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Oklahoma football: For the Sooners it was more of the 'Notre Same'

COMMENTARY — The luck of the Irish had nothing to do with a 30-13 Notre Dame victory that extended the Golden Domer's dominance of Oklahoma.
by Berry Tramel Published: October 28, 2012

NORMAN – Bud Wilkinson, Bob Stoops. Split-T, shotgun spread. Epic winning streak, BCS title game.

Doesn't matter who or what. Doesn't matter when or where. Notre Dame beats Oklahoma.

The Fighting Irish owned the Sooners in the 20th century, and it's Notre Same in this century.

The Irish spanked the Sooners 30-13 and delivered sobering news.

The better team won. Not the flashiest team, other than those glow-in-the-dark helmets that are an abomination to Knute Rockne. But the better team.

“Heck of a football game,” Stoops said. “We came out on the bad end of it.”

Sooners from the '50s and '60s know the feeling.

Luck of the Irish? Luck didn't have anything to do with it.

Cierre Wood's 62-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, through a hole bigger than Manti Te'o's biceps? Everett Golson's 50-yard strike to Chris Brown in the fourth quarter, which completely reversed momentum? A defense that stuffed the OU run game and rarely let Landry Jones' receivers roam free? Manti Te'o's interception with 4 1/2 minutes left off fellow linebacker Dan Fox's breakup on Jalen Saunders' attempt at catching the ball?

What's lucky about that? The Irish hit harder, played smarter and produced better.

“The second half, the focus was on physical and mental toughness,” said Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly.

Ouch. That's a kind way of saying the Irish were tougher Saturday night.

The Sooners had set the stage for what could have been a glorious fourth-quarter victory, clawing their way back to a 13-13 tie with 9:10 left. Heck, for a moment, the Sooners made the state forget that the Thunder had just traded James Harden. (Yep, that news broke in the fourth quarter.)

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by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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