Instead, in those final nine minutes, the Irish dominated.
The Owen Field crowd, 86,031 strong, the biggest in state sports history, grew increasingly nervous the longer the game went.
Probably the way the OU throng felt in 1957, when Notre Dame stuck a knife through the Sooner hearts.
What became more and more clear is that Notre Dame is one heck of a team. Far better than anyone thought.
This Irish team, now 8-0, deserves the No. 2 BCS ranking – Notre Dame's schedule to this point is tougher than Kansas State's – and most definitely has awakened the echoes.
Meanwhile, the Sooners must deal with a consolation November. No Big Bowl contention, and no Big 12 title contention, unless K-State loses twice.
“It stinks to lose,” Stoops said. “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.”
Moral victories are about all that's available for the Sooners against Notre Dame.
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