Oklahoma backup quarterback Blake Bell made an early appearance in Saturday's Bedlam game.
When Bell came into the game, it was second-and-7 at OSU's 16-yard-line. It wasn't the typical situation for Oklahoma to use its Belldozer short-yardage package.
Then Bell handed the ball off to Roy Finch, who gained a yard. But on third-and-6, Landry Jones was back in at quarterback. He threw an incompletion and the opening drive ended in a missed field goal.
Sooner Nation went nuts, at least on Twitter. “What was Josh Heupel thinking?” was the common question.
Here's the answer.
“I jut felt like there was an opportunity for us to stick a run in there with a big-boy set,” said Heupel, OU's offensive coordinator, on Tuesday. “So it's a formation that we felt gave us an advantage and an opportunity to run the football and get into a manageable situation on third down and pick up a first down.”
FRUSTRATION FUELED STILLS' TOP 10 PLAY OF THE DAY
If OSU cornerback Justin Gilbert hadn't let a pass slip through his hands, OU receiver Kenny Stills would never have had SportsCenter's No. 1 Play of the Day.
The play came when Jones passed to Stills at the 3-yard line on the left side of the field. Gilbert looked like he was going to pick off the pass, but it went straight through his hands, hit Stills on his chest pads, popped into the air and eventually into Stills' hands as he fell into the end zone for the touchdown that tied it before halftime.
Stills said he was fueled by an earlier play.
“I was pretty frustrated since I dropped the first touchdown,” the junior wide receiver said. “I'm pretty hard on myself about dropping balls and dropping touchdowns.
“I just wanted to do everything I could to get in the end zone this time. (Gilbert) did a good job of playing defense. He could have had a pick but it went through his hands and I made the play.”
As for making SportsCenter's No. 1 play, Stills found out when he got some texts while he was out that night.
“That doesn't really change anything, I guess,” Stills said about the highlight. “Just helped us win.”
CLAY STILL ‘THE SAME OLD BRENNAN'
Brennan Clay started the season as OU's third-string running back, but he's a big part of why the Sooners went undefeated in November.
It started with his career performance at Iowa State, carried on into his run that helped set up Stills' touchdown in West Virginia and ended the month with his rush into the end zone in Bedlam's first overtime to give Oklahoma the win.
Stills said Clay's November performance just shows who he is, his “true character.”
“There are plenty of times he could have shut it down and said, 'Forget it' but he's still the hardest working guy in that group,” Stills said. “When his time came, he took advantage of it again like he did at Iowa State.
“I was just proud of him. I know he probably shed a few tears. It's good when you work hard and something like that comes to you.”
But despite all that, the Sooners will make sure that Clay stays grounded.
Stills said they joke and call him “Superstar.”
“He's the same old Brennan,” Stills said. “We always give the guys that do really well a hard time just to make sure they don't get a big head. We just let them know that in our minds he hasn't changed.”