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OU notebook: Offense adds Bell 'package'

BY MIKE BALDWIN, Staff Writer, mbaldwin@opubco.com Published: October 29, 2011

Oklahoma coaches added a “Wildcat” package for third-team quarterback Blake Bell, using the redshirt freshman on third-and-short and goal-line situations. Bell's role might be similar to Tim Tebow's role early in his career at Florida.

“It's something we'll keep evolving with,” said coach Bob Stoops. “Blake is so physical and strong. He's about 255 pounds. It's another guy to defend. The beauty of it is he can throw the ball. We're going to keep developing that.”

Bell's first play was a 1-yard touchdown run.

“I had some jitters,” Bell said. “I expected a linebacker to come (hit me), but the line just blew it wide open and I walked in.”

The second time, the Sooners faced a third-and-2. Bell fumbled, fell on it and OU was forced a punt.

“Me and Roy (Finch) had a fumble exchange,” Bell said. “I was supposed to (fake it) then keep it. It was my fault. As the quarterback, I have to hold onto it. We'll get it fixed.”

DEFENSE MAKES A STATEMENT

OU's defense struggled at times against the run in the first half, but the Sooners defense dominated the second half.

Kansas State averaged 7.7 yards per carry in the first half.

“A couple of times, we got out of position reading the play, which is what they do,” Stoop said. “(Quarterback Collin Klein) makes you pay for it. And we missed some tackles. We didn't tackle well in the first half. In the second half, we settled in and were more assignment correct.”

In the second half, the Sooners limited K-State to 31 total yards and four first downs.

The Wildcats rushed for only six yards on 10 second-half carries. OU recorded seven sacks, six in the second half. Linebackers Tom Wort and Corey Nelson had two sacks each.

“Our front seven played very physical, had great resolve,” said defensive coordinator Brent Venables. “We had a tough, physical mindset the second half. At the end of the day, that was the difference.”

REYNOLDS MAKES TWO DAZZLING CATCHES

A week after he dropped three passes in a loss to Texas Tech, sophomore wide receiver Jaz Reynolds hauled in three catches, including two dazzling plays.

“I dropped a touchdown last week. This week, I had to snatch everything,” Reynolds said.

Reynolds made an acrobatic 25-yard catch midway through the second quarter, followed by an 18-yard touchdown reception that he caught one-handed.

“The first one, the sun was kind of in my eyes. I just had to focus,” Reynolds said. “The second one, I just snatched it out of the air. But there were a lot more plays out there today than those two.”

OFFENSE HAS A HUGE DAY

OU's offense compiled 567 total yards and scored eight touchdowns.

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