Oklahoma football: Sooners' history with Notre Dame lost on current players

Bob Stoops said: “These are 18-, 19-, 21- and 22-year-old guys. I can try to engage them all I want in what happened way back when. I don't think it's gonna matter.”
by Jason Kersey Published: October 22, 2012

NORMAN — Asked Monday about his awareness of Oklahoma's football history with Notre Dame, Justin Brown confessed being pretty oblivious to it.

“Not too much,” said the senior wide receiver.

“I heard they broke a winning streak. I did hear that.”

Hey, it's a start. In November 1957, of course, the Fighting Irish snapped Oklahoma's record 47-game win streak with a 7-0 victory on Owen Field, where the two traditional powers will meet Saturday in a top-10, primetime clash.

Brown's excuse is airtight; he's from far-away Delaware, and only became a Sooner a few months ago after transferring from Penn State. He'd never been to the state of Oklahoma until visiting just before his transfer.

But how about a couple fifth-year seniors, like quarterback Landry Jones and defensive end R.J. Washington?

“I'm not really aware of much of it, but I'm sure there's a lot of great games that have been played,” Jones said.

“I don't know if that necessarily matters in who wins this game or loses this game, but I should probably read up on my history of the game.”

Is he aware the Sooners are 1-8 all-time against Notre Dame?

“Now I am,” he responded with a smile.

Washington said he'd just assumed there was a glorious history between the schools, filled with several epic, championship-caliber battles.

“They have a lot of tradition, and we have a lot of tradition,” Washington said. “I just assumed they met up in the (national championship game) somewhere way back when.

“I was walking past the TV, and it said, ‘Notre Dame, all-time record against OU.' I was like, ‘1-8? Oh, dang.'”

Coach Bob Stoops said it isn't important that he talk extensively with his players about the series' past.

“These are 18-, 19-, 21- and 22-year-old guys,” Stoops said. “I can try to engage them all I want in what happened way back when. I don't think it's gonna matter.”

And really, that's the bottom line: For current Oklahoma — and, for that matter, Notre Dame — players, aspects of Saturday's game like history and a snapped winning streak don't mean too much.

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by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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