The Crimson Tide struggled to contain Auburn's zone-read offense in their Iron Bowl loss to the Tigers.
But Bell gave OU coaches plenty to think about by leading the Sooners on an eight-play, 66-yard drive in just 1:27 to beat OSU.
“We got hot throwing it on them toward the end, because we were in a situation where we had to, and we did it well,” Stoops said. “It's hard to say. Was that an advantage? I don't know that. They probably hadn't worked as much of that, from the way we had played a couple weeks before.”
Ikard, Bell's roommate, said the team would be behind whichever quarterback started. Ikard said Bell's confidence was at a high point going into the bowl game.
“Obviously with that drive — that throw — I'm sure he's extremely confident right now and he should be,” Ikard said. “To come in and do that on the last drive was impressive and definitely made our season. But they'll keep battling at quarterback. It's just how they've done it all season.”
Stoops said Bell's demeanor on the sideline before the game-winning drive inspired confidence in his teammates.
“I was half-smiling on the sideline watching him,” Stoops said. “I said, ‘Look at him, he can't wait to go.' He gets out there and is fantastic.”