Claremore Daily Progress

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October 28, 2012

Against Sooners, Irish have what it takes, again

NORMAN — The magic was back.Now it’s gone.That’s the Irish for you. That’s Notre Dame and Oklahoma. That’s history, fulfilled.

If I’m Joe Castiglione, I try lining up another home and home series with Notre Dame before the Sooners even visit South Bend next season. If I’m the Sooner athletic director, I try scheduling this game wherever possible, as often as possible.

Owen Field was electric, maybe like never before. It’s a great game for college football. And it’s going to take more than one victory over the Irish, should OU ever get it, to wash the taste out of the Sooner Nation’s collective mouth.

The Irish beat the Sooners 30-13 — 30-13! — Saturday night. It was a great football game and it was an excruciating and awful and horrid football game.

It was everything every game has ever been for the Sooners when these programs get together; all but the one OU won, 40-0, in 1956, against the most forgettable Notre Dame team of them all (even though Paul Hornung won the Heisman on that two-win squad; and people wonder why there’s so much ire for the Irish).

Sign it up.

It ought to be easy.

If there’s one team Notre Dame should believe it can beat, it’s OU. And the Sooners need to beat the Irish, and more than once, to give their souls peace.

Believe it.

Believe this, too.

Notre Dame’s offense isn’t nearly as scary as OU’s. And it’s defense isn’t a whole lot better than OU’s. For much of the game, the Sooners went up and down the field on the Irish.

But here’s the thing: the day Notre Dame plays OU (and the day it plays Purdue and Michigan and Stanford and BYU) its offense and defense are both better than OU’s (and Purdue’s and Michigan’s and Stanford’s and BYU’s).

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