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Oklahoma's offense protecting the ball with Blake Bell at quarterback

by Jason Kersey Published: October 9, 2013

Oklahoma quarterback Blake Bell hasn't thrown an interception in 104 pass attempts so far this season. PHOTO BY BRYAN TERRY, THE OKLAHOMAN
Oklahoma quarterback Blake Bell hasn't thrown an interception in 104 pass attempts so far this season. PHOTO BY BRYAN TERRY, THE OKLAHOMAN

NORMAN — Oklahoma has only one official turnover in its last three games, and that came when TCU surprised the Sooners with a third-quarter onside kick last weekend.

The Sooners’ offense has taken care of the football remarkably well since Blake Bell became the starting quarterback. Bell has thrown 104 pass attempts without an interception this season.

Dating back to last year, Bell’s 120 attempts without an interception ranks as the fifth-longest active streak in the nation.

“Our ball carriers have protected the ball and our quarterback has protected the ball,” said co-offensive coordinator Jay Norvell. “Blake has done a great job and that just comes from his experience, his competitiveness and he’s not afraid to tuck the ball and run it or throw it away. We have to continue that. It makes a huge difference.”

Norvell compared the TCU game, which OU won 20-17, to last year’s home loss to Kansas State. The Sooners lost that game in large part because of three critical turnovers.

“That’s a big credit to our kids understanding and protecting the football,” Norvell said. “It’s the same thing that happened to us last year. We were in a tight game and we turned it over and we got beat. We’ve learned from that, I think, and you have to really credit all over our skills players.”


by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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