DeShone Kizer threw for five touchdowns and ran for another as No. 8 Notre Dame bolstered its College Football Playoff resume with a 42-30 victory over Pittsburgh on Saturday.
Kizer completed 19 of 26 passes for 262 yards with no turnovers as the Irish (8-1) won their fourth straight. Will Fuller caught seven passes for 157 yards and three scores and Josh Adams ran for 147 yards and hauled in Kizer’s final touchdown pass.
Notre Dame never trailed and rolled up 435 total yards in their first game since being ranked fifth in the initial CFP poll.
Nate Peterman passed for 223 yards with a touchdown and an interception for Pitt (6-3), which has lost two straight. Jordan Whitehead ran for two scores for the Panthers. Tyler Boyd caught three passes for 84 yards to set a school record for career yards receiving but Pitt was never really in it over the final three quarters.
Notre Dame senior running back C.J. Prosise left the game in the first half with a neck and shoulder injury and did not return.
Coach Brian Kelly says Prosise was injured while making contact with the ground following a 10-yard pass reception late in the first quarter. Kelly said Prosise was “doing pretty good” after the game, but will need further evaluation and is “day to day.”
Prosise finished with 28 yards rushing and 29 yards receiving before getting hurt. Freshman Josh Adams filled in capably in Prosise’s absence, running for 173 yards.