One place Bell looked very uncomfortable was the pocket. He was sacked four times and both his interceptions came with pressure in his face. “When you’re throwing the ball off your back foot because you have pressure in your face, the ball’s gonna sail on you,” Bell said. “I just have to step into it and take a shot.”
One way to alleviate the pressure is to run the ball. OU didn’t seem to have of much of an interest in doing it early. After it fell behind in the third quarter, it wasn’t really an option.
Texas’ playbook was open in ways it hadn’t been in years. Quarterback Case McCoy only threw for 191 yards, but two went for game-changing touchdowns. He hit Marcus Johnson for a 59-yard touchdown to put the Longhorns up 17-3 midway through the second quarter. He followed with a 38-yard touchdown connection with Mike Davis late in the third quarter.
In between, Texas ran the ball and the Sooners struggled to do anything to stop it. Johnathan Gray finished with 123 yards and Malcolm Brown added 120.
“They just beat us up front. They got us physically. It starts up front. We’ve got to get a better push. That’s what stops the run game. We couldn’t make them one-dimensional. They kept running it,” OU linebacker Eric Striker said. “That’s the whole thing of a defense, make them one-dimensional and make them throw the ball.”
Texas’ defense put the Sooners in that situation late in the game. Early at least, OU got away from running the ball on its own.
Late in the first half, Roy Finch returned a kickoff 73 yards, leaving just another 27 yards to the end zone. OU ran five straight time and finally got in on Damien Williams’ 3-yard touchdown run. At that point, OU had run 28 offensive plays with only 16 being rushes. Bell didn’t have a single carry.