PONCA CITY, Okla. — It was a crisp autumn day in October 1956; Faye Askew remembers as if it was yesterday.
She said, “It was the biggest game I remember in a long, long time.”
Her dad came home from work with a big surprise.
He’d scored coveted tickets to the OU/Notre Dame game in South Bend, Indiana.
They jumped the car and embarked on an all-night road trip for the football game of a lifetime and OU’s only win against the Fighting Irish.
Askew said, “That was such a convincing win. Who would have thought?”
The very next year, in Norman, Faye witnessed the end of a college football dynasty.
The Sooners 47-game winning streak came to an abrupt end.
Faye said, “I thought, being a teen, we were invincible, everything OU. It was like the world had ended.”
But that experience solidified Faye as a life-long fan.
She graduated from OU and even married a Sooner.
Bob Askew may be an even bigger fan than Faye.
Mrs. Askew said, “Bob made a big purchase. He always wanted a crimson car so he got one. He decorated it with decals.”
They make the two-hour journey from Ponca City to Norman for every home game.
They would not miss Saturday’s contest and a chance at redemption.
“It’s built in,” she said. “The animosity you feel for Texas and OSU, it’s the same with Notre Dame. Hatred? Yes. I hate saying that (laugh) but yes.”
Faye remembers the good times and bad, sweet memories of games past and hopes for an even brighter future, starting Saturday.
“We’ll be there screaming our heads off and being as supportive as we can be,” she said.
More than 85,000 others will be doing the same.