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September 24, 2013

Sooners can bury bad history by burying Notre Dame

NORMAN — Trying to pin down Bob Stoops is more art than science. Monday, I failed on both counts.

Perhaps I elicited an interesting response concerning quarterback mindset, but that’s as far as I got. 

About that, Blake Bell couldn’t have approached the Tulsa game any better and if he approaches Saturday in South Bend the the same way it will be a very good sign. 

Of course, playing in South Bend is kind of like moving from your home court to Wimbledon’s grass, your home course to Augusta National or your home track to Indianapolis Motor Speedway. 

You don’t know how you’ll respond, do you?

But that was just a prelude to what Stoops must have thought but couldn’t say or refuses to think about because it does him no good to think about it.

Recalling last season against Notre Dame, when a 13-13 tie became a 30-13 loss, he offered this nugget.

“They made every play after that,” Stoops said.

So, would he like another shot like last year? Another fourth-quarter tie, the Sooners with a chance to win in the end?

“You want to play all (four) quarters,” Stoops said. “But at the end of the day, you want to be the one making the plays down the stretch that win the game.”

To an arguably artful question Stoops made an artful dodge, refusing to take or give back last season’s scenario.

Next, history. 

Over time, OU has lost 9 of 10 to Notre Dame. It’s an albatross around the Sooner Nation’s neck. Does it wear on Stoops?

“No,” he said. “I’ve only been a part of a couple of them and those don’t really have any weight on what happens in this one,” he said. “So, whether you’ve won them or lost them, you treat them each as their own. It’s its own opportunity and we’re anxious about this one.”

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