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Oklahoma football: Driving 1957 Notre Dame team memorable for Sooner fan

When Notre Dame's players filed back onto the bus following their 7-0 win over Oklahoma on Nov. 16, 1957, the driver was stunned. “We told you we'd beat them,” several of the players said.
by Ryan Aber Published: October 26, 2012

When Notre Dame's players filed back onto the bus following their 7-0 win over Oklahoma on Nov. 16, 1957, the driver was stunned.

“We told you we'd beat them,” several of the players said as they moved past to their seats.

Before the game, the 30-year-old driver had been plenty confident. He was a longtime Sooner fan who had seen Oklahoma steamroll opponents for four seasons.

“I thought OU could never be beaten again,” the driver said later. “At least as long as Bud Wilkinson was coach.”

So the driver and some of the Notre Dame players and others along for the ride went playfully back and forth about how that day's game would go down.

When the Sooners lost, he expected to get some good-natured ribbing from the Notre Dame contingent.

That driver was my grandfather, Roy Aber.

He wound up driving a Greyhound bus for decades, but taking Notre Dame from Chickasha to Owen Field and picking them up again afterward was one of the most memorable rides of his career.

Up until a few years ago, my grandfather kept a book on OU football.

In the back, he faithfully wrote the score of each Sooners game, his way of recording history in the days before the Internet.

Roy Aber died June 7, 2011.

He would've loved a game like Saturday's.