South Bend, IN (Sports Network) - Louisville and Notre Dame have been known to battle into overtime the last few years, but Saturday's meeting was one for the record books.
The thrilling Top-25 matchup lasted five overtimes -- the longest regular season game in the Big East's storied history -- with the 25th-ranked Fighting Irish somehow battling back from eight down in the final minute of regulation to steal a sensational 104-101 victory over the 11th-ranked Cardinals.
Jerian Grant erupted for 11 points in the final 42 seconds of regulation, and Louisville was unable to answer on its last possession before the overtime bonanza began. The Cardinals actually had a chance to pull out the win at the end of the first four overtimes, but came up empty each time.
Eric Atkins, who played an epic 60 minutes, put in a go-ahead bucket late in the fifth overtime, and the heavy-legged Irish (19-5, 7-4 Big East) held on from there to the thrill of the Purcell Pavilion crowd.
It was the sixth time in the last eight meetings these programs played past regulation.