Everett Golson rushed for the go ahead score in the 4th quarter and Manti Te'o made an incredible interception as #5 Notre Dame beat #8 Oklahoma 30-13 to improve to 8-0 on the season in front of a record setting crowd in Norman.
"We have a lot of heart," Te'o said after the game. "It was a great team win."
"We have not in any shape or form arrived but a big step for our team, knowing we can go on the road and win a big game," Brian Kelly said.
The last time the Irish were 8-0 was 2002. Notre Dame hopes this season doesn't end up like that one---when the Irish lost three games. Notre Dame is expected to move up to 4th in the BCS Standings come Sunday.
Irish eyes are glowing. With games against Pitt, BC and Wake Forest on the horizon, everyone is thinking the Irish will head to USC 11-0 and playing for a spot in the national championship game.
"If we start listening to national championship, BCS, we'll lose," Kelly said. "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 site 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.
Next up for the 8-0 Irish is a matchup with Pitt next Saturday at 3:30 at Notre Dame Stadium. The Panthers are 4-4 after a lopsided win over Temple.