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October 28, 2013

Sooner offense shows signs of life, dynamic attack

NORMAN — Only the Oklahoma coaching staff knows what it truly wanted the offense to be. It’s easy to believe the goal was something close to what the Sooners showed in the final three quarters of Saturday’s 38-30 victory over Texas Tech.

Rushing for 277 yards, passing for another 249, dominating time of possession by over nine minutes. Yeah, that is the kind of performance OU was looking for the first time it squared off against a prolific offensive team.

“When we can move the ball up the field like we did and those long plays and long chunks, that’s what you want as an offense; along with putting points on the board,” OU quarterback Blake Bell said.

It was what OU had to have Saturday. It’s what it will need again in 11 days. Next up is No. 5 Baylor (7-0, 4-0 Big 12) Nov. 7 at Floyd Casey Stadium in Waco, Texas.

It’s a game OU needs to have play out much like the victory over Texas Tech.

The game plan against the Red Raiders was simple: run the ball, throw it deep a couple times and play solid defense.

Outside of a slow offensive start in the first quarter. And two special teams miscues that led to two third-quarter touchdown drives by the Red Raiders, the game plan worked.

“On both sides of the ball we made some plays when we needed to have them,” OU coach Bob Stoops said. “In particular, the offense answering back and scoring, the way we rushed the football I’m really pleased with.”

Running the ball is a lone offensive element OU has been able to rely on all season. It’s been consistent throughout the first seven games.

The difference Saturday was the ability to pick up big chunks in the passing game. Bell’s 249 passing yards came on just 14 completions. He averaged 17.78 per completion against the Red Raiders. Receiver Jalen Saunders, who caught two touchdown passes, averaged 25.5 yards per catch.

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