November 01, 2008
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Pittsburgh 36, Notre Dame 33 (Four Overtimes). Jimmy Clausen threw three touchdowns and no interceptions; Pat Bostick, starting for the first time this year for Pitt, threw three interceptions to one touchdown. And Bostick's team won. That's how good LeSean McCoy was, and is, generally.
McCoy outgained the rest of his teammates on offense, 192 yards to 154. He got in the shotgun and ran five times in a row for the last 37 yards of the Panthers' touchdown drive to tie the game at 17. He made a key 18-yard run on the drive that tied the game at 24. He touched the ball on 11 of 16 Pitt snaps over four overtimes and accounted for 65 of the Panthers' 69 total yards to set up Connor Lee's go-ahead, tying, go-ahead and winning field goals in the extra frames, respectively.
When they get over losing the longest game in Notre Dame history on a missed field goal, Irish partisans owe McCoy a round of applause, or a prayer or something. A confession of their deep respect. And Dave Wannstedt, when it's no longer an NCAA violation, owes him at least part of whatever makes on his next contract extension.