2013 Season Preview: Oklahoma
Schedule: September 28, 2013, 3:30PM EST
Where: Notre Dame Stadium
The 2012 Notre Dame-Oklahoma game became a defining moment of the Irish’s season. After close victories against Michigan, Purdue and BYU, and a controversial victory against Stanford, many experts still doubted Notre Dame’s ability to match up against college football’s top programs. For most, the Oklahoma game represented Notre Dame’s chance at immortality or simply another BCS bowl. The Irish did not disappoint.
With the game close in hand, Manti T’eo intercepted a tipped pass and Notre Dame’s offense responded with a two-play touchdown drive highlighted by Chris Brown’s 50 yard reception. The Irish never again relinquished the lead and won the game 30-13. The defense benefitted from a questionable holding call which reversed a Blake Bell touchdown, but they still held Oklahoma to 22 yards rushing and shut down Landry Jones in the second half.
Oklahoma finished the season 10-3, losing a nail-biter to conference rival Kansas State and a blowout loss to Texas A&M in the Cotton Bowl. The Sooners offense produced points at a clip of 38.2 per game, but in losses to Notre Dame and Texas A&M and close wins against Baylor, West Virginia and Oklahoma State, the defense could not even slow down their opponent.
By the time Notre Dame faces Oklahoma they should be undefeated or 4-1 which sets up another marquee college football matchup of two historic programs. Notre Dame leads the series 9-1, a fact that Sooner fans do not forget (even though seven of ND’s wins came prior to 1970). Oklahoma will be looking for retribution after last year’s loss and intent on delivering a crushing blow to the Irish’s postseason hopes.