OU vs. Notre Dame postgame Breaking it down

NORMAN, Okla. — The No. 8 Sooners fell to the fifth-ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish 30-13 Saturday evening, and now Sooners Illustrated digs deeper into this contest.

Game ball goes to: Wide receiver Jalen Saunders. Amongst all negative things, the Fresno State transfer exploded for an OU program-tying 15 receptions for 181 yards. He set the quarter record with eight catches in the first quarter, which resulted in 82 yards.

Play of the game: With just less than nine minutes remaining and two plays after OU squared it up at 13, Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson dropped back and found wide receiver Chris Brown for 50 yards. That was a huge momentum swing and set up the Irish for their eventual game-winning score.

It was over when: Irish place kicker Kyle Brindza booted through a 46-yard field goal with 3:16 left. It made it a two-possession game shortly after Sooner quarterback Landry Jones threw an interception on a drive that could have tied the game.

Surprise of the game: OU wasn't able to run the ball. At all. Everyone knew Notre Dame's run defense was good, but this good? Nope. They completely shutdown OU running back Damien Williams and co., surrendering just 15 yards.

The biggest thing we learned:

OU is out of the BCS National Championship race. The Sooners got one of the upsets they needed in Florida losing but couldn't take of their own business and dropped their second game this season, eliminating them from national title contention.

The biggest concern: Will this team mail it in? Two losses now, a conference championship likely out of the picture with Kansas State needing to lose twice, there's all kinds of concern that this team could lay down if they don't have character.

Streak count: Seven straight losses to the Irish. OU has not beaten the South Benders since legendary head coach Bud Wilkinson's boys did so back in 1956. The Sooners have still never beaten them in Norman.

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