Here are five things we learned from the Sooners big win.
1. Blake Bell Can Throw
Bell was the No. 2 rated pro style quarterback prospect coming out of high school and went 27-of-37 for 413 yards and four touchdowns. His 413 yards are the most yards ever by a Sooner quarterback in their first collegiate start. Bell was accurate at mid-range but did struggle with down field passes.Following the victory head coach Bob Stoops named Bell the starter against ND.
2. The Backfield Is Crowded
Tulsa stacked the box up front, daring Bell to beat them with his arm and he did. When the Sooners did run the ball they had a carousel of backs taking the carries. Senior Damien Williams did not see the field due to off field issues giving two seniors Brennan Clay and Roy Finch more carries along with true freshman Keith Ford. Finch and Williams look to take the majority of carries while Clay and Ford can come to lighten the load.
3. Sterling Sheppard Is Improving
Sophomore Sterling Sheppard played with a heavy heart as OU honored the memory of his father Derrick Sheppard. Sterling averaged 15.4 yards per catch with eight receptions for 123 total yards and two touchdowns. In the previous two games, he recorded just three receptions for 23 yards.
4. Freshman on Defense
5. No tight ends
Bell may have developing wide receivers to throw to but Stoops is not giving him a tight end. Instead Stoops has senior fullback Trey Millard out on the field for blocking on the run game and dump passes across the middle. Millard had three carries for seven yards and two receptions for -1 yard against Tulsa. With the crowded backfield Millard wont see many touches.