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Oklahoma football: Bob Stoops says offensive woes not quarterback Blake Bell's fault

by Ryan Aber Published: November 8, 2013

“There was a couple of things that we wanted to try to take advantage of in the run game. I thought Trevor gave us an opportunity to do a couple of different things,” Heupel said. “Obviously it didn't work out as well as we wanted tonight.”

After the game, former Oklahoma quarterback Charles Thompson called into a local postgame show advocating that his son, third-string quarterback Kendal Thompson, get a chance to run the offense.

Thompson was hurt on the first day of practice and hasn't seen action this season.

Center Gabe Ikard didn't blame the loss on Bell but said the passing game has to improve.

“They give you what they give you and you've got to make it work, but our quarterbacks and our wide receivers didn't connect well enough to make them respect us throwing the ball deep,” Ikard said. “Overall, offensive line, running backs, wide receivers, quarterbacks, everybody out there on the offensive side of the football, we didn't play well enough to beat Baylor especially but beat anyone.”

The Bears dared Bell and the Sooners receivers to beat them and they didn't.

Oklahoma was just 4 of 17 on third downs and 3 for 11 on Bell pass calls. He once threw short of the first-down marker and was sacked on another.

“From the very beginning, I felt like the offense didn't get anything going,” Bell said. “Obviously, we didn't have any chemistry. It felt like something was going wrong for us out there. Overall, we were in the red zone how many times? We have to put points on the board. We have to get touchdowns.”

The Sooners scored just one touchdown and one field goal in three red-zone trips.

by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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