Notre Dame vs. Oklahoma: 'Big Game Bob' Chokes Again as Irish Silence Sooners

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Notre Dame vs. Oklahoma: 'Big Game Bob' Chokes Again as Irish Silence Sooners
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In January of 2009, Bob Stoops took his team to the "promised land" of college football called the BCS National Championship Game. However, when they got there he made some decisions that Oklahoma Sooners fans still question.

The Sooners lost that game, 24-14, to Florida, and some fans of Oklahoma haven't let it go.

The year before the loss in the NCG, the Sooners were in another big game. Oklahoma faced West Virginia in the Fiesta Bowl, but they never led in that game, and it ended with a 48-28 thumping.

In that game, Bob Stoops made several questionable coaching calls, including going for two when he didn't need to and trying an onside kick that made no sense. The Sooners didn't get the onside kick, and West Virginia had great field position. It was indicative of the entire contest.

The year before the West Virginia loss, the Sooners were part of one of the greatest games in college football history. However, most Oklahoma fans probably don't see it that way.

The loss to Boise State was painful for Oklahoma fans for many reasons. However, some fans probably still blame Stoops for not having his team ready to play.

Fast forward to the 2012 college football season. Oklahoma lost an early game to Kansas State, but certainly they wouldn't lose another home game this year, right? Not at home at least.

Tell that to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

Notre Dame came into the Week 9 game against Oklahoma hungry, and Brian Kelly had his team ready to play. However, did Bob Stoops have his players ready to go?

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If you look at the numbers the Sooners matched the Irish all night long. Oklahoma had 22 first downs compared to Notre Dame and its 18. The Sooners rolled up 379 yards on offense, while the Irish had 403.

Oklahoma did have 34 more penalty yards than the Irish and a single turnover. While Notre Dame didn't turn the ball over even once.

However, a closer look at the numbers reveals that Oklahoma couldn't run on the Irish. On the night, the Sooners gained just 15 yards rushing on 24 attempts. Bob Stoops' team had 35 negative rushing yards in total.

In reality it came down to toughness and desire. The running game needs both to succeed, and the Sooners seemed to be lacking in both categories.

The Irish, on the other hand, ran 39 times for 215 yards. They were controlling the line of scrimmage and playing with passion.

The bottom line is the Irish seemed to want it more.

Is that a Bob Stoops problem? Did he not have his team ready?

Only Bob Stoops, his players and his coaches know the answer to that. However, the bottom line is that Stoops has now lost two games at home as head coach in the same season. That doesn't happen in Norman.

Oklahoma still faces Baylor and Oklahoma State at home this season. Will there be a third?

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