When Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Blake Bell lost his starting job in the preseason many felt it was only a matter of time before he won it back. Last week Bell replaced Trevor Knight to raucous applause against West Virginia. Knight, still feeling the effects of a bruised knee suffered against West Virginia made Bob Stoops’ decision easy this week.
Bell responded with four touchdown passes, 413 yards passing and completing 27 of 37 attempts in a 51-20 win and should have a solid hold on the starting job moving forward when Oklahoma takes on Notre Dame in two weeks after a bye. Notre Dame, currently ranked 21st in the nation, beat the Sooners on their home turf last year and Oklahoma will be looking for a little revenge.
Stoops has already said that he will go with Bell as his starting quarterback ending the quarterback controversy in Norman, Oklahoma, at least for now. There was no way Stoops could go back to Knight after he struggled against Louisiana-Monroe and West Virginia, two teams that shouldn’t have posed as big of a problem for the Sooners as they did. Now, that is all in the rearview and Oklahoma is 3-0 for the third time in four years and now looking like a team that could enter the Bowl season undefeated at this point.
Bell, who was previously used as a short-yardage rushing specialist while Landry Jones was under center, set the Oklahoma record for most passing yards in school history by a quarterback making his first start with 413. He probably won’t surpass that next week against the Fighting Irish but at least it looks like Stoops and Oklahoma have found their quarterback.