NORMAN Notre Dame used a stout defense to shut down a potent Oklahoma offense and come away with a 30-13 win at Owen Field Saturday night.
With just over nine minutes remaining, Irish quarterback Everett Golson completed a 50-yard pass to Chris Brown to set up Notre Dame deep in OU's territory. A few plays later, Golson finished off the drive with a one-yard touchdown plunge to give Notre Dame a 20-13.
Before that drive, the Sooners drove down the field in less than three minutes and got a rushing touchdown from Blake Bell from one yard out to tie the game at 13.
On the Sooners ensuing drive, Landry Jones through the ball to Jalen Saunders who was hit immediately and lost control of the ball. The ball flipped up into the air and Irish Heisman-candidate Manti Te'o dove and intercepted the pass to seal the win. It was the Sooners only turnover of the game. The Irish kicked a field goal following the turnover.
The Sooners got the ball back with 3:15 to go, but turned the ball over on downs at their own 20. Theo Riddick scored three plays later from 15 yards out to give Notre Dame the final tally, sending the huge crowd of OU fans scattering in all directions.
This one was tight all the way until the Irish exploded at the end.
Blake Bell scored from one yard out with 9:10 to go to tie the game at 13. It was the first rushing touchdown the Irish had surrendered all season. That score finally got the Sooners back to even after their defense kept the game close.