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OU offense has been slow to start
NORMAN, Okla. - When you get shutout in the first quarter against Kansas, questions start to come up.
When you can only manage 13 offensive points in the first quarter of the past four games, people start to question what's going on.
When you have a quarterback who has been good and been bad, there's a lot of concern.
This is Oklahoma football – a team that's 6-1, ranked No. 18 that no one thinks is very good.
"I think the bottom line, whether you win pretty or win ugly or you got great stats or not, it's to do the things you have to do to beat that opponent that day," said offensive coordinator Jay Norvell. "That’s the way this football team is going to be. We kinda felt that way in the spring. We've just got to find ways to win. We've got to find ways to protect the ball. We've done that at times and then there's times where we've been inconsistent."
This is not the Oklahoma team that put up prolific points and yards under quarterbacks Sam Bradford and Landry Jones. No, now it's Blake Bell and an offense that has very little identity.
"I think consistently we need more guys to step it up in those tough situations to help get us out of them," Norvell said. "I think that's part of our identity as an offense is that we're still really trying to find that.
Since winning at Notre Dame, OU and Bell have not been very good on offense. The Sooners put up 20 points against TCU, just 20 against Texas and then 34 against Kansas, but in all of the games they have started really slowly. The Sooners have a total of three points in the first quarter of the last three games.
"We just have to keep fighting every day," Bell said. "Like he (co-offensive coordinator Josh Heupel) says, you are going to kept taking shots, you aren't going to hit them all, but you are going to hit a few. If you hit a few , you're in good shape."