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Irish fight way past Panthers

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish got three rushing touchdowns from Rashon Powers-Neal on Saturday as they rolled to a 42-21 win over the No. 23-ranked Pittsburgh Panthers.

The Panthers had been favored by 3 points in this season-opening contest. The combined score went OVER the game’s posted total (53.5).

Notre Dame QB Brady Quinn went 18-of-27 for 233 yards in the win, tossing two TD strikes and getting intercepted once. Darius Walker scored twice for Notre Dame, and Jeff Samardzija had a TD reception.

For the Panthers, Tyler Palko was good on 20-of-35 pass attempts for 217 yards. Palko ran for a touchdown in the loss, and tossed a TD strike to Greg Lee.