Oklahoma State football notebook: Cowboys defend the Belldozer almost perfectly
Rarely have defenses been able to contain Oklahoma's Belldozer formation, the power run attack of backup quarterback Blake Bell, but Oklahoma State kept it in check almost all day.
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Unfortunately, Bell was able to slip out of a tackle and score the touchdown that forced overtime as the Sooners ultimately defeated OSU, 51-48, on Saturday night at Owen Field.
The Belldozer formation produced nine yards on five snaps, not counting Bell's 12-yard pass completion when starter Landry Jones was injured for a play.
In the second quarter, Bell accounted for a first down on an OU scoring drive, but only after the ball was knocked loose and recovered by an offensive lineman.
Bell broke loose of a backfield tackle for a 4-yard touchdown run on fourth-and-one in the closing seconds of regulation to ultimately force overtime.
“He's a big, physical guy,” OSU defensive coordinator Bill Young said of Bell, the 6-foot-6, 254-pound sophomore. “It's hard to stop him for a yard. We were right there, he just ran through the tackle.
“We were in the same call on all of them.”
RANDLE, CHELF KEEP RUN GAME ALIVE
Lost in the mix of Saturday's disappointment was a rather impressive performance by the Cowboys in the run game, led by Joseph Randle.
The junior rushed for four touchdowns and 113 yards on 21 carries. His four touchdowns, which he achieved for the third time in his career, tied for the second-most by an OSU back in a game — behind only Barry Sanders, who had three five-TD games in 1988.
Quarterback Clint Chelf added a boost as well, especially with a career-long 38-yard run on a draw in the first quarter. He finished with 63 yards, including 18 lost yards on sacks.
“Joseph ran the ball very well. Our running game was good,” head coach Mike Gundy said. “Overall offensively, I thought we played pretty well. For the most part, I thought our run game was where we wanted it to be.”
Randle continues to climb the charts, now ranking fourth in career rushing touchdowns behind Sanders (48), Terry Miller (43) and Thurman Thomas (43).
OSU cornerback Brodrick Brown was in the middle of the action seemingly from the start of the game. The 5-foot-8, 185-pound senior spent most of the day across from his Sooner doppelganger, receiver Justin Brown, also wearing jersey No. 19.
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