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Posted on: Saturday, November 14, 2009

CFB: Big plays lead No. 8 Pitt past Notre Dame 27-22


By ALAN ROBINSON
AP Sports Writer

PITTSBURGH Jonathan Baldwin made two exceptional catches that allowed No. 8 Pittsburgh to open up an 18-point lead in the fourth quarter before Notre Dame rallied behind two touchdowns by star Golden Tate, and the Panthers held on for a 27-22 victory Saturday night that may raise more cries for Fighting Irish coach Charlie Weis' ouster.

Notre Dame (6-4) trailed 27-9 with 12:44 remaining after Dion Lewis' 50-yard touchdown run, then came back before Jimmy Clausen fumbled with just over two minutes remaining.

The Irish followed up a did-it-really-happen 23-21 loss to Navy with its eighth consecutive loss to a Top 10 team the longest streak in school history. Weis is 1-10 against ranked teams since 2006.