After Trevor Knight was named the starting quarterback, Sooners coach Bob Stoops said he expected the Belldozer to continue in some form.
But to start the second quarter of Oklahoma's eventual 34-0 win over Louisiana-Monroe, it became apparent that things had changed.
With the Sooners facing a third-and-one from their 31, Knight stayed in the game and ran for a first down himself for a five-yard gain.
Stoops said he didn't consider going with Bell.
Three plays later, Knight stayed in again on a third-and-short and Damien Williams ran for the first down.
Through the first three quarters, the Sooners had five chances with third and less than three yards. OU gained first downs on all but one--three rushing and one passing.
Bell came in the game with the Sooners up 34-0 with just less than 11 minutes remaining.
After a season-long suspension, Sooners wide receiver Jaz Reynolds played for the first time since the 2011 Bedlam game.
Reynolds made his first catch midway through the second quarter, going to his knees to haul in a 12-yard pass that gave the Sooners a first down.
The catch, Reynolds only one of the night, was reviewed but upheld.
REVIEW HURTS SHUTOUT BID
Early in the fourth quarter, it looked like Knight had found Trey Metoyer for a long completion, but Louisiana-Monroe's Cordero Smith stripped the ball away as the two tumbled to the ground.
One official ruled that Metoyer had caught the ball and was down before losing possession, but referees conferred and wound up calling the pass incomplete.
After a review, though, Smith was credited with the interception.
The Warhawks took the ball inside the 20 but the Sooners stopped ULM on fourth down to get the ball back with the shutout intact.
KASITATI GETS START
Bronson Irwin had been listed as the starter at right guard going into the game.
But sophomore Nila Kasitati made his first career start in Irwin's spot.
Irwin, who had started all 13 games last season, played only one first-half drive.
Six Sooners made their first start — Kasitati, Knight, Jordan Phillips, Charles Tapper, Zack Sanchez and Quentin Hayes.