On a day when the running game wasn’t working and the passing game was missing opportunities, Notre Dame turned to defense to survive and advance.

Three Things We Learned about Notre Dame Football in Week 7

1, The Irish can grind it out on a day when things aren’t going well

There’s nothing wrong with the occasional close win. Even unbeaten teams who have national-championship hopes need to dodge the occasional bullet. Just ask Georgia, West Virginia, Washington and Penn State.

And so, Notre Dame fans shouldn’t be overly concerned about the narrow 19-14 escape against upset-minded Pitt.

“A win’s a win, and these football games happen,’’ quarterback Ian Book said. “We’ve been there before, so we didn’t want to make it a bigger deal than it was. I’m proud of the guys for remaining calm and being able to go down and win the game.’’ The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.