Junior quarterback Blake Bell was phenomenal in his first career start on Saturday, throwing for 413 yards and four touchdowns as his Oklahoma Sooners dismantled the Tulsa Golden Hurricane to the tune of 51-20. There were concerns regarding the accuracy of the 6-foot-6, 260-pound Bell, a player more known for his scrambling ability than his arm, but Bell’s remarkable performance not only helped put those questions to rest but also earned him the starting job for Oklahoma’s upcoming game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
Bell was initially beaten out for the starting job by freshman Trevor Knight during training camp, but Knight struggled in the first two games of the 2013 season, completing only 43.8% of his passes and throwing almost as many interceptions (three) as touchdowns (four). Knight is currently out due to a bruised knee he suffered against West Virginia.
Of course, putting up huge numbers against Tulsa is different than doing it against Big XII foes, but it appears that, at least for now, Oklahoma fans have a big reason to be confident in their quarterback.