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    On This Day: While many fans know that the Notre Dame men's basketball team ended UCLA's historic 88-game winning streak in 1974, fewer are probably aware that the Fighting Irish football team also broke a significant streak, 54 years ago today.

    In 1957, Oklahoma was a 19-point favorite against head coach Terry Brennan's Fighting Irish. Notre Dame however, scored a late touchdown to shock the Sooners, 7-0, and put an end to their 47-game winning streak.

    In each case, Notre Dame bookended the streak. In 1971, the Irish defeated the Bruins, 89-82 in South Bend. Three championships and 88 wins later, Notre Dame pulled off the historic defeat against UCLA, winning again at home, 71-70.

    On the football field, Notre Dame handed Oklahoma a 28-21 loss to open the 1953 season. In the following game, the Sooners tied Pittsburgh, 7-7, but went on to win their next 47 contests before falling to the Irish in Norman on Nov. 16, 1957.

    The squads will meet again next season, on Oct. 27 at Oklahoma Memorial Stadium.

    Concert at the Capitol: For this past weekend's Shamrock Series game in Washington, D.C., the Band of the Fighting Irish performed on the lawn outside the U.S. Capitol. I had a chance to catch the performance and shot a few short video clips. Here's a compilation from their concert.

    I also had a chance to see the band perform in Times Square prior to last year's game against Army at Yankee Stadium. Both performances were very special, but I would have to give a slight edge to the concert in New York. To decide for yourself, check out the following video from nknkproductions.

    - Josh Flynt ('11)

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