NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - As Oklahoma celebrates its 100th year of
statehood tomorrow another anniversary will be on the minds of
It was November 16th, 1957, - 50 years ago - when the Oklahoma
Sooners still-record 47 game winning streak came to an end in a 7-0
loss to Notre Dame.
The Fighting Irish had lost two straight and OU was a heavy
favorite going into the game.
But Notre Dame held the Sooners to 145 yards and scored the
game's only points on Dick Lynch's 3-yard touchdown run with just
minutes to play.
Irish captain Dick Prendergrast says his team was outclassed by
Oklahoma but played above its ability.
A crowd of about 62,000 sat stunned long after the game in what
Notre Dame coach Terry Brennan says was a deafening silence.
No Division One team has come closer than a dozen wins of
reaching 47 straight since. Toledo won 35 in a row from 1969 to
1971 while Miami and Southern California have each won 34 straight.
The longest current winning streak is 10 by Hawaii and Kansas.
Mount Union of Division Three holds the overall NCAA mark with
55 straight wins, and it also owns a 54-game streak.