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October 14, 2012

Belldozer passes OU-Texas test

DALLAS — The “Belldozer’’ passed the OU-Texas test Saturday in the Sooners’ 63-21 rout of the Longhorns at the Cotton Bowl.

Sophomore backup quarterback Blake Bell scored four touchdowns — just one short of Quentin Griffin’s series record — in the special short yardage formation.

All were scored in a first half where OU had raced out to a 46-8 lead and had a 407-65 advantage in total offense.

Bell was treated like a celebrity in the interview room following the game, even taking a phone call on a Yahoo.com network for national audience.

“You never think you’re going to score four touchdowns,’’ Bell said. “That’s a lot. When coach (Bob Stoops) puts me in there, I’m going to do my best to do my job. That’s what the coaches were talking about all week. If everyone does their job, we’ll be fine.’’

OU was more than fine on a day where the Sooners were over 300 yards in both rushing (343) and passing (334). The 677 yards in total offense was the most OU ever had against Texas.

“I really can’t explain it if you haven’t done it, but I think the guys did a good job of staying calm before the game and not getting too rattled up and wasting a lot of energy,’’ Bell said. “We came out on fire offensively and defensively.’’

The Belldozer wasn’t enacted until after last year’s Texas game. Bell admittedly was nervous.

“I got the pregame jitters, but just coming out into an atmosphere like that, it’s not hard to get fired up and get in the end zone like that,’’ he said. “The offensive line did a great job in getting the ball inside the 10. When I get an opportunity to get in there, I’m going to do my best to get in the end zone.’’

He said starter Landry Jones desired most of the credit for getting the ball inside the 10 and opening up opportunities for his backup. Bell scored three times on runs of one yard and once from the eight.

“Everything was going our way,’’ he said. “The offensive line, Landry, the running backs, the receivers ... everyone was on the same page. I always try to give Landry all the credit. He’s getting the ball down there.’’

Bell especially felt the chemistry Saturday.

“When I do score, I try to get everyone fired up and the mojo going,’’ Bell said. “When you punch it in, it’s always a good feeling.

“We had a few guys banged up in the line, but they were doing a great job of protecting Landry and myself. In the (Belldozer) package, Trey Millard and Rip (Aaron Ripkowski) were laying guys out. I just got to walk in sometimes.

“Coach (offensive coordinator Josh) Heupel does a great job on making checkoffs. On that last drive (of first half) we had some guys who hadn’t play that much before, but we got it in.’’

Jones praised Bell as well.

“He did a great job,’’ he said. “That package is tough to play against.’’

OU revealed a few more items in the Belldozer package Saturday. Bell, on OU’s first scoring drive, came in to run five yards on a draw play on a third-and-one. He stayed in on first down to rush for two yards.

“We were going to see if we could catch them off- guard,’’ Bell said.

Bell even got to throw the ball some after coming in the fourth quarter. He was one of two for 13 yards. Bell directed the last touchdown drive, capped by a one-yard run by Brennan Clay.

“I wanted Brennan to get that touchdown,’’ Bell said. “We were in a different formation. We did a good job to get down there.’’

Bell has scored seven touchdowns this season. He scored a freshman quarterback record 13 touchdowns last season.

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