Oklahoma football: Sooners' quarterback Blake Bell says he's 'going in the right direction'

by Ryan Aber Published: October 19, 2013

Two plays later, he picked up a blitz and quickly hit Jaz Reynolds for a 16-yard touchdown to get Oklahoma on the board and turn the tide the Sooners' way.

Bell said that drive was the best he's thrown all year.

“We've been working on stuff like that all week and just working with those guys after practice to get that stuff down.

“When we do stuff like that, execute like that, that's how we can run the offense.”

The pass to Reynolds was Bell's first touchdown pass since the win at Notre Dame in late September.

He finished Saturday 15 of 25 with a pair of touchdowns and one interception.

“When things aren't there, he tends to want to hold it and make something happen and at time, I think, ‘Hey, we've just gotta let it go and live to fight another set of downs,'” Bob Stoops said. “But overall, I thought it was pretty good.”

He also ran for 53 yards after losing 27 yards with the help of four sacks against Texas.

“I always have a great time running the football, especially running the ball downhill and staying ahead of the chains is always good for the offense,” Bell said.

The Sooners still want more from the quarterback spot though. Bell was 3 for 7 on converting third downs with his arm, though two of the missed conversions came with more than 20 yards to go.

“He's capable of playing better than he did today,” OU co-offensive coordinator Josh Heupel said. “At times he played really well and at other times, he could play better, especially in some of those have-to pass situations.”

by Ryan Aber
Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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