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Oklahoma football: Belldozer turns Blake Bell into possible record-setter

by Berry Tramel Published: November 2, 2012

Blake Bell has nine rushing touchdowns this season. He had 13 a year ago. That’s 22 in 11/2 seasons. But it’s really 22 in 13 games.

The Belldozer wasn’t born until Oct. 29, 2011, when the Sooners won at Kansas State. So that’s six games last season and seven this season.

Oklahoma quarterback Blake Bell (10) runs for a first down against Notre Dame during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012. Notre Dame won 30-13. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)

Oklahoma quarterback Blake Bell (10) runs for a first down against Notre Dame during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012. Notre Dame won 30-13. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)

I don’t know the future of the Belldozer after this season. If Bell is the starting quarterback, OU might scrap the ‘Dozer to protect its QB. Or it might just run the Belldozer more than ever. Who knows?

But to this point,Bell is scoring about 1.7 touchdowns per game. Barring injury, he figures to have 32 more OU games. If Bell keeps up the same scoring ratio, that’s 54 more touchdowns.

Do you see where I’m going? Blake Bell has a chance to be the most productive touchdown-scorer in OU football history. I fBell scores 54 more touchdowns, that’s 76 total. The OU record, set by DeMarco Murray two years ago, is 65 touchdowns. The rushing touchdown record is 57, set by Steve Owens 43 years ago.

The Belldozer was one of the few offensive highlights against Notre Dame. Notre Dame hadn’t allowed a rushing touchdown all season, but that changed in the fourth quarter, when Bell scored. That touchdown was set up by a fourth-down pass out of the Belldozer, Bell to Trey Millard.

The Sooners also used the Belldozer on a 2nd-and-6 play. Stoops said he informed offensive coordinator Josh Heupel that it was four-down territory, which signaled to Heupel to use the ‘Dozer and get OU in 3rd-and-short or 4th-and-short.

Bob Stoops said the Belldozer will continue to evolve. “Are we going to do that every down? No,” Stoops said. “Because you’re limited in what you can do.”


by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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