Oklahoma scored its first DI-A win of the season Saturday, beating Notre Dame 29-22 in Norman, Okla.
The Sooners had their chances to separate from the Fighting Irish in the opening half, but couldn’t capitalize, due partially to the breaking in of freshman flyhalf Pete Santos, OU’s third No. 10 this school year.
“We had tons of opportunities from breakaways and just mistakes,” said OU coach Kenny Forehand. “Pete played really well, but it took him a while to develop his confidence and get going.”
“I wouldn’t put his performance up there as a high one, but it’s an important one. Here’s a freshman kid who’s moved positions. Our other scrumhalf is a sophomore, so those two could potentially be together for a long time. And we’re really going to work on them.”
Also putting in a solid performance for OU was sophomore prop Patrick Jones, who scored a long-distance try in the second half to give the Sooners the momentum that’d carry them to victory.
“We shifted guys in different positions. We’ve found a lineup we’re happy with, but just got to get them experience,” Forehand said.
Oklahoma has a tough challenge next week when it faces Arkansas State, as does Notre Dame when it takes on Life.