NORMAN — Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops scoffed two weeks ago at the suggestion that struggles in his new offensive system might require rethinking some things.
“I can’t remember … where we’ve ever scrapped the whole thing after game one,” Stoops said a few days after the season opener.
OU coaches didn’t toss their option plays altogether, but quarterback Blake Bell looked much more like Landry Jones than he did Trevor Knight in Saturday’s 51-20 rout of Tulsa on Owen Field.
Bell, making his first career start, completed 27 of 37 passes for 413 yards and four touchdowns against the Golden Hurricane defense. In its first two games this season, Oklahoma averaged more than 300 rushing yards per game as Knight and the Sooner receivers struggled to be effective.
Knight completed less than half his pass attempts with three interceptions and only 205 passing yards against Louisiana-Monroe and West Virginia.
Stoops and co-offensive coordinator Josh Heupel insisted after the game there hadn’t been any fundamental shift in play-calling philosophy.
“What are you complaining about?” Stoops asked. “We had 600 yards, 51 points and no turnovers, ate up the clock. What did we do wrong? What do you want to see?
“We’re gonna mix. We’ll choose what we run according to what defenses are out there and what personnel we have.”
The Sooners (3-0, 1-0 Big 12) are off next weekend before a Sept. 28 trip to Notre Dame, which boasts a tough, unyielding run defense that completely stuffed Oklahoma’s run game a year ago in Norman.
The Sooners managed only 15 rushing yards on 24 attempts in last October’s 30-13 loss to the Irish.