Pitt vs. ND Storyline
Pitt seeks an unprecedented third consecutive victory at Notre Dame Stadium when it visits the Irish this week for a national NBC television date. The Panthers defeated Notre Dame in each of their prior two visits, including a 36-33 decision in quadruple overtime in 2008, the longest game in each school’s history.
Overall, the Panthers have won three of the last four against the Irish. Pitt defeated Notre Dame, 27-22, in Pittsburgh last year.
Pitt is very familiar with first-year Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly, who spent the prior three seasons at Big East foe Cincinnati. The Panthers were 1-2 against Kelly, including last year’s 45-44 thriller won by the Bearcats that decided the 2009 Big East title.
The Panthers are 22-9 over their last 31 games, the program’s winningest stretch since the 2001-03 seasons.
TV: The Pitt-Notre Dame game will be a national NBC telecast (WPXI, channel 11, in Pittsburgh). Tom Hammond (play-by-play), Mike Mayock (color) and Alex Flanagan (sideline) form the broadcast crew.
PITT RADIO: The new radio home for Pitt football is 50,000-watt flagship KDKA-FM, Sportsradio 93.7 The Fan. Games are also carried on the Pitt Sports Radio Network. Bill Hillgrove (play-by-play), three-time Pitt All-American Bill Fralic (color) and John Seibel (sideline) will call the action.
SIRIUS XM RADIO: The Pitt-Notre Dame game will be aired on SIRIUS channel 158 (Pitt broadcast).
INTERNET: “Panthers All-Access” at PittsburghPanthers.com.
Pitt and Notre Dame meet for the 66th time in a series that dates back to 1909…the Irish lead the all-time series, 44-20-1…Pitt, however, has won three of the last four encounters with Notre Dame, including last season’s 27-22 decision in Pittsburgh…the Panthers have a two-game winning streak at Notre Dame Stadium, winning 41-38 in 2004 and 36-33 in four overtimes in 2008…the four-overtime affair marked the longest game in both Pitt and Notre Dame history…Pitt has never won three consecutive road games at Notre Dame…the Panthers last won two games in a row at South Bend in 1983 (21-16) and 1986 (10-9)…Pitt last won three consecutive games in the series overall when it defeated the Irish in 1983, 1986 and 1987 (30-22)…Pitt is 10-19 all-time in road games against the Irish.