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OU-Notre Dame: Grading the Sooners' performance in a 30-13 loss to the Irish

OU REPORT CARD — Notre Dame's 30-13 victory over Oklahoma featured another fourth-quarter defensive fade against a premier opponent.
by Berry Tramel Published: October 27, 2012

PASS PROTECTION: A

The Sooners protected Landry well. He was sacked just twice, once on the final play of the game, and mostly had plenty of time to throw. Of course, Notre Dame didn't blitz much, preferring instead to defend OU pass receivers. The Irish gave up a ton of completions (36, in 52 attempts) but allowed only one pass play longer than 21 yards until the last meaningless minute.

PASS COVERAGE: C

Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson didn't produce Big 12-like numbers. He completed 13 of 25 passes for 177 yards. But Golson consistently completed clutch passes, often against OU star cornerback Aaron Colvin. And Golson's 50-yard completion to freshman Chris Brown was the game's biggest play, reversing momentum in a 13-13 game.

TRESS WAY: A

Hard to win when your punter is the player of the game, but Way might have been. He had six punts for a 42-yard average, but five of the six were inside the Notre Dame 20-yard line, with no touchbacks. That's excellent placement.

HALFTIME SHOW: A

The Notre Dame staged a “Back to the Future” routine, with three songs, including the theme song, “Back in Time,” played while marching in formation of a DeLorean car, complete with steam coming out of contraptions carried by the accompanying Irish Guard. Meanwhile, OU twirler Megan McGeary countered by juggling three flaming batons. Hard to beat smoke and fire in one halftime show.

by Berry Tramel
Columnist
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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