THE BOTTOM LINE
By Brad Edwards, Special to ESPN.com
Paul Thompson and OU just couldn't get anything going offensively against TCU.
After losing Jason White, its top three wideouts, most of its offensive line and five of its top seven tacklers from last year's team, Oklahoma knew it might take a few games to get rolling again.
But anyone who thought the Sooner Schooner would crash and burn on Sept. 3 probably lives fairly close to Fort Worth. It was tough to see this upset coming.
Oklahoma is the first top-10 team to lose its season opener at home against an unranked team since No. 9 Notre Dame was upset by Northwestern to start the 1995 season. The Sooners are now 60-8 since 2000, but four of those eight losses have come against unranked opponents.
The last time Oklahoma had lost a regular-season nonconference game was at Notre Dame in 1999 -- Bob Stoops' first season. This was also the first September loss for Stoops, and it was the first time the Sooners had been shut out in the first half under Stoops.
Such notes seem even harder to believe when considering the team on the winning side of this game. In its previous seven road games, TCU had beaten only Army and SMU. It was also the Horned Frogs' first win over a top-10 team since beating No. 1 Texas in 1961.
After going 13-0 in 2004, Auburn lost its 2005 opener at home against Georgia Tech. The Tigers became only the fourth team in the last 25 years to lose a season opener on the heels of a perfect season. The others were Tulane (lost '99 opener), Michigan (lost '98 opener) and Clemson (lost '82 opener).
HERE COME THE IRISH
Notre Dame's offense had struggled for much of the previous five years, but it apparently won't anymore. At least, it didn't on Saturday night. Last season, the Irish accumulated only 127 rushing yards per game, which was their lowest such output since WWII. They more than doubled that total with 275 yards rushing en route to a 42-21 win over Pittsburgh -- a pleasant surprise for a team that averaged only 24 points per game a year ago.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
15-0 If you sit down to watch Monday night's broadcast of Miami against Florida State, remember this. The 'Canes have won the last 15 games between these teams that have been decided by fewer than 10 points (single digits). And, as usual, this projects to be another tight one.