Pitt Just Wants a Chance vs. Notre Dame

Narduzzi said ND one of best teams they’ve had

Jeff Hathhorn
October 08, 2018 - 2:09 pm

93.7 the Fan

SOUTH SIDE (93.7 the Fan) – Notre Dame football has won 11 national championships, seven Heisman Trophy winners, 52 College Football Hall of Famers and Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi is not mincing words about this year’s team.

“They’re awful good,” Narduzzi said Monday.  “Maybe as good a football game as Notre Dame has ever had.”

Well, the fighting Irish are unbeaten with wins against Stanford, Michigan and at Virginia Tech.  Notre Dame has lost one fumble and again Pitt will face a high quality quarterback.

“You hate to say it every week, could you face a better one?” Narduzzi said of junior quarterback Ian Book.  “I thought McSorley was excellent, I thought McKenzie (Milton) was excellent, I think Dungey is excellent.  And now we have a guy named Book.”

Book relieved Brandon Wimbush as the starter and is 77-105 (73%) for 887 yards, 9 touchdowns and an interception.  He’s also rushed for 81 yards and three touchdowns.  Defensively, the Irish have only allowed six touchdowns, have 15 sacks and intercepted seven passes.

“They got some creatures out there.  The Tillery kid is 6’7”, 305.  He’s a monster.  They should probably have a cartoon after that guy.  You have Superman and you have ‘Tilleryman’.  That guy, he’s a beast.”

And Narduzzi said they’ve done it by getting the players they want.

“Obviously, they have some great Pennsylvania kids on their football team,” Narduzzi said.  “They walk into a high school, they get what they want.  They have a beautiful place to sell.  It’s a great product and kids love it.”

At 3-3 and coming off an overtime win over Syracuse, Narduzzi said he’s not discussing pulling an upset, rather his telling the team about execution and believing in what they are doing.

“Take care of the little details, the big things take care of themselves,” Narduzzi said.  “The big thing would be an upset, but the upset is not going to happen if you think about the big things.  It’s all the fine details of what we have to do that are critical.”

“Notre Dame is a great institution, great place,” Narduzzi said.  “I’m Catholic, I love Notre Dame, but this is a football game.  It’s all about a football game.  We are not going to go to the Basilica or go see Touchdown Jesus.  We aren’t taking any tours, we’re going to play a football game.”