PITTSBURGH -- Here's a look at the first half, along with what each team can do to better its chances in the second half:
Turning point: Who knew? Jonas Gray, Notre Dame's change-of-pace back, took a handoff from Tommy Rees on the first play of the Fighting Irish's second drive of the second quarter and ran 79 yards for a touchdown, the first of his career. Thus far, it has been the difference.
Stat of the half: 10. Each team has committed five penalties, severely slowing down both offenses and making this game a bit uneasy on the eyes, despite 410 total yards of offense. Pitt has had two false starts deep in Irish territory.
What Notre Dame needs to do: Forgive me if I'm repeating myself, but limiting the turnovers would be a nice start. Rees' pick at the goal line was just a bad throw. A bad snap and missed field goal to end the half doesn't help matters, either.
What Pitt needs to do: Tino Sunseri has actually completed 8 of 11 passes and was able to get Pitt's offense moving a bit in the second quarter. The Panthers' line needs to continue to give him enough time. Nice field position from Notre Dame turnovers always help, too.