Irish captains remember 2012 win over Oklahoma as breakthrough moment

As Notre Dame sits at 3-1 awaiting a date with Oklahoma Saturday, the Irish remember their matchup with the Sooners one year ago. That's when Notre Dame shocked the nation with a 30-13 win in Norman in what was arguably the biggest road win for a Notre Dame in 20 years.

"I feel like that was a huge kick for us," captain and cornerback Bennett Jackson explains. "We went out there and just played hard. We saw the effect of us going out there and playing the way we wanted to."

Notre Dame showed the college football world they were for real but more importantly they proved it to themselves.

"I think it did a lot for us, just confidence wise," Irish captain and wide receiver TJ Jones says looking back. "For team morale, team chemistry--being able to go on the road, beat Oklahoma and they were on the rise at that point during that season--so I think it did a lot for us."

Now, Notre Dame has the opportunity to prove themselves to the college football world and to themselves all over again. Despite winning 10 games in a row at Notre Dame Stadium, the Irish are underdogs against the 3-0 Sooners, who have yet to play a road game this season.

Another win over OU would go a long way into showing how special 2013 can be for the 3-1 Irish.

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