The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

October 14, 2012

Belldozer passes OU-Texas test

By Bruce Campbell, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

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.



AP POLL



By The Associated Press

The Top 25 teams in The Associated Press college football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Oct. 13, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote, and previous ranking:

    Record    Pts    Pv

 1. Alabama (60)    6-0    1,500    1

 2. Oregon    6-0    1,436    2

 3. Florida    6-0    1,361    4

 4. Kansas St.    6-0    1,296    6

 5. Notre Dame    6-0    1,283    7

 6. LSU    6-1    1,153    9

 7. Ohio St.    7-0    1,071    8

 8. Oregon St.    5-0    1,050    10

 9. South Carolina    6-1    1,042    3

10. Oklahoma    4-1    994    13

11. Southern Cal    5-1    874    11

12. Florida St.    6-1    836    12

13. Georgia    5-1    753    14

14. Clemson    5-1    673    16

15. Mississippi St.    6-0    591    19

16. Louisville    6-0    574    18

17. West Virginia    5-1    552    5

18. Texas Tech    5-1    444    NR

19. Rutgers    6-0    405    20

20. Texas A&M    5-1    379    22

21. Cincinnati    5-0    294    21

22. Stanford    4-2    242    17

23. Michigan    4-2    177    25

24. Boise St.    5-1    133    24

25. Ohio    7-0    104    NR



Others receiving votes: Arizona St. 92, TCU 88, Louisiana Tech 38, Texas 25, NC State 11, Northwestern 6, Washington 6, Wisconsin 6, Nebraska 4, North Carolina 2, Tulsa 2, Arizona 1, Iowa St. 1, Penn St. 1.



USA TODAY POLL



The USA Today Top 25 football coaches poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Oct. 13, total points based on 25 points for first place through one point for 25th, and previous ranking:

    Record    Pts    Pvs

 1. Alabama (59)    6-0    1,475    1

 2. Oregon    6-0    1,414    2

 3. Kansas St.    6-0    1,307    5

 4. Florida    6-0    1,297    6

 5. Notre Dame    6-0    1,251    7

 6. LSU    6-1    1,179    8

 7. Oklahoma    4-1    1,021    10

 8. South Carolina    6-1    1,012    3

 9. Southern Cal    5-1    995    9

10. Florida St.    6-1    919    11

11. Oregon St.    5-0    839    14

12. Georgia    5-1    806    12

13. Clemson    5-1    741    13

14. Louisville    6-0    695    16

15. West Virginia    5-1    677    4

16. Mississippi St.    6-0    671    18

17. Rutgers    6-0    495    19

18. Cincinnati    5-0    456    20

19. Texas A&M    5-1    397    21

20. Texas Tech    5-1    274    NR

21. TCU    5-1    272    23

22. Boise St.    5-1    271    22

23. Stanford    4-2    215    17

24. Arizona St.    5-1    133    NR

25. Michigan    4-2    96    NR



Others receiving votes: Northwestern 77, Ohio 54, Texas 54, Louisiana Tech 24, Wisconsin 16, Nebraska 10, Nevada 7, Oklahoma State 6, Western Kentucky 6, Iowa State 5, Louisiana-Monroe 2, Northern Illinois 2, Toledo 2, Tulsa 1, UCLA 1.



HARRIS POLL



The Top 25 teams in the Harris Interactive College Football Poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Oct. 13, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and previous ranking:

    Record    Pts    Pvs

 1. Alabama (110)    6-0    2,870    1

 2. Oregon (5)    6-0    2,758    2

 3. Florida    6-0    2,554    6

 4. Kansas State    6-0    2,538    5

 5. Notre Dame    6-0    2,427    7

 6. LSU    6-1    2,263    8

 7. South Carolina    6-1    1,992    3

 8. Florida State    6-1    1,898    9

 9. Oklahoma    4-1    1,860    13

10. Oregon State    5-0    1,850    12

11. Southern Cal    5-1    1,820    10

12. Georgia    5-1    1,574    11

13. Clemson    5-1    1,437    14

14. Mississippi State    6-0    1,348    17

15. West Virginia    5-1    1,291    4

16. Louisville    6-0    1,228    18

17. Rutgers    6-0    947    19

18. Cincinnati    5-0    793    20

19. Texas A&M    5-1    674    23

20. Stanford    4-2    634    16

21. Texas Tech    5-1    534    —

22. TCU    5-1    514    21

23. Boise State    5-1    488    22

24. Arizona State    5-1    225    —

25. Texas    4-2    188    15



Others receiving votes: Michigan 172, Ohio 153, Northwestern 95, Louisiana Tech 81, Wisconsin 27, Iowa State 24, Nebraska 24, Michigan State 21, Oklahoma State 19, N.C. State 18, Western Kentucky 11, Tulsa 10, UCLA 5, Nevada 4, Baylor 3, Louisiana-Monroe 1, Virginia Tech 1, Washington 1.