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Top Ten Pitt Football Moments of 2013 - #4 Notre Dame win

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I really hate doing things like these, so I offer it with the following precursor: Things are bound to have been left off this list. Some intentionally because there simply wasn't enough room and maybe a few unintentionally that I simply forgot about.

Also, some of these are games and not necessarily individual 'moments'. That's just the way it is, though, boys and girls.

Irregardless of all of that, over the next ten days, I'll be bringing you the top ten football moments of 2013 as I see them.

No. 4 - Notre Dame win

Pitt nearly beat a Notre Dame team that reached the BCS National Championship game, but fell short. While this year's win over the Irish wasn't nearly as big as that would have been, whenever you beat Notre Dame, it's a big deal.

The Panthers always have a packed house and some recruits around when Notre Dame comes to town and the game is always a big deal to Pitt folks. This year was no different and unlike last season, the Panthers were able to close the deal.

Safety Ray Vinopal who came into the game as one of Pitt's most maligned players stepped up and helped bring home the win with two interceptions off of Tommy Rees in the fourth quarter. It wasn't a conference game, but beating a ranked Notre Dame team to move to 5-4 on the year was a big deal and helped Pitt get to bowl eligibility.

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