Sooners Fast Start Downs Notre Dame


Coaches always want to start fast. Bob Stoops must have loved what his Oklahoma defense did on Saturday at Notre Dame.

The Sooners returned an interception for a touchdown in the opening minute of the game and then picked off a pass on the next possession to propel Oklahoma to a 35-21 win.

Corey Nelson returned the initial interception 24 yards for a score then the Sooners found the end zone just two minutes later when Damien Williams scored from 11 yards out, leaving the Irish in a 14-0 hole with 12:!5 left in the first quarter.

Blake Bell hit Lacoltan Bester for a 26 yard touchdown pass in the final minute of the first half to give the Sooners a 21-7 lead going into intermission.

Notre Dame rallied to within 27-21 in the fourth quarter after Tommy Rees hit Troy Niklas for a 30 yard touchdown pass with 14:10 left in the game.

Oklahoma quickly answered as Bell connected with Sterling Shepard for a 54 yard touchdown pass to set the final margin. Bell finished with 232 yards passing and two scores while completing 22-of-30 attempts. Oklahoma added 212 yards on the ground, with Bell accounting for 59 yards on 12 attempts.

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