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October 15, 2013

Stoops not looking into making quarterback change

NORMAN — Who will Oklahoma’s quarterback be when it faces Kansas Saturday?

Apparently, the job still belongs to Blake Bell.

“That’s not something we’re looking to do,” OU coach Bob Stoops said Monday when asked if the Sooners were ready to make a change after Bell struggled in the 36-20 loss to Texas.

Bell threw for just 133 yards, completed 12 of 26 passes and threw his first two interceptions of the season against the Longhorns.

Statistically, he had a worse game than redshirt Trevor Knight did in OU’s 16-7 victory over West Virginia Sept. 7. Knight was replaced in the fourth quarter by Bell in that game, and Bell has been the starter ever since.

Stoops believes Bell’s play in his first three starts are enough to keep him at starter after one bad game.

“Everything we’ve seen the last two or three games and the way he’s practiced. And realizing it isn’t all on him,” he said about the rationale to keep Bell at the starter. “It doesn’t matter who the quarterback is: if guys aren’t open, if guys aren’t going to look for the hot read, if guys are gonna protect him, they’re not gonna have a lot success either.”

Run it more: The Sooners rushed for 130 yards against Texas. Stoops praised the running backs for their effort. With the exception of Bell, every running back and receiver that had a carry averaged at least 4.6 yards per carry.

Bell was sacked four times, finishing the day with minus-27 rushing yards.

“I thought we ran the football really well. When you take away sacks, I think it’s 5.8 per rush,” Stoops said. “The running backs really did well, and the running game, that part of it, was really solid.”

Bad on tape: Stoops said the film review of the 36-20 loss to Texas did not reveal anything unexpected.

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