Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Notre Dame-Oklahoma top 10
By Matt Fortuna
Notre Dame's Saturday trip to Norman, Okla., will mark its 10th meeting with Oklahoma. ESPN Stats & Info has 10 interesting tidbits to mark the occasion.
Notre Dame's 1999 win over Oklahoma was Bob Stoops' first loss as the Sooners' head coach. Oklahoma started the season 3-0 and led 30-14 lead with 10 minutes left in the third quarter before losing 34-30.
This is the Irish's second true road game of the season, the only other coming Sept. 15 at Michigan State.
Notre Dame has allowed three first-quarter points, second to only Penn State (zero).
The Sooners have lost just four home games since Stoops arrived in 1999. They have never lost two in a season under Stoops. (Kansas State already beat them there on Sept. 22.)
Oklahoma has five Heisman Trophy winners, including two under Stoops (Jason White in 2003, Sam Bradford in 2008).
Notre Dame has won the last six meetings in this series.
The Irish have seven different Heisman winners, most all-time. (The last was Tim Brown in 1987.)
Notre Dame has won eight AP national titles, the most recent coming 24 years ago (1943, 1946, 1947, 1949, 1966, 1973, 1977, 1988).
Notre Dame and Oklahoma have met nine times, with the Irish winning eight of those games. The Sooners' only win over the Irish was in 1956. Notre Dame’s most memorable win over Oklahoma was in 1957, when its 7-0 victory snapped the Sooners' 47-game winning streak.
Notre Dame has not started a season 8-0 in 10 years (2002).