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September 29, 2013

OU fans hit the road, savor tradition and victory in South Bend

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Geoff Potts was easy to spot. Even as he stood in the common at the University of Notre Dame surrounded by hundreds of Irish fans, the Norman native could not be missed wearing a crimson jacket and pants combination with the hat and tie to match.

However, Potts didn’t travel from Oklahoma to South Bend, IN. just to showcase his fashion sense. Seeing his Sooners take on the Irish on the historic Notre Dame campus was an event he didn’t want to miss.

“This is the second time I’ve been here,” Potts said. “I came here in 1999. Anybody who knows about college football knows the tradition of Notre Dame. Best college football program tradition of all programs.”

An estimated 20,000 Oklahoma fans piled into Notre Dame’s 80,000 seat stadium to watch the Sooners defeat the Irish 35-21 Saturday. It was a complete turn around from the beating Notre Dame handed OU in 2012 in Norman.

But more than just seeing Oklahoma get revenge, fans came to South Bend for the

experience. Unlike almost any other program in the country, Notre Dame has a sense his history and tradition that adds to the mystic of the team.

“It’s tradition,” Norman City Councilman Robert Castleberry said. “You have two of the greatest traditions in college football. Never been up here. Didn’t get a chance to come up here in 1999. So I wanted to come up here and bring my son (Colton) up here and kind of tour Notre Dame.”

Castleberry said he grew up in Nebraska and some of his fondest memories as a child was being taken to games between the Cornhuskers and Sooners. He wants this experience to be the same for his son.

“It’s very special,” Castleberry said. “I hope this is one of them memories he has the rest of his life.”

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