The Sooners (3-0) appeared to have fun. The prolific offense they’re used to having re-emerged. They piled 607 yards and amassed a 27-7 halftime lead by scoring on their first five offensive possessions (three touchdowns and two Michael Hunnicutt field goals.)
It continued throughout the second half. OU didn’t have a turnover and only punted once. The Sooners even rushed for 194 yards with running back Roy Finch, Clay and freshman Keith Ford combining for 163 yards.
Tulsa running back Trey Watts, who is the son of former OU quarterback J.C. Watts, rush for 60 yards and had five catches for 65 for 65. His 2-yard touchdown run late in the first quarter hinted the Sooners might have a hard time Saturday.
The Golden Hurricane, however, couldn’t keep pace. Bell and the Sooner offense were too good.
The game is going to be remembered as Bell’s coming out party. There’s a very tiny fraternity which could say its first start went as well as Bell’s. The group thins when you consider Bell spent the season’s first two week at No. 2 on the depth chart.
He wasn’t thinking about that Saturday.
“There’s been some ups and downs. Not getting to start, you know, everyone just said you’ve gotta be ready and that’s what I did,” he said. “I put my head down and went to work because you never know what’s gonna happen, and prepared every day like I could go in there at any time.”
Because of the way he played Saturday, he won’t be leaving any time soon.
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