Oklahoma football notebook: Why Josh Heupel brought out Blake Bell on Bedlam's opening drive

The OU offensive coordinator talks about Blake Bell's appearance on a second-and-7 play in which the backup quarterback handed the ball off to Roy Finch.
by Stephanie Kuzydym Published: November 28, 2012

“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.”

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by Stephanie Kuzydym
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Stephanie Kuzydym learned at a young age that life is a game of inches. That's just one reason why she loves football. Kuzydym joined The Oklahoman in July 2012. Before arriving in the state, Kuzydym was an intern for the sports departments at...
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