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Examining the complete history of the OU-Notre Dame series

OU writer Ryan Aber takes an in-depth look at the entire history of the series between the Sooners and Fighting Irish.
by Ryan Aber Modified: September 23, 2013 at 10:00 am •  Published: September 23, 2013

Here's a look at each game in the series' history:

Oct. 27, 2012

Notre Dame 30, Oklahoma 13

Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium

The game: Oklahoma battled back to tie it 13-13 early in the fourth quarter, but the Irish dominated from that point on. Manti Te'o's interception with less than five minutes remaining all but put the game out of reach as Notre Dame kept its national title hopes alive while the Sooners dropped their second home game of the season.

Star: Manti Te'o, Notre Dame. The interception was the signature (on-the-field) moment in Te'o's season, helping boost him to a second-place finish in Heisman Trophy-voting. Te'o finished with 11 tackles.

Quotable: “It stinks to lose. But in the end, let's recognize we played an excellent football team. I'm not looking through any rose-colored glasses, looking to get any moral victories.” — Bob Stoops, Sooners coach

Oct. 2, 1999

Notre Dame 34, Oklahoma 30

Notre Dame Stadium

The game: After starting 3-0, OU lost for the first time in the Bob Stoops era as the Sooners let a 30-14 lead early in the fourth quarter evaporate as Notre Dame snapped a three-game losing streak. The Irish took the lead on a 98-yard, 11-play drive in the fourth quarter where they completed just two passes. Notre Dame ran for 284 yards.

Star: Jarious Jackson, Notre Dame. The Irish quarterback ran for 107 yards and threw for 276 in leading the comeback.

Quotable: “To be on the road like that, to play a team with that type of tradition, that type of history, to be in the position to win and have it but then lose it right at the last minute, it was a horrible feeling. That was one of those games that we looked at as a defining moment for what we were trying to do. … Hindsight, you look back on it and you realize what a defining moment that was, because it was really teaching us how to control our emotions and how to play in the moment on the road in big games.” — Josh Norman, Sooners reciever

Sept. 21, 1968

Notre Dame 45, Oklahoma 21

Notre Dame Stadium

The game: Notre Dame took a 21-14 lead just before the half on Terry Hanratty's touchdown pass to Jim Seymour with less than a minute remaining. The Fighting Irish dominated the second half, mostly on the ground. Notre Dame wound up with 571 yards of total offense, 357 on the ground.

Star: Jim Seymour, Notre Dame. Seymour became the Fighting Irish's all-time leading receiver with more than 100 receiving yards and a pair of touchdown catches.

Quotable: “No, I don't believe we would have blown the game open. There were no psychological ups and downs for us. This wasn't the reason we got beat today. We got beat because Notre Dame has a much better football team than we have.” — Chuck Fairbanks, Sooners coach on OU leading 14-7 and threatening to score early. The Sooners wound up missing a field goal on the drive.

Oct. 22, 1966

Notre Dame 38, Oklahoma 0

Owen Field

The game: After a scoreless first quarter, Notre Dame dominated the middle two, scoring 38 points in a 23:08 span, scoring on six of seven drives in the second and third quarters to give the Sooners their worst loss since a 47-0 setback to Oklahoma State in 1945.

Star: Alan Page, Notre Dame. Page, a future member of both the College Football and Pro Football halls of fame and a current justice on the Minnesota Supreme Court, was the key disruptive force to the Notre Dame defense that shut the Sooners out.

Quotable: “I think losing 7-0 would've been worse. If you're gonna get beat, get beat bad. If it'd been close, it'd been because of an official's call, a coach's bonehead mistake, a player's error or something like that.” — Jim Mackenzie, Sooners coach.

Sept. 29, 1962

Notre Dame 13, Oklahoma 7

Owen Field

The game: Oklahoma drove 71 yards to the 1 late in the game but could not finish the drive off as the Irish defense held the Sooners on four consecutive plays inside the 5.

Star: Daryle Lamonica, Notre Dame. The Irish quarterback completed all five of his passes, rushed for 25 yards and had an interception shortly after fumbling the ball away on offense to help the Irish escape Norman with a win.

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by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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