Belldozer makes cameo
The Belldozer was a staple of the Sooners' short-yardage offense for the last two years.
But with Blake Bell taking over the starting quarterback job after two games this season, the package, which includes double tight ends and a pair of fullbacks helping clear the way for Bell, had been marginalized this season.
Against Notre Dame, the Sooners had several short-yardage tries and, even on the ones Bell carried or had the option to carry on, the Belldozer grouping remained sidelined.
In the first quarter against TCU on Saturday, the Belldozer made its return.
On the Sooners second drive, OU was facing a fourth-and-2 from the TCU 28. Brannon Green and Nila Kasitati were lined up as tight ends with Aaron Ripkowski and Trey Millard to Bell's right.
Bell read the blocking and picked up four yards.
The alignment was the same on the following play, an incomplete pass to Jalen Saunders.
TAPPER KEEPS PRESSURE COMING
Before the season, defensive end Charles Tapper had big expectations for his sack total.
“I wanna get at least 10,” Tapper said then. “It's a goal.”
Tapper has been a disruptive force up front but hadn't made much of an impact in the sack department until Saturday.
Tapper had a pair of sacks in the win over TCU, upping his total to 2.5 for the season.
His first was for a loss of 10 yards on the Horned Frogs' first drive of the game. His other came late in the second quarter on a third-down play.
No other Sooner has more than 1.5 sacks.
Tapper finished with five tackles and has 23 for the season, fourth best on the team.
“I'm glad to be part of the next team to go 4-0 against them.”
Brennan Clay on the upcoming game against Texas. The Sooners have won three consecutive games in the series, and a win would give them their fifth winning streak of four or more games in series history.
BY RYAN ABER