“I just went in there and played ball,” Bell said.
He said he “actually felt very calm” as he took the field against the Golden Hurricane.
How’s that even possible?
He said he couldn’t wait to watch himself and be critiqued as soon as today and Monday, because he can’t wait to get better on the way to South Bend, Ind., where OU visits Notre Dame Sept. 28.
A few of those missteps were balls Bell tried to put a little air under, throws he put way too much air under.
Then there’s this:
Bell never even approached throwing an interception and even the guy he backed up for two years, Landry Jones, couldn’t often say that.
Noon Monday, Stoops meets the media as always, and because the Sooners have no game this week, it may only be him. But expect Bell to become a regular in front of the media gauntlet.
It suits him.
Bell delivered all the throws he was supposed to make and plenty of throws that required something like perfection to complete, the kinds of throws Trevor Knight couldn’t put in the right zip code.
He foreshadowed the rest of his day on OU’s first drive, when he found Sterling Shepard with a deft toss for nine yards facing third-and-6 at the Sooner 44, before scrambling to a first down facing third-and-10 with nobody open to set the offense up inside the Tulsa 20.
Bell played like he’d been there before. He had, of course, sort of, only nothing like this.
Before he left his turn in the post game media round, offensive coordinator Josh Heupel, who sure seemed to like having a quarterback who could complete a pass for a change, was asked about Jaz Reynolds, the Sooner receiver with the checkered past who missed all of last season, but caught four balls Saturday for 109 yards.