On a drive that was extended by a questionable pass-interference call on fourth down — more luck? — Golson found T.J. Jones for a touchdown that got the Irish within 20-12, after the point-after try was missed. And after the interception, Golson stayed composed, first connecting with Riddick for a 5-yard touchdown pass with 2:11 left, then coolly waiting for his chance to run the ball in for the 2-point conversion that tied the game.
“If I would have got down on myself or not believed, we wouldn’t be sitting here today,” Golson said. “So I think me, not riding that wave, and me just always believing that we were going to win and having that confidence has helped us get to this point right now.”
There wasn’t much need for more drama down the stretch of the season.
Notre Dame beat Boston College 21-6, easily topped Wake Forest 38-0 and punched its ticket to Miami by going on the road and beating USC 22-13 to finish the regular season with a perfect 12-0 record.
But now, more than two months later, the Pitt game still gets talked about — a lot.
“Pitt came in and gave us their best and luckily they missed the field goal and we went on and won,” Zack Martin said. “Every team that goes undefeated during the season has situations or games like that, and that was ours.”
Luck of the Irish?
“People always wish you good luck,” Notre Dame offensive coordinator Chuck Martin said. “I always tell them, ‘Hey, we’ll take all the luck we can get.”’