* A 54-yard touchdown pass to Sterling Shepard on a crucial third-and-3 early in the fourth quarter, after Notre Dame had drawn within 27-21.
“Obviously, Notre Dame, on the road, in South Bend, is a dream come true for a lot of guys,” said Bell, who just might be quarterbacking a top-10 team when the polls are released Sunday.
“Feels great, just for the program and all the people that are part of the University of Oklahoma. It's great getting a W and bringing it back to Norman.”
Bell has no idea about the travails of Eddie Crowder and Buddy Leake and Bobby Warmack, Sooner QBs who lost to the Irish over the years. Maybe not even Bell's own coordinator, Josh Heupel, who quarterbacked that 1999 defeat in South Bend.
But Bell knows he and his pals did something memorable.
“It feels great for the program and a lot of players who have played here,” Bell said.
Stoops said he never wanted his players to bear the burden of Notre Dame dominance. And that's fair. This victory means more for the future than it does the past. This victory means the Sooners can make things interesting the next two months in a woeful Big 12. It's not kooky to think of OU as a BCS contender come November.
But Stoops knows his team made a lot of fans happy. Happier than normal for a big victory.
“I'm glad for the older Oklahomans that have been through all those games, that we get some level of satisfaction winning this one,” Stoops said. “Who knows when we'll play again? So they can live it up and say, ‘we got you last,' until we go again.”
Stoops has the picture to prove it.
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