Hard to forget blowing a 30-14 lead and losing 34-30. Especially when it's your first year as head coach.
"I was asked this morning what I remember about it, and I said I remembered getting up by 17 points and not knowing how to win," Stoops said on Monday afternoon. "I told my staff when we got home from the game, I said our guys hadn't ever been up on anyone by 17 points."
That 1999 team went 7-5 -- Oklahoma's first winning record in six seasons. And despite the collapse, that strong performance against Notre Dame was a sign of things to come for the Sooners, who went on to go 13-0 and win the national championship in 2000. They've been a perennial power ever since.
Stoops pointed to that Notre Dame game as a learning experience for his team and his program.
"I know we weren't satisfied about it," he said. "We were up 17 points and I look around and see a bunch of guys laughing and giggling and knew they had no idea. We still had a whole half (to go), and sure enough we didn't know how to keep it."