Oklahoma Football: 30 Best Games in School History

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Nov 21, 2015; Norman, OK, USA; Oklahoma Sooners sooner schooner during the game against the TCU Horned Frogs at Gaylord Family – Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Nov. 16, 1957 – Notre Dame 7, Oklahoma 0

In my memory, this was a very special game in Oklahoma football history, because it was one of the first times I can recall watching a Sooners’ game on television, and it was around the time in my lifetime that I became an Oklahoma sports fan.

That same fall, my favorite major league baseball team of all-time, the Milwaukee Braves, won their first World Series, beating the love-’em-or-hate-’em New York Yankees.

This was Bud Wilkinson’s fourth game against Notre Dame, and the only one in which he had come away with a victory was the most recent game between the two schools. The year before, in South Bend, Ind., the Sooners claimed their first win over the Fighting Irish with a convincing 40-0 victory.

The Oklahoma win over Missouri the week before the 1957 Notre Dame game was the Sooners 47th consecutive victory, something no team before or since has been able to match.

Three quarters into the 1957 game with Notre Dame, it appeared that the game might end in a scoreless tie. The Fighting Irish had threatened to score a couple of times to that point in the game, but the Oklahoma defense had thwarted the attempts. Notre Dame broke the scoreless deadlock, however, on a 3-yard touchdown run by Dick Lynch in the fourth quarter.

The Sooners put together a drive late in the game, but a pass by OU sophomore quarterback Bennett Watts was intercepted by the Irish, ending Oklahoma’s scoring opportunity as well as its 47-game winning streak. You can view highlights from this historic game yourself in this video.

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