After much inquiry encompassing the offensive identity of the Oklahoma Sooners at the start of the season, the Sooners offense showed last Saturday in their matchup with Tulsa that there are a lot of strengths to build upon moving forward.
Blake Bell took the offensive reins at quarterback, replacing injured Trevor Knight; in doing so, Bell managed to rack up impressive statistics from a historical standpoint, throwing for more yards than any other Sooner QB in their first career start.
“That’s pretty obvious,” Stoops said. “So much for your controversy … you can’t deny what he just went out there and did.”
According to ESPN.com, Bell went 27-of-37, passing for 413 yards and four touchdowns.
Quite impressive, but will Bell's success continue?
Bell was able to showcase his rushing ability last season for the Sooners by coming in during short-yardage situations and accounting for 11 touchdowns on the ground.
Despite finding a decent amount of playing time last season, Bell did not get many opportunities to throw the football, which left a huge question mark on his throwing ability coming into this season.
But one thing we learned of Bell last Saturday was that he is not only an exceptional runner, but a highly accurate passer as well.
Bell's passes were crisp, accurate and well timed to receivers, which is certainly a good sign for the Sooners' passing game moving forward.
Other than great passing, another thing Bell has going for him is his backfield weaponry.
The Sooners' rushing game has been solid through the first three weeks of the season, combining for 815 yards, three touchdowns and an average pickup of 5.4 yards per play.
The depth at the running back position for the Sooners is the secret to their success. Brennan Clay, Damien Williams, Roy Finch and Keith Ford split time at running back, posing great threats with fresh legs to opposing defenses.
The Sooners' running game proved to be the difference in their Week 2 matchup with West Virginia as they relied on the legs of Clay and Williams to wrap up the closely contested game. With Knight struggling at QB, Clay and Williams carried the offensive weight with a combined 265 yards on 43 carries.
With that said, the Sooners offense is certainly capable of moving up and down the football field with ease against Big 12 foes. Unlike the SEC, Big 12 teams have not been built around exceptional defense.
According to Yahoo! Sports, Big 12 teams gave up 420 yards per game last season, which certainly is not ideal.
A combined rushing and passing attack from the Sooners will prove to be a lot to handle for opposing Big 12 defenses. If Bell continues to shine at QB as he did last Saturday and the running game continues to impress as it has all season, then the Sooners will undoubtedly be the team to beat in the Big 12.
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