A Season in Review: The Oklahoma Game

NewsCenter 16 is counting down to the National Champion game by re-living each game of the 2012 Notre Dame Football Season. Each sportscast until the New Year, will look back at a game from the season with extended highlights, storylines and postgame reaction.

Saturday night, we looked back at the win over Oklahoma.

No one gave them a chance and the Irish proved everyone wrong.

Everett Golson played the best game of his 2012 season, rushing for the go ahead score in the 4th quarter as Notre Dame defeated Oklahoma 30-to-13 to improve to 8-0 for the first time since 2002.

Irish Eyes were glowing and everyone started to believe--this is a team that could make a run at it all. But Brian Kelly wanted to squash that mindset two months ago.

"If we start listening to national championship, BCS, we'll lose," Kelly said after beating Oklahoma. "I'm not going to sit here and say we're not excited to beat a great team on the road but we have to keep sight of what got us here."

With Oklahoma in control of the early momentum, Cierre Wood busted loose for a 62 yard touchdown run to give the Irish the early lead.

With the Irish up 10-3 in the final minute of the 1st half, it appeared Oklahoma tied the game on a Blake Bell touchdown but holding penalty took away the TD and the Sooners settled for a field goal as the Irish led 10-6 at halftime.

Golson, back from a concussion after missing last week's game against BYU, was briefly knocked out of the game when he was hit hard on a tackle. Luckily, just the wind was knocked out of Golson.

Tommy Rees came in for a play and converted a crucial 3rd down. Kyle Brindza booted a field goal to put ND up 13-6.

With 9:15 left in the game, Bell finally got his touchdown rushing in for a game tying score. It was the first rushing TD given up by the Irish this season.

Notre Dame didn't buckle. Golson threw a 50 yard bomb to Chris Brown then ran in a short touchdown run on the ensuing drive to put the Irish back up by 7.

"I thought Everett Golson led our team," Kelly said. "I thought tonight was a big step up for our quarterback and our offense elevated itself."

"What we'd been hearing was a lot of people didn't think we could win this game. That kind of just added that fuel to my fire that was already burning," said Golson. "We just wanted to come out and show them that we can."

Landry Jones then looked for another game tying touchdown but Dan Fox made a huge hit on a pass, the ball flopped in the air and Te'o made an incredible diving catch. It's the 5th interception of the season for Te'o, tying him for the most ever by a Notre Dame linebacker in a single season.

"We've come a long way," Te'o said. "We're going to continue to get better. That's our main goal right now. Just continue to get better and not be satisfied with being 8-0."

Brindza then kicked another field goal and Theo Riddick rushed in for a touchdown late to secure the victory.


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