The Oklahoma Sooners opened up their fourth game of the season against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in great style. By the end of the first quarter, though, Notre Dame slowed things down and got control once again, despite losing 14-7. Here is a look at the Oklahoma vs. Notre Dame first quarter recap.
The game opened huge for the Sooners, as the first Notre Dame drive ended with quarterback Tommy Rees getting blasted from the blind side, throwing the ball directly into the arms of Corey Nelson, who returned it 24 yards for the touchdown.
On the next Irish drive, Rees threw a second interception, this one to Frank Shannon. The Sooners and Blake Bell took over on the 27 and Bell completed two passes while Roy Finch and Damien Williams each had carries, Williams running 11 yards for the touchdown to put OU up 14-0.
It looked like the Sooners were about to dominate the game. However, Notre Dame buckled down. The two teams exchanged punts before Notre Dame drove 80 yards on their next drive. Tomme Rees threw a touchdown pass to TJ Jones on that drive to close the score to 14-7.
Neither team scored again in the quarter, but Notre Dame limited mistakes by rotating quarterbacks, with Tommy Rees the passing quarterback and Andrew Hendrix as the option quarterback. Their defense also limited Bell’s opportunities.
End of first quarter:
- Oklahoma Sooners: 14
- Notre Dame Fighting Irish: 7