SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Notre Dame's 28-21 loss to Pitt earlier this month didn't just turn on a pair of Tommy Rees interceptions, seeing as defensive end Sheldon Day could've recovered a game-changing fumble in the fourth quarter.
After Rees' first interception, Prince Shembo pressured Pitt quarterback Tom Savage and knocked the ball loose as Savage began his throwing motion. The ball bounced away and went right into the waiting arms of Day — only Day flippantly batted the ball up in the air, thinking it was an incomplete pass.
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Day wasn't the only one at fault — other Notre Dame players didn't jump on the ball as it fell to the turf. But had Day immediately grabbed the ball, he would've had a shot at running it back for a touchdown, or at the least setting up Notre Dame's offense for a go-ahead score.
"It's not my best moment I've had in my career," Day said. "It's just a bad, bad moment I guess."
The play made "SportsCenter's" Not Top 10, coming in at the No. 2 lowlight earlier this month ("thank you for bringing that to my attention," laughed Day when he was told about that ranking).
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Day wasn't spurred by casual TV watching or any of his coaches to watch the play — instead, he felt compelled to watch it on his own for "personal reasons."
And needless to say, it's a gaffe Day doesn't think he'll commit ever again.