasional giant killer in recent years – might have had by the end of the second quarter. Linebacker Bo Bauer’s first career choice resulted in a 2-yard touchdown from Kyren Williams, who rose to 21-3 at 1:29 in the first half. Three Pitt games went nowhere and Irish defender Isaiah Foskey dashed in untouched to block Kirk Christodoulous Kahn. Foskey chased the ball into the end zone to pick it up and get things out of reach at 28-3.
Pitt freshman quarterback Joey Yellen fought in place of Pickett on his second start. Yellen, who played well in a loss to Miami last week, only made 10 of 21 passes for 107 yards and three interceptions before being drawn in the third quarter in favor of Davis Beville. Beville was only one series ahead of Nick Patti in the fourth.
Notre Dame: The Irish could hardly afford to go wrong with a showdown against Clemson # 1 on November 7th. They almost had one against Louisville but reacted strongly to the streets against a team starting the nation’s eighth defense. Book was only fired twice, using his legs when necessary and avoiding mistakes. If he can make it one more time on the road at Georgia Tech next week, there is a potential game of the year on the first Saturday in November in South Bend.
Pitt: The Panthers entered October undefeated. They’ll end it with their first loss in four games since 2007.
EFFECT ON REQUEST
The Irish are not going anywhere after having dealt with Pitt with ease.
Notre Dame: travels to Georgia Tech next Saturday. The Irish won their last meeting with the Yellow Jackets 30-22 in 2015.
Pitt: The Panthers will be out next week and will visit Florida on November 7th.