Notre Dame's strong finish overwhelms OU
By Staff Reports
Saturday, October 27, 2012
NORMAN -- Fifth-ranked Notre Dame scored 17 unanswered points in the final 5:05 to defeat No. 8 Oklahoma 30-13 on Saturday night at Owen Field.
Sophomore quarterback Everett Golson's 1-yard TD run snapped a 13-13 tie. That came after the Sooners (5-2) tied the game on Blake Bell's 1-yard touchdown keeper with 9:10 remaining.
After Golson's TD, the Fighting Irish (8-0) added Kyle Brindza's 46-yard field goal with 3:22 left. Notre Dame sealed the win with Theo Riddick's 15-yard TD run with 1:33 remaining after the Sooners turned the ball over on downs.
OU quarterback Landry Jones completed 35-of-51 passes for 356 yards.
Notre Dame dominated time of possession in the third quarter, opening with a nearly seven minute drive that resulted in a missed 35-yard field goal.
Oklahoma's only possession of the third quarter stalled at the Notre Dame 36. After a punt pinned Notre Dame back at its own 3, the Irish moved to the OU 27 before Brindza converted a 44-yard field goal to give his team a 13-6 lead.
A bad snap stalled Oklahoma's opening possession, but the Sooners scored the second time it had the ball. Led by the passing of Jones, OU moved 71 yards but had to settle for a 28-yard field goal by Michael Hunnicutt.
Notre Dame answered right back, getting a 62-yard touchdown run by Cierre Wood to take a 7-3 lead.
Notre Dame led 10-3 when there was some controversy to end the first half. Bell appeared to score on 4-yard run, but it was called back by a holding penalty.
OU settled for another Hunnicutt field goal to cut the lead to 10-6.
OU's Kenny Stills tries to hop over Notre Dame's KeiVarae Russell in the first half of their game in Norman, on Saturday. MICHAEL WYKE/Tulsa World