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November 12, 2013

Sooner offense struggling to find consistent success

NORMAN — If you coach or play at Oklahoma, you’re afforded a certain bubble. It’s an area where you can ignore what’s being written and said about the program.

Sooner offensive coordinator Josh Heupel doesn’t venture outside of it very much, but he does understand why his seat is getting hotter.

The offense doesn’t seem to be progressing and neither does the quarterback position. At least, that was the case in last Thursday’s 41-12 loss to Baylor.

“Everybody in this program is disappointed when you don’t go out and perform the way you are capable of,” Heupel said Tuesday night. “Obviously last week was a big game and you want to perform well. For us, at the end of the day, it’s disappointing. It hurts. You come back to work on Monday and it’s a new week. We are only as good as our next performance. That’s how we live every week.”

But what exactly are the Sooners working on?

The offensive problems against Baylor were not specific to that game. The Sooners have scored just 13 offensive touchdowns in six Big 12 Conference games and been held to two or less in four of the six.

Heupel harped on the inconsistency of the offensive unit Tuesday. For the most part, OU’s been able to run the ball well. It enters Saturday’s home finale against Iowa State averaging 5.0 yards per carry.

But throwing the ball has been a mixed bag that yielded few positives last week against the Bears. Quarterback Blake Bell was just 15 of 35 last Thursday and has only completed 60.4 percent of his passes this season. The Sooners are only averaging 7.06 yards on Bell’s passing attempts.

Many are wondering if the time has arrived to make some serious changes to the offense in terms of the quarterback and play caller.

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