Sophomore backup quarterback Blake Bell continued his run of huge touchdown numbers Saturday, Belldozing in four scores — all in the first half — during Oklahoma's 63-21 rout of Texas in Dallas.
He's now rushed for 20 career touchdowns in just 11 games, dating back to OU's 2011 midseason win at Kansas State.
Bell enters games for senior starter Landry Jones in short-yardage or goal-line situations, takes a shotgun snap and finds a hole or sweeps outside.
“I usually just, when I come off the field, I go straight to Landry and say, ‘Thanks,'” Bell said. “He's the one that gets me down there. When coach calls my name, I'm going to get in there and do my job.”
Bell is Jones' heir apparent to the Sooners' starting quarterback job, which he's set to assume next season.
“He's taught me a lot,” Bell said. “I kind of take it like a sponge and soak up as much information as I can before he leaves. It's awesome learning from a guy like him.”
SOONERS' DEFENSE BUCKING BIG 12 TREND
Oklahoma's defense completely stuffed the Longhorn offense Saturday, allowing Texas just two first downs and 65 total yards in the first half. Just two of those yards were on the ground.
This comes against a Texas offensive unit that entered the Red River Rivalry sixth in the country in scoring offense. The Longhorns had busted 11 offensive plays for 40 or more yards before Saturday.
Texas did score on a late 44-yard touchdown pass from backup quarterback Case McCoy to Mike Davis, but it came with under five minutes left in the game and the Longhorns losing 56-8.
In a conference with so much offense and — seemingly — so little defense, what have the Sooners done to buck the trend?
“I'm excited about the way we're playing and I want to keep it up,” said junior middle linebacker Tom Wort. “The confidence and swagger we had going into today, we need that every game. If we have that confidence coupled with the way we prepared the last two weeks, I don't think we'll be giving up too many points.”
Junior center Gabe Ikard, on fullback Trey Millard's big Red River game:
“People are always begging for him to get the ball, and lo and behold, we gave him the ball.”