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Postwar Boom

Why it started? By hiring veterans Tatum and Wilkinson, the Sooners had two coaches who could recruit fellow World War II vets, many of whom had four years of eligibility remaining. Almost overnight, OU jump-started its football program with these players, which set the foundation for the dynasty.

Why it ended? Even after Notre Dame finally ended the streak, the Sooners still went 10-1 in '57 and again in '58. But coupled with Texas' rise under Darrell Royal, OU's talent level began a gradual dip that would last for a decade.

Did you know? Over a five-season span, Notre Dame was the only program to topple the Sooners. The Irish bookended OU's winning streak with victories in '53 and '57. --Jake Trotter