Small Screen Debut (1952 vs. Oklahoma)
In November 1952, #10 Notre Dame hosted #4 Oklahoma in one of the first nationally-televised games in college football history (and the first-ever televised Notre Dame game). With 75 rushing yards, a crucial 36-yard catch, interception and fumble recovery, future Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Lattner (‘54) helped the Fighting Irish on both sides of the football. In the fourth quarter, with the score tied at 21, Dan Shannon (’55) forced a fumble that helped set up quarterback Tom Carey (‘55)’s deciding touchdown. Despite being 14-point underdogs, the Irish won, 27-21, snapping a 13-game Oklahoma winning streak. This ‘Strong and True’ moment features game highlights from Tel-Ra Productions and images from the University of Notre Dame Media Relations office.
Notre Dame and Oklahoma met on Nov. 8, 1952, before a crowd of more than 57,000 at Notre Dame Stadium.
In Notre Dame’s first televised game, the Fighting Irish upset the Sooners, 27-21.
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