OU football notebook: Bob Stoops still expects Jordan Phillips to play

The sophomore defensive tackle missed the TCU game with an unspecified injury.
by Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey Published: October 9, 2013

In most years, at least in the Stoops and Mack Brown eras, tickets on the secondary market have been either hard to come by or very expensive.

This season, though, with Texas going into the game with a pair of losses and a questionable future for Brown, tickets — at least on the Texas side of the Cotton Bowl — can be had quite reasonably.

Stubhub.com, as of Wednesday afternoon, had 140 tickets available for less than $100. The cheapest tickets are just $75. Face value for the game is $110.

All of those seats are on the Texas side. Tickets on the Oklahoma side of the stadium are significantly more expensive. While there was a single ticket available for face value on the OU side, the cheapest pair was $130 and most tickets were $150 and above.

OU TAKING CARE OF THE BALL

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.”

QUOTABLE

Blake Bell, on his nerves before his first OU-Texas start:

“I have a little nerves before every game. People always say if you're not nervous, something's wrong.”

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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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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