Notre Dame 30, OU 13 | October 27, 2012 | Norman, Okla.
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|| Oklahoma Team Notes
Tonight's attendance was 86,031, the most in Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium history.
OU has held its last eight opponents to 13 points or fewer in the first half, including all seven of its opponents this season.
Oklahoma has outscored its last three opponents 104-25 in first halves and 152-52 overall this season in the first two quarters. The OU defense has allowed just three touchdowns this season in the first half.
OU had 364 passing yards on 36 completions, both season highs for a Notre Dame opponent, besting previous highs of 201 yards and 23 completions.
OU has scored in 34 of 37 red zone chances this year, including 3 for 4 tonight.
The loss snaps an 18-game win streak at home against non-conference opponents.
Oklahoma has lost two home games in the same season for the first time since 1998.
OU's 15 rushing yards is tied for seventh fewest in program history and the fewest since totaling minus 16 against Texas in 2009.
|| Oklahoma Individual Notes
Jalen Saunders broke the OU record for most receptions in a quarter with eight in the first quarter. The previous record was seven shared by Eddie Hinton (once) and Ryan Broyles (three times).
Saunders' 15 receptions ties a school record with Ryan Broyles who had 15 catches against Iowa State in 2010.
Saunders 181 yards is the eighth-highest total by an OU player in school history and are the most since Ryan Broyles' school record of 217 yards against Kansas in 2011.
With 356 passing yards, Jones has 14,387 in his career, passing Hawaii's Colt Brennan (2005-07) for 6th in NCAA history.
Jones surpassed the 300-yard passing mark for the 24th time in his career, extending an OU record.
With 340 yards of total offense, Jones now has 14,031 for his career, passing Houston's Kevin Kolb (2003-06) for 10th in NCAA history.
With 35 completions, Jones now has 1,190 for his career, passing Texas' Colt McCoy (2006-09) for third in Big 12 history.
Kenny Stills' seven receptions give him 167 in his career, moving him past Trent Smith (1999-02) into a tie for fifth place with DeMarco Murray (2007-10) on the OU career receptions list.
Michael Hunnicutt kicked field goals of 28 and 30 yards in the first half, pushing his conversion streak to 10 in a row. Hunnicutt is 10 for 11 this season and has made all nine of his attempts this season under 40 yards.
|| Notre Dame Team Notes
Including Saturday's game with Oklahoma, Notre Dame has played before 273 capacity crowds among its 450 road games (.607) since 1930. The Irish have played in front of sellout crowds in 250 of its previous 292 games (.856) overall.
Notre Dame already has recorded four victories over teams ranked in the AP top 25 at the time of the game (No. 10 Michigan State, No. 18 Michigan, No. 17 Stanford and No. 8 Oklahoma). No FBS team in the country has more victories over AP top-25 foes than the Irish.
Notre Dame's opposition has managed only five touchdowns in 22 redzone opportunities in 2012. The Irish actually have limited their foes to three TDs over the past 17 trips.
Oklahoma scored 41, 63 and 52 points, respectively, in its three previous games entering tonight. The Irish limited them to 13, which is the fewest by Oklahoma this season and tied for the second-fewest at home during the 14-year Bob Stoops era at OU. The Sooners opened the 2005 season with a 17-10 home loss vs. TCU while the 2001 Oklahoma team ended that regular-season with a 16-13 home loss to Oklahoma State. In every other home game at Oklahoma since 1999, the Sooners have scored at least 14 points.
Notre Dame's defense has allowed one rushing touchdown in 2012 (tonight to Oklahoma). The Irish still lead the nation in fewest rushing touchdowns allowed. Notre Dame allowed only eight rushing touchdowns in 2011.
|| Notre Dame Individual Notes
Senior RB Cierre Wood exploded up the middle for a 62-yard TD run with 6:24 to go in the opening quarter to give the Irish a 7-3 advantage. The run was Notre Dame's longest of the year and Wood's longest career run. His previous career-best was a 55-yard burst at Purdue in 2011.
The TD run was Wood's third of 2012 and 15th of his career.
Sophomore WR Chris Brown hauled in a 50-yard grab midway through the fourth quarter. The reception was the longest of the season for the Irish.
Senior ILB Manti Te'o finished with a team-high 11 tackles. He now has led the Irish in stops on 26 different occasions in his career. The double-digit tackle game was his sixth of the season (fourth in a row) and 24th of his career.
Only one player in the FBS has generated more turnovers than Te'o. He is the only player in the nation to rank in the top 10 in both total interceptions and fumble recoveries.
Te'o has five interceptions this season, which leads the team. He shares the school record for interceptions by a linebcaker in a single season with Lyron Cobbins (1995) and John Pergine (1966).
Sophomore PK Kyle Brindza missed his first two field goal attempts a week ago in the 17-14 victory over BYU, but he connected on a 34-yard field goal with 5:58 left in the second quarter to give the Irish a 10-3 lead. He made three-of-four tonight.