NORMAN — Blake Bell waited and waited to get his shot.
Three times in the first three quarters of Saturday's 42-34 win over Baylor, Bell trotted onto the field to lead the Belldozer.
Each time, though, a penalty sent him off without having run a play.
“After sitting over there for a couple quarters, you want to take advantage when you're out there,” Bell said.
Bell did, taking his first carry 55 yards for a touchdown to put the Sooners ahead by 16 points in the opening minute of the fourth.
Baylor coach Art Briles compared the run to John Riggins' 43-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl XVII that put the Redskins ahead and boosted them to a win.
“That was third-and-a-yard and his (Riggins') was fourth-and-a-yard,” Briles said. “But when those situations happen everyone condenses up the line of scrimmage and if you ever break the line of scrimmage because of the coverage on the outside, you've got a chance to go the distance.”
Bell could hardly believe the space he had on the run.
“After sitting over there for a couple quarters trying to stay loose and you bust out on one, it feels kind of weird,” Bell said. “All of a sudden you think someone is going to get you.”
The run was the longest by a Sooners quarterback since Patrick Fletcher's 58-yard run in 1998.
On the next drive, Bell got another rare chance for him.
After picking up a first down on a third-and-short try, Sooners coach Bob Stoops left Bell on the field for first down.
Bell wound up gaining eight yards on first down and six on the next.
He stayed on the field for four consecutive plays before Jones returned.
“It wasn't planned of anything,” Bell said. “I got that first and they just waved me to stay out there. It was nice to run the clock down a little bit on that drive.”