Oklahoma football: Fourth time is a charm for Blake Bell and the Belldozer

OU FOOTBALL — The first three times Oklahoma trotted out the Belldozer on Saturday penalties sent Blake Bell right back to the sidelines. But on the fourth try, Bell busted loose and ran 55 yards for a touchdown.
by Ryan Aber Published: November 10, 2012
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Blake Bell waited and waited to get his shot.

Three times in the first three quarters of Saturday's 42-34 win over Baylor, Bell trotted onto the field to lead the Belldozer.

Each time, though, a penalty sent him off without having run a play.

“After sitting over there for a couple quarters, you want to take advantage when you're out there,” Bell said.

Bell did, taking his first carry 55 yards for a touchdown to put the Sooners ahead by 16 points in the opening minute of the fourth.

Baylor coach Art Briles compared the run to John Riggins' 43-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl XVII that put the Redskins ahead and boosted them to a win.

“That was third-and-a-yard and his (Riggins') was fourth-and-a-yard,” Briles said. “But when those situations happen everyone condenses up the line of scrimmage and if you ever break the line of scrimmage because of the coverage on the outside, you've got a chance to go the distance.”

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by Ryan Aber
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Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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