No. 3 Notre Dame dominates Pittsburgh, 45-3
Ian Book passed for 312 yards and three touchdowns, two of which went to wide receiver Ben Skowronek, and No. 3 Notre Dame rolled to a 45-3 win over host Pittsburgh in an Atlantic Coast Conference showdown Saturday afternoon.
Bo Bauer, Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah and Nick McCloud had one interception apiece for Notre Dame (5-0, 4-0), and Isaiah Foskey blocked a punt and scored a touchdown on special teams. All but one of the Fighting Irish’s wins have come by double digits.
Pitt (3-4, 2-4) dropped its fourth game in a row. Quarterback Joey Yellen finished 10 of 27 for 101 yards to go along with his three picks.
Notre Dame outgained Pitt 434-162 and controlled time of possession 40:59 to 19:01.
Book moved into second place in Notre Dame history in career touchdown passes, bypassing Jimmy Clausen and Tommy Rees. The senior from California has 63 touchdown passes, which trails only Brady Quinn, who threw 95 touchdowns from 2003-06.
Notre Dame built a 28-3 lead at the half.
The Fighting Irish opened the scoring in the first five minutes as Skowronek hauled in a 34-yard touchdown pass from Book. That marked the wide receiver’s first touchdown since transferring from Northwestern.
The Panthers cut the deficit to 7-3 on a 45-yard field goal by Alex Kessman with 7:38 left in the first quarter.
Notre Dame pulled away with three touchdowns in the second quarter to build a 25-point advantage. Skowronek scored again, this time from 73 yards, before Kyren Williams added a 2-yard touchdown run and Foskey scored on the blocked punt.
Foskey sprinted around the right edge of the Pitt offensive line to stuff the punt. The ball bounced backward into the end zone, and he chased it down for the special-teams touchdown.
On their first possession of the second half, Notre Dame added a 21-yard field goal by Jonathan Doerer to make it 31-3.
The advantage ballooned to 38-3 when Book connected with tight end Michael Mayer for a 14-yard touchdown with 4:22 remaining in the third quarter. It was the second touchdown of the season for Mayer, a highly touted freshman out of Kentucky.
Notre Dame made it 45-3 on C’Bo Flemister’s 2-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter.
–Field Level Media