Pittsburgh Coach Mike Gottfried, whose team was upset by Temple and Boston College in its last two games, searched all week for a quarterback to replace slumping Sal Genilla against fourth-ranked and unbeaten Notre Dame.
Gottfried tried freshman Larry Wanke in practice, then freshman Darnell Dickerson. Finally, he found a quarterback--Sal Genilla.
Genilla passed for one touchdown and ran for another as Pitt built a 27-0 halftime lead and then held on to upset the previously unbeaten Irish, 30-22, Saturday night.
"This was a big game for the team, but it was even a bigger game for me," Genilla said. While Pitt improved to 4-2, Notre Dame dropped to 3-1 and also lost quarterback Terry Andrysiak, who broke his collarbone in the third quarter and was replaced by Tony Rice.
Genilla, who threw four interceptions last week in Pitt's 13-10 loss to Boston College, teamed with Bill Osborn on a crossing pattern for a 30-yard touchdown midway through the first quarter. Then, after Gary Richard intercepted an Andrysiak pass on Notre Dame's next play from scrimmage, Genilla passed to Henry Tuten for 17 yards to set up Craig (Ironhead) Heyward's 1-yard touchdown plunge with 2:04 left in the quarter.