OU used the Belldozer seven times against Texas Tech, including twice on 3rd-and-3, which is on the outside of Blake Bell’s range. The first time on 3rd-and-3, Bell broke for an eight-yard gain. The second time, Tech stuffed Bell and forced a punt.
So what is the OU formula? Is 3rd-and-3 a Belldozer down?
Depends, said Bob Stoops. “It’s different in all situations,” he said. For instance, when Bell made eight yards, the OU coaches thought, all right, a 3rd-and-2 stretches to 3rd-and-3. “We can do this.” When Bell was stuffed, they thought, uh-oh, better go back to shorter yardage.
“Again, it’s always going to be a little bit different,” Stoops said.
Texas hasn’t faced the Belldozer. The Sooners put it in a couple of weeks after OU’s 2011 victory in the Cotton Bowl.
Stoops was asked when OU will pass out of the ‘Dozer. “Somewhere down the road we may,” he said. “It’s one of those situations, yeah, that sounds great. But if you don’t make it, you think, ‘Why didn’t you just run it and get a whole new set of downs?’”
The Sooners also ran eight plays out of their three-back alignment, which meant 15 out of 69 snaps were strictly a power-football alignment.
Stoops said the three-back gives opponents a different look that can give OU an advantage on blocking schemes. “The keys are different for the safeties and linebackers,” Stoops said. “It can make you get in the wrong position here and there.”
For instance, on back-to-back plays at Tech, OU used the fullhouse backfield and handed to Dom Whaley. The first time, Whaley made four yards. The very next snap, OU ran the exact play again and Whaley busted it for 18 yards to the Tech 1-yard line.
“The first time, we missed the safety, which is unlike Trey” Millard, Stoops said. “He was looking inside for him, he was deep and outside. He came up and made the play the next time. He was able to get to him.”