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

by Ryan Aber Published: November 8, 2013

After his team was battered 41-12 by Baylor on Thursday night, Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops sat down and tried to explain what happened.

He didn't have a lot of answers.

The coaching staff will evaluate things in the coming days, he said. There could be changes.

Quarterback won't be one of them.

“It's not his fault,” Stoops said of Sooners quarterback Blake Bell. “Blake's not a guy we're looking to change.”

Bell hasn't been the model of consistency this season.

He was excellent against Tulsa, at Notre Dame and close to that against Texas Tech.

He was less than stellar against TCU, Texas and again against Baylor.

Bell completed 15 of his 35 passes against the Bears, throwing for a touchdown and a pair of interceptions.

“We were just off a little bit,” Bell said. “The play clock kept running down and we had a couple delay of games, penalty here and a penalty there. I'd miss a throw or throw an interception or we'd have a drop. Something was just going wrong.”

Although Bell is the guy moving forward, Sooners coaches showed a willingness to do some different things at time.

On the second drive of the game, redshirt freshman Trevor Knight came in to start the series and ran the zone read, rushing for 9 yards, getting stopped for no gain on second down and giving way to the Belldozer formation on third down. Bell was stopped for a loss for another three-and-out.

Knight wound up carrying the ball five times, finishing with 17 yards.

Co-offensive coordinator Josh Heupel said the package using Knight wasn't an indication of what the offense would be in the future but a grouping specific to Baylor.

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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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