Pitt put up 20 points in regulation against the No. 2 scoring defense in the nation.
It would have won the game were it not for a phantom pass interference call that allowed Notre Dame to score a fourth-quarter touchdown.
It should have won the game in overtime if its kicker made a 33-yard field goal.
And who are many of the football geniuses blaming for this 29-26 triple-overtime loss to the No. 4 team in the country? Quarterback Tino Sunseri, of course.
Pitt scored more points against Notre Dame than any team had all season, and that includes four games against ranked opponents. The Irish were allowing an average of 10 points a game and Pitt doubled that in regulation.
And the Sunseri boo birds were in full voice.
In the familiar word of the late Beano Cook: ``Unbelievable.’’
The Pitt offense and Sunseri did its job yesterday. It helped produce a 20-6 lead. The Pitt defense could not hold that lead.
How does this defeat fall to Sunseri?
I know, I know, he didn't produce any fourth-quarter points. He should not have had to after leading the offense to 10 third-quarter points, which gave Pitt a 14-point lead.
There's no shame in failing to score in a quarter against one of the best defenses in the country. Of the 32 quarters of football Notre Dame played before yesterday, the opposition was scoreless in 19 of them. The Irish outscored 12th-ranked Oklahoma, 17-0, in the final five minutes of the game.
This is not to suggest Sunseri covered himself in glory. He did not. He completed 19 of 26 passes for 164 yards and a touchdown. He was sacked five times.
He’s an adequate quarterback who would been highly instrumental in one of the biggest upsets of the year if his defense didn't blow a 14-point lead; if the refs didn't choke on a pass interference call; if Pitt didn't miss a 33-yard field goal.
Pitt was oh, so close to beating the No. 4 team in the country. That it did not does not fall to Tino Sunseri.
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