The Irish took a 10-6 lead into halftime of Saturday's showdown with No. 8 Oklahoma after the Sooners drove 74 yards before settling for a 30-yard field goal. Landry Jones moved up to sixth all-time in passing yards in NCAA history with three more passes of 13 yards or more. With second-and-goal from the 4, Oklahoma brought out big Blake Bell and the "Belldozer" package. Bell ran it in untouched for what appeared to be the first rushing touchdown yielded by Notre Dame all year, but a holding penalty wiped it out.
Another self-inflicted wound -- a third-down dropped pass -- forced the Sooners to kick the field goal.
Previously in the quarter, after the teams traded punts, redshirt freshman quarterback Everett Golson -- looking poised and sharp -- led a nice Notre Dame drive that ended in a 34-yard field goal by Kyle Brindza. Golson had two third-down conversions through the air, and scampered for 9 and 8 yards on a pair of designed quarterback runs. But on third-and-2 from the Oklahoma 17, Golson failed to capitalize on a big running lane right in front of him, and instead scrambled back and threw the ball out of bounds, forcing the Irish to settle for the field goal and a 10-3 lead.
Notre Dame out gained Oklahoma on the ground 106-3, but Jones threw for 194 yards on 18-of-27 passing, compared with Golson's 55 on 5-of-11 passing.