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October 22, 2012
Notebook: Stoops defends talent, talks ND history
Stoops fired back at the criticisms his team is lacking in talent.
HISTORY OF OU-NOTRE DAME
You will certainly find plenty of Sooner fans who feel strongly about the Oklahoma-Notre Dame series over the years.
How many teams can claim such a lopsided record over the Sooners in their history? Notre Dame leads the all-time series 8-1. But the last time these teams met, Bob Stoops was at the controls in 1999, his first season in Norman.
The Sooners took a 30-14 lead on the Irish before they took over the game in the second half and scored 20 unanswered points to win 34-30.
“I was asked this morning what I remembered about that. I remember getting up 17 points and we didn't know how to win,” said Stoops. “I told my staff when we got home from the game, our guys haven't ever been up on anybody by 17 points. In 99, that was the case. It was just trying to teach them how to win.”
Before 1999, the last time these two teams met was 1968, a 45-21 blowout win by the Irish in their season opener.
Stoops didn’t appear to be all that interested in spending a lot of time educating his team on the history of these two schools, as he did in 2000 before Oklahoma played Nebraska in a No. 1 vs. No. 2 showdown.
“I've always wanted (our players) to know the former great players and great teams and other coaches,” said Stoops. “To a degree, but it's going to be minimal. That isn't what wins for you.”
For Stoops, all that really matters is this is a showdown of top ten tens in 2012.
“It is great for college football. It's great for the community, the business in the community, the fans,” he said. “They ought to enjoy it. We're excited about it. Meaning, you know what the challenge is and it makes it exciting. But the following week will be exciting for us, too.”