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October 10, 2013

Phillips’ status still uncertain

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NORMAN —

Even Heupel gets excited: OU offensive coordinator Josh Heupel is typically reserved when asked to describe anything. However, when the subject of the Red River Rivalry experience came up, he didn’t hold back.

He still remembers the shock to the system he felt as the Sooners quarterback in 1999.

“I’m sure it’s the same way down there (Texas), but when you come here it’s all the players talk about when you’re being recruited,” he said. “You’re like, OK. But it surpasses what they talk about. It’s a special game.”

Heupel had a 1-1 record as OU’s quarterback against Texas. But Saturday’s game will mark his ninth year as an assistant coach in the game. To him, the OU-Texas experience never gets old.

“This is one of the most special events in college football. The atmosphere outside of the Cotton Bowl in State Fair Park and the atmosphere inside is electric,” he said. “It’s fun. You’ll remember it.”

Always nervous: OU quarterback Blake Bell will make his first career start against Texas on Saturday. But, he has plenty of experience in the Red River Rivalry. Last year, Bell scored four touchdowns in the game.

Still, Bell expects to experience some anxiety Saturday morning.

“I have a little nerves before every game. People always say if you’re not nervous, something’s wrong,” Bell said. “It’s just another game, another game of preparation, going out there and doing the best I can executing, taking care of the ball, stuff like that.”

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