NORMAN — With Saturday’s 42-34 victory over Baylor, Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops surpassed legendary coach Bud Wilkinson (145-29-4) as the second winningest coach in the program’s history.
“What Coach Wilkinson and what he did here is absolutely amazing. The win streak is really just incredible. I don’t believe it will ever be touched again. The national championships, the sustained success for so long,” Stoops said. “Again, I don’t look at numbers to be honest with you; it’s just not me. I’m a long way from sitting in a rocking chair and reflecting on it.”
The victory lifted Stoops’ all-time record to 146-36. Barry Switzer remains OU’s winningest coach at 157-29-4.
Slow start: Blake Bell rushed 74 yards on five carries and put the game away with a 55-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter.
All five of Bell’s carries came in the fourth quarter. The first three times he entered the game, ended with penalties.
“The first one, they had 12 or 13 guys on the field, so if you’re getting a first down you’re not too mad, you’re just going to get off and know you’ll get another opportunity,” Bell said. “(Center) Ty Darlington got a little antsy on one. That happens, but we end up getting the first down. The next one I kind of ran off thinking, kind of laughing to myself ‘Well, maybe we’re not going to get out here today.’ It was funny.”
In two career games, Bell has now rushed for five touchdowns on nine carries against the Bears.
Pregame bluff: OU center Gabe Ikard was in full uniform for warm ups, but was in street clothes for the opening coin toss. Stoops said that was because OU didn’t want to divulge he was out until as late as possible.