SOUTH BEND, Ind. —
They went on to lose the Gator Bowl 28-6, go 5-7 in 2003 and 6-5 in 2004. Willingham was fired, then hired by Washington where he failed to post a winning season in four tries.
Sooner fans everywhere: It was pretty clear OU sold out its allotment of tickets. Sooner fans claimed two swaths of seating, the larger one southeast corner’s upper level, from Sections 113 to 119, and a smaller one surrounding the lower entrance to Section 13.
Yet more interesting were many pockets of crimson and cream surrounded by Irish fans. Those fans had to have secured tickets originally intended for Irish consumption.
Coverage: Five newspapers sent multiple reporters to Saturday’s game: three from Oklahoma (The Transcript, The Tulsa World and The Oklahoman) and two from Indiana (South Bend Tribune, Fort Wayne Journal Gazette). The Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun Times both had a single reporter in the press box, as did USA Today.
Still in South Bend: Gerry Faust became famous for taking over Notre Dame’s football program in 1981, coming direct from the high school ranks, where he’d gone 178-23-2 at Cincinnati’s Moeller High School. Faust went 30-26-1 over five seasons and resigned before he could be fired. Saturday, not only was he in the press box watching the game, but according to the press box seating chart, he controlled 11 seats, well more than any media organization covering the game.