Bell or Knight?

Sooners have a real QB controversy now in Norman

9/8/13 in NCAAF   |   andrewgilman   |   20 respect

Sep 7, 2013; Norman, OK, USA; Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Blake Bell (10) scrambles in the fourth quarter against the West Virginia Mountaineers at Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. The Oklahoma Sooners beat the West Virginia Mountaineers 16-7. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
NORMAN, Okla. - Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops was quick to point out he was not going to point out anything.
Shortly after the Sooners wrapped up a 16-7 victory over West Virginia where Stoops replaced freshman Trevor Knight at quarterback early in the fourth quarter with junior Blake Bell, Stoops took to the offensive about his offense.
"I'm not going to go to deal much of it, but at the end of the day this was a tight competition and I just feel that it wasn't as good as we nee
ded to be in the throwing game, so we gave him his chance."
Knight won the starting job over the experienced Bell in mid-August, but he has yet to show glimpses of the kind of thrower coaches said he could be.
Knight was 11-of-28 against ULM and was 10-of-20 against West Virginia, but got off to another really slow start and then wound up with a pair of crushing redzone interceptions in the third quarter, including one in the endzone.
Knight went one-of-five in the second half wit ha pair of interceptions.
"I'm not going to say," Stoops said of who the starting quarterback will be Saturday when the Sooners play Tulsa. "There's a chance at everything."
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t into the season with Stoops saying OU would not be featuring it's short-yardage, "Belldozer" alignment on regular occasion. Bell, who thrived the past two years running the ball in goal-line situations, has 24 career touchdowns. He didn't play in any short-yardage situations against ULM in the first game of the year and didn't play until replacing Knight early in the fourth quarter against West Virginia.
"We needed something to give us a little bit of spark," co-offensive coordinator Josh Heupel said of why the team decided to go with Bell.
Bell led OU to a field goal on his initial drive. He also led OU into field goal range again in the fourth quarter, but Michael Hunnicutt's 35-yarder hit the upright.
"It ought to be easier than it's been," Stoops said. "And even some of our some of our execution needs to be better. I believe we'll make that improvement."
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