Tulsa Native, Notre Dame Alum Travels To Norman For OU Match-Up
TULSA, Oklahoma - Two of the top college football teams in the country face off in Norman Saturday.
The eighth ranked Sooners take on number five Notre Dame. This game is just the latest chapter in a long history between the rivals.
In a sea of crimson and cream, you'd be hard pressed to find Notre Dame gold here in Oklahoma.
But with this weekend's match-up being hailed as the biggest game in the nation, don't be surprised if you see more Notre Dame flags flying proudly in the wind.
"We have a pretty loyal Notre Dame following here in town," said Scott Andrews.
Andrews may have been born and raised in Tulsa, but he says he bleeds gold and blue.
He and his friend, Kathleen McDonald, are heading to Norman for the game. McDonald, a fellow Notre Dame alum, flew in from Missouri.
"This is a real proving point for Notre Dame—if they are contenders for the National Championship," McDonald said.
And they're not alone. Tulsa has its own Notre Dame Alumni club, with more than 700 members.
Erin Donovan is the co-president, and with just one look around her house, you can tell where her loyalty lies.
"I'm one of 20 people in my family that have been lucky enough to go to the University of Notre Dame," Donovan said.
And as important as Saturday's game is, it's only the latest chapter in a history between the two that dates back nearly 60 years.
It's the fifth time both teams have played each other while ranked in the top ten, but it's also the match-up that ended Oklahoma's historic 47-game winning streak back in 1957.
"You can bring up Notre Dame in front of a OU guy, and he'll say, ‘Ahhh!'" Andrews joked.
"They remind us of what a powerhouse they have been in the last 20 years, and that's nice, so it's always comforting to pull out a few comments like that to keep things on more of an even keel," Donovan said.
Since snapping Oklahoma's record-setting winning streak, Notre Dame has consistently beaten OU—a streak OU fans hope the team will snap Saturday.
Kick off in Norman is at 7 p.m., and you can catch the highlights on the Saturday College Football Blitz.