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Motta's diving stop saved a 24-6 deficit

O'Malley examines changing perceptions, the reality of defensive football, first drive follies, and Saturday's unsung play of the day -- and maybe the season -- as the Irish moved to 9-0 for the first time since the halcyon days of Holtz.

When the dust settles on what should be an undefeated, one, or two-loss season in January, Notre Dame fans will have a chance to reminisce on myriad season-changing plays. Last year's were heavily bent to the negative, this season, entirely positive to date. Few will note the never-say-die effort of Zeke Motta Saturday when a Pittsburgh team that didn't know they were supposed to roll over...

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