The Oklahoma Sooners finally shook the monkey of the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame from off their backs, beating the Irish 35-21. It has been a long time coming, as the last time OU beat Notre Dame, it was 57 years ago and Bud Wilkinson was the head coach. Here is a look at five players who made this big win happen for the Sooners.
A scary moment happened in the third quarter when Blake Bell went down with an injury. He went straight to the locker room and Trevor Knight came back out on to the field. The Sooners had to settle for a field goal when Knight couldn’t punch it in, but then Bell returned in the fourth quarter. It turned out he was suffering from cramps and needed an IV before he returned.
The announcers the entire game were dismissing Bell as a quarterback who lacked accuracy and relied only on his legs, proving they didn’t see him play last week and had not watched him this game as well. Bell completed 22 of 30 passes for 232 yards and two touchdowns. That gives this “inaccurate” quarterback a 73-percent completion rate in the game.
On the season as a whole, Bell has completed 71.2 percent of his passes for 683 yards and six touchdowns. He hasn’t thrown an interception either. The Oklahoma Sooners, with this big win, are now national title contenders once again, and that all lies on Blake Bell’s broad shoulders.
It is great to see Sterling Shepard turning into a star before our eyes. His father remains a Sooners’ legend, and Sterling is really coming into his own. After Notre Dame closed the score to a seven point lead, Bell found Shepard in the fourth quarter for a big 54 yard catch and run for the final touchdown of the game. It was not just a great catch and run, but a game crushing play that finally slammed the nail into the Irish coffin.
Shepard finished the game with five receptions for 83 yards and a touchdown and is officially a better option for the Sooners than former five-star recruit Trey Metoyer. On the season, Shepard ranks second in receptions with 16 and first in yards with 229. He is also tied with Jalen Saunders for touchdown receptions with three. Sterling Shepard has officially arrived and he is a solid playmaker for OU.