DATE WITH THE IRISH
Sooners, Notre Dame agree to two-year series beginning in 2012

By John Helsley Published: July 27, 2007
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/> OU's only series win came in 1956, when the No. 1 Sooners romped 40-0 in South Bend.

The most referred-to game in the series came a year later, when the Irish visited Norman on Nov. 16, 1957 — Statehood Day — and as a 19-point underdog, knocked off the No. 2 Sooners and halted one of the most celebrated streaks in sports.

When the Sooners played at Notre Dame in '99, some 6,000 OU fans made the trip to South Bend.

Beyond the fan bases, OU-Notre Dame matchups also create a stir nationally. The Irish have won 11 national championships, more than any school. The Sooners have won seven national titles — all since 1950.

"Certainly, there haven't been a huge number of games in the series,” Heisler said. "That's what makes it a little intriguing, because you have two names that have been pretty high profile a long number of years.

"When they aren't routine appearances, it grabs more attention.”


Irish heritage
•Oklahoma and Notre Dame have met nine times, with the Irish winning eight of the matchups.

With more games on the horizon for 2012 and 2013, a look at the series:

1999: Notre Dame 34, No. 23 OU 30 (South Bend)

•Oklahoma's future non-conference schedules are littered with premium opponents.

There's an effort to add at least one more: Ohio State.

OU and Ohio State are in discussion about a possible home-and-home series for the years 2016 and 2017.

The Sooners are scheduled to face a high-profile squad in every season through 2019, with the exception of 2016 and 2017. Adding the Buckeyes would give OU a lineup of foes that includes Miami, Washington, Notre Dame, Florida State, Tennessee and LSU.

The lineup:
2007: Miami

2008: at Washington

2009: at Miami

2010: Florida State

2011: at Florida State

2012: Notre Dame

2013: at Notre Dame

2014: Tennessee

2015: at Tennessee

2016: Ohio State - TBA

2017: Ohio State - TBA

2018: LSU

2019: LSU

By John Helsley

1968: No. 3 Notre Dame 45, No. 5 OU 21 (South Bend)

1966: No. 1 Notre Dame 38, No. 10 OU 0 (Norman)

1962: Notre Dame 13, OU 7 (Norman)

1961: Notre Dame 19, OU 6 (South Bend)

1957: Notre Dame 7, No. 2 OU 0 (Norman)

1956: No. 1 OU 40, Notre Dame 0 (South Bend)

1953: No. 1 Notre Dame 28, No. 6 OU 21 (Norman)

1952: No. 10 Notre Dame 28, No. 4 OU 21 (South Bend)

By John Helsley

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