Notre Dame quarterback Tommy Rees threw two picks each by Pitt's Ray Vinopal that helped the Panthers rally to a 28-21 upset of the Irish.
"Our mantra is you can't start winning until you stop losing and we did things tonight that caused losing," Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly said.
It wasn't just Rees interceptions that doomed the Irish, two Pitt touchdown drives were extended because of Notre Dame penalties.
Then Pitt quarterback Tom Savage fumbled the ball in the fourth quarter but Notre Dame couldn't pounce on the loose ball and the Panthers recovered.
"It was just a lapse, a bunch of inexperienced guys out there not seeing that they should have been on the ball.” Kelly said.
Savage was extremely efficient completing 22 of 35 passes for 243 yards and two touchdowns both to Devin Street.
He wasn't perfect." Pitt head coach Paul Chryst said., "I thought he made some big throws. He competed and that kind of rubs off on the rest of the team. I thought he did a lot of good things."
"Our offensive line and running backs did a great job of really running the ball down there and it made it easy for the team and to control the clock." Savage said. "It was fun."
Savage and the rest of his teammates had fun because not only was Heinz Field rockin' Saturday night but Pitt ended a three game losing streak to Notre Dame.
Paul Chryst finally has his signature win as Pitt's head coach.
"That was a good win." Chryst said. "We were able to do enough things tonight to win. It was a great atmosphere and it was fun. I know it fueled our kids."