Running game solves many of Notre Dame's problems

Updated: October 12, 2003, 5:34 PM ET

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Coach Tyrone Willingham was right. A good running game did solve a lot of Notre Dame's problems -- at least for one game.

The Irish ran for 352 yards -- just 13 yards fewer than they had in the first four games combined -- and just about everything else fell into place as Willingham predicted it would in a 20-14 win over Pittsburgh on Saturday.

The defense was well rested, playing only 23:14, and held the Panthers to 175 yards total offense. Special teams came up ...

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