But what about the two sacks on backup quarterback Blake Bell? Not much point to run the Belldozer when Bell couldn't even get to third-and-short because he lost yards when teammates missed their blocks.
Yes, by the time Bell was in, a lot of the backups were playing, but when does coach Bob Stoops say enough is enough? The backups can't take that much of a drop-off — or can they? After all, the lack of o-line experience has already proven itself early in the season.
Yet Josh Heupel, Oklahoma's co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, talked about the quarterback understanding protection and throwing the ball away.
Offensive lineman Adam Shead said he wasn't concerned with anything major from the line. But, Shead stated that as for the sacks, everybody needs to “get on the same page.”
For center Ikard, that page includes the stats line for sacks. Ikard does not want to see that number inflate drastically in the coming games.
“There's no excuse us giving up that many hits on the quarterback in two games,” Ikard said. “That's just inexcusable.”