Will Fuller scores thrice in Notre Dame victory over Pitt

Al Lesar
South Bend Tribune

PITTSBURGH – Will Fuller caught touchdown passes of 47, 46 and 14 yards and the Notre Dame defense was dominant in a 42-30 Irish victory over Pittsburgh (6-3) Saturday.

The win, though, did not come without a cost for the eighth-ranked Irish (8-1). Running back C.J. Prosise, a workhorse for Notre Dame since Tarean Folston was lost to an injury early in the season, went down late in the first quarter with what appeared to be an upper body injury.

There was no immediate word as to his availability for next week’s home finale against Wake Forest.

Freshman Josh Adams took over for Prosise. An early botched exchange between him and quarterback DeShone Kizer — which resulted in a fumble that Adams recovered — was the only obvious sign of concern.

Adams had a burst of 25 yards in the second quarter and 23 in the third. Adams surpassed the 100-yard rushing mark early in the fourth quarter. He caught a five-yard TD pass from Kizer.

The first two of Fuller’s touchdowns happened in the first half as the Irish built a 21-3 advantage at the break. Torii Hunter Jr., who also had a cameo appearance as an extra defensive back in a passing situation, had the other Notre Dame TD on a 12-yard reception.

Kizer scored on a two-yard run in the fourth quarter.

Pitt quarterback Nate Peterman struggled mightily in the first half. The Irish limited him to 44 yards on 3 of 18 passing. Matthias Farley had an interception deep in Irish territory.

Peterman did some damage in the second half. In the first two series, both of which resulted in touchdowns, Peterman completed four passes for at least 20 yards. He also ran twice for 30 yards in critical situations.

He added to Pitt’s scoring by hitting Tyler Boyd with a 51-yard touchdown pass late in the fourth quarter. Then, with less than 2 minutes to play, Irish backup quarterback Brandon Wimbush was sacked. His fumble was scooped up Ejuan Price, who ran 32 yards for a TD.

Notre Dame's Will Fuller (7) catches a touchdown pass against Pitt's Avonte Maddox(14) at Heinz Field Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015, at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. SBT Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ