by Ryan Neeley
The Belldozer can fly
It was widely speculated through Sooner Nation on whether Blake Bell could throw the ball. Let’s not forget that in high school Bell was the No. 2 rated pro style quarterback prospect. Bell went 27 of 37 for 413 yards and 4 touchdowns, according to Soonersports.com that is the most yards ever by a Sooner quarterback in their first collegiate start. Bell was deadly accurate at mid-range, but did struggle when he had to throw the ball downfield and into the endzone.
Bob Stoops said after the game that Blake Bell would be starter for Notre Dame game and I would expect pending injury the starter for the rest of season.
The Offense clicks with a passing game
Heupel called several short passes and screens to start the game and get Bell the confidence to really turn loose and throw it. The run game did struggle, but Tulsa stacked the box to stop the run. The Tulsa defensive coordinator dared Bell to beat them through the air and he proved that he could. This new balanced offense will be key after the bye week in the game against Notre Dame. Sterling Sheppard also had his biggest game of his career, in a game where the university was honoring the memory of his father Derrick Sheppard.
That being said I was concerned with some of the redzone playcalling, and the Sooners seemed to struggle at times within the 30 yard line. Against a stronger team that could cost them a game, and is something that will need to be improved on going forward.