NCAA Game Summary - Tulsa at Oklahoma|
(Saturday, September 14th)
Final Score: (14) Oklahoma 51, Tulsa 20
Norman, OK (Sports Network) - Blake Bell, in his first career start, passed
for 413 yards and four touchdowns Saturday to lead No. 14 Oklahoma to a 51-20
win over Tulsa.
The Sooners (3-0) had rushed for more than 300 yards in both of their first
two games but their passing attack had barely gotten off the ground until Bell
The junior was 27-for-37 without an interception and had touchdown passes of
29 yards to Roy Finch and 35 yards to Sterling Shepard.
Bell was on the field plenty as a rusher during his first two seasons with the
Sooners, running for 24 touchdowns, but his passing ability was well-known to
"I always knew he could throw," said Jaz Reynolds, who had four catches for
109 yards. "A lot of fans didn't know because all he did was run the ball the
first two years, but we always knew he could do it."
Shepard caught eight passes for 123 yards and two touchdowns.
"Everybody in the country recruited [Bell] and they recruited him as a passing
quarterback. We've said that around here for a long time," said Oklahoma co-
offensive coordinator Josh Heupel. "The package that he played in the past
couple of years limited your exposure to what he was capable of.
"Sometimes because Landry Jones was a pretty dang good quarterback, third in
the history of the NCAA in passing, it's tough to put your backup quarterback
in the game to throw the ball. [Bell's] capable of it. He needs to continue to
get better in some of the things that were deficient today, but we always
believed he could throw the football."
Cody Green was 17-of-33 for 226 yards with an interception for Tulsa (1-2).
Oklahoma is 3-0 going into a particularly tough stretch of the season, which
will begin after an off week. The Sooners will play at Notre Dame, at home
against TCU and in Dallas against Texas.
The Sooners scored on their first five drives of the game and were 12-of-16 on
third-down conversions in the game.
"We couldn't get off the field," said Tulsa coach Bill Blankenship. "I think
Oklahoma exposed our youthfulness in the secondary and took advantage of that.
They actually handled it really well. I think Blake Bell did a good job
getting the ball to the underneath receivers and then hit us over the top as
"I think any defense and offense understands that winning third downs is big.
It is incredibly frustrating to not only give up third downs, but to give up
touchdowns on those third down conversions, no question."
Brennan Clay rushed for a four-yard touchdown on the game's first drive to
give Oklahoma the lead, and the Sooners would never let go of it. On their
next possession, Mike Hunnicutt's 20-yard field goal made it 10-0.
Trey Watts' two-yard touchdown run got Tulsa within 10-7 near the end of the
first quarter, but Bell hit Shepard for a three-yard touchdown pass on the
first drive of the second to extend the lead back to 10.
Safety Gabe Lynn's interception and 31-yard return set up Bell's 29-yard
hookup with Finch
Hunnicutt's 30-yard field goal made Oklahoma 5-for-5 on scoring drives for a
The first half ended during the sixth Sooners drive, but they took a 27-point
lead after Bell hit Shepard for a 35-yard touchdown to start the third
After Carl Salazar kicked a 26-yard field goal for Tulsa to make it 34-10, the
Sooners punted for the first time. Salazar then kicked a 21-yarder before
Hunnicutt made a 36-yarder for Oklahoma to start the fourth quarter.
The teams combined for 24 points in the fourth. Ja'Terian Douglas had a six-
yard touchdown run for Tulsa, Bell threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Jalen
Saunders and Keith Ford ran it in from three yards for the Sooners to make it
Finch led all players with 68 yards rushing ... Watts rushed for 60 yards for
Tulsa, which fell to 3-12-1 at Oklahoma ... Oklahoma racked up 607 yards of
total offense to 321 for Tulsa.
09/14 17:13:09 ET