Bell: ‘My time will come'
Blake Bell isn't totally oblivious to the chorus of fans calling for his elevation on Oklahoma's depth chart above Landry Jones.
The sophomore backup quarterback scored two touchdowns from the Belldozer formation in Saturday's 41-20 win at Texas Tech, but Jones played his best game since losing All-American receiver Ryan Broyles late last season; the senior four-year starter completed 25 of 40 passes for 259 yards and two touchdowns, but his strong day went beyond the stat line.
Jones was poised, not panicked, in the pocket. Most of his pass attempts were right on the money, particularly on his two touchdown tosses to Justin Brown and Kenny Stills.
“He did awesome. I'm glad. He looked real confident out there,” Bell said.
“A couple of those balls to Justin Brown and Kenny in the corner ... that's the Landry I know.”
When asked if he pays attention to OU fans who call for Jones' benching, Bell said: “I don't even worry about that. I know what Landry can do, and I know the player he is, and he showed it out there today.
“My time will come.”
BEFORE 38-YARD GRAB, WILLIAMS THOUGHT JONES WAS THROWING IT AWAY
On Oklahoma's first drive of the second half, Jones avoided a near sack by Tech defensive end Dartwan Bush and hit running back Damien Williams in stride near the sideline, just over the outstretched arms of another Red Raider defender.
Williams picked up 38 yards on the play, which set up a touchdown that put OU up 31-13.
“At first I thought he was trying to throw the ball out,” Williams said. “Everybody didn't think I was gonna catch it, but I have good enough hands to catch the ball and get upfield.”
Williams, in his first start as a Sooner, gained 48 yards on 14 carries, but also caught six passes for a team-high 82 yards.
Defensive coordinator Mike Stoops, on if the Sooners' got tougher before the Texas Tech win:
“They need to be. ... Ever since we've been here, it's been about our toughness. (Remaining opponents are) very complete teams; everybody we play, there isn't any real gimmes out there. You've gotta play and show up.”