NORMAN, Okla. -- Fireworks burst past the stadium rim and towels waved and an ear-splitting froth greeted Notre Dame, which merely had the chance to redefine itself on this night. The whole season crackled with possibility, but this was something different, something long-sought and elusive at hand. At the end of it all, as the Irish pranced about and mugged and yelped before what remained of a Memorial Stadium-record crowd of 86,031, there was no point in discussing whether Notre Dame was back. It was of much greater importance to discuss where Notre Dame was going, and the dizzying heights in clear sight.
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