Oklahoma got its third win of the young 2013 season and quarterback Blake Bell’s strong play was the catalyst and his play inspired the whole team to a strong win and an early 3-0 record. Besides the strong quarterback play, OU’s swarming defense was on tap and except for one big play the Sooner defense kept Tulsa in check.
Behind Bell the Sooners amassed over 400 yards passing and no interceptions. The running game almost exceeded the 200 yard mark and continues to help open the passing game. But, the stark difference this week was the proficiency of the passing game and the potential of the Sooner offense will Bell as it’s leader. He is a better passer than many thought and more importantly his decision-making is right-on. Coach Stoops has already named Bell the starting quarterback for the Notre Dame Game and barring a horrid performance should be the starter for foreseeable future.
Finally, the main question for the Sooners as they head into a bye week and then the Notre Dame game the following week is will they be able to find enough offensive balance and defensiveness tenacity to bring home a win from South Bend. Notre Dame was able to pull out a tough win against a vastly improved Boilermaker’s squad and goes into the Sooner match-up with some momentum and confidence, so a win in South bend will be quite a feat. But , the Sooners have the horses, it will just come down to Bell having a great game and the defense rising to the occasion. Regardless, it will be a monumental game with the victor exiting that game with a great deal of momentum and national presence. It may be the most important game of the season regarding any national title aspirations for either team.
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