Sept. 29, 1999

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No. 23 Oklahoma Sooners
at Notre Dame Fighting Irish
October 2nd at 1:30 a.m. EST
Notre Dame Stadium (80,012)

Oklahoma’s receivers vs. Notre Dame’s secondary
This is a make or break game for both squads. With three wins and a Top 25 berth,
the Sooners are ready to make their grand entrance on the national scene.
The Irish, on the other hand, have struggled with inconsistency and are
ready for a little redemption.

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Under Head Coach Bob Stoops, the Sooners have turned up the intensity on
offense and defense. Quarterback Josh Heupel (14) has dominated the
competition, racking up 1,190 yards passing in the last three games.

New offensive coordinator Mike Leach has given the Oklahoma offense a little
Kentucky flavor. The Sooners like to spread the field with multiple receivers,
isolating the outside threat and opening up the run.

The Irish face their third pass-happy team this season, but nothing as wide
open as Oklahoma. The Irish secondary played well against Kansas and Purdue,
but both of those teams have an added running dimension OU overlooks.

Against OU’s passing attack, the safeties will play a big role in containing the
deep ball. Look for a lot of zone coverage deep with a mixture of zone and man
underneath.

Here, the Irish drop into a Cover 4, opening up seams in the short secondary.
Heupel has plenty of time to sit in the pocket and makes the perfect throw.
Safety A’Jani Sanders (5) reads the play perfectly, forcing the incompletion.

This is a make or break game for both squads. With three wins and a Top 25 berth,
the Sooners are ready to make their grand entrance on the national scene.