Oklahoma OC Josh Heupel talks about his opening-drive QB switch
Landry Jones completed four passes — two to Justin Brown, one to Kenny Stills and one to Sterling Shepard — for 38 total yards. He’d handed the ball off and watched his backs — Damien Williams, Brennan Clay and Trey Millard – run for 21 yards.
The Sooners grabbed four first downs and were at Oklahoma State’s 16-yard line and suddenly, Jones was no longer in at quarterback.
There was Blake Bell. It was second-and-7. This wasn’t the typical time that Oklahoma used its Belldozer short-yardage package.
Then Bell handed the ball off to Roy Finch, who gained one yard. Now it was third-and-6. Then Landry Jones was back in at quarterback. He threw an incompletion and just like that the opening drive ended in a missed field goal.
Sooner Nation went nuts, at least on Twitter.
‘What was Josh Heupel thinking?’ was the common question.
Here’s the answer:
“I jut felt like there was an opportunity for us to stick a run in there with a big-boy set,” Heupel said Tuesday. “So it’s a formation that we felt gave us an advantage and an opportunity to run the football and get into a manageable situation on third down and pick up a first down.”
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