Notre Dame football: Sooners make most of ND mistakes

South Bend Tribune


Three first-half interceptions and a defense that failed to come up with the big stop when the football game was on the line conspired to derail Notre Dame.

Oklahoma (4-0) jumped out to a 21-7 halftime lead, then held on for a 35-21 victory (3-2) Saturday.

Notre Dame quarterback Tommy Rees threw three interceptions, two within the first three minutes of the game. The first was returned 24 yards for a touchdown by Corey Nelson. The second, by Frank Shannon, was turned into a TD four plays later.

The 14th-ranked Sooners' third pick, by Julian Wilson, was followed by an Oklahoma drive that was climaxed by a Blake Bell-to-Lacolton Bester 26-yard scoring pass.

While Rees struggled through the air, the 22nd-ranked Irish found some success on the ground. George Atkinson rushed for 148 yards on 14 carries, including an 80-yard burst for a TD.

Rees hit TJ Jones for a six-yard scoring pass and Troy Niklas for a 30-yard touchdown after the Sooners' blown coverage.

Rees finished 9-of-24 for 104 yards and three picks.

Oklahoma's Alex Ross runs in a touchdown during the Notre Dame vs. Oklahoma football game on Saturday, September 28, 2013, at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend. SBT Photo/ROBERT FRANKLIN