Both questions and answers, though it may take some deciphering, push OU toward the same place.
Saturday is no game the Sooners want to squeak out. It is no game they merely want an even shot come the fourth quarter.
Rout the Irish and victory’s in the bag. Also, that way, let’s face it, may be the only way.
Stoops chose not to answer the first of the two questions because he wants no part of a tie game in the fourth quarter at Notre Dame, but saying he’s planning or expecting to be up three touchdowns after three quarters would be bulletin board material of the first order.
So he didn’t.
A year ago, the Sooners dominated everywhere but the scoreboard. They drove 71 yards in the first quarter, but settled for three points after stalling at the Irish 11. They drove 66 yards in the second quarter before stalling at the 13 and settling for three more. They drove 44 yards in the third quarter only to punt from the Irish 36.
What was six points could have been 21.
In the second half against Louisiana-Monroe and for four quarters against Tulsa OU proved it could be explosive.
The Irish, as usual, have proven to have just enough to win three of four times: beating Temple soundly, losing to a Michigan team that barely beat Akron and topping Purdue and Michigan State by a combined 10 points.
Only that’s just the thing about the Irish. Rarely scary, against OU, they’ve been impossibly hard to beat.
In front of Touchdown Jesus, in 1999, the Irish scored the last 21 points of the game to beat OU 34-30. Last season, they scored the last 17.
Stoops can talk about how the past isn’t prologue, yet his own experience against Notre Dame is proof it can be. But what good is it to think about? So he doesn’t.