Two effective quarterbacks are better than one and if you don’t believe me, just ask the Iowa Hawkeyes who were burned through the air and on the ground by Oklahoma as the Sooners rolled to a 31-14 win in the Insight Bowl Friday.
Starter Landry Jones was quietly effective completing 16-25 for 161 yards and a touchdown, while backup redshirt freshman Blake Bell ran over and around the Hawkeyes defense for 51 yards and three touchdowns.
Utilizing Bell near the goal line is something the Sooners coaching staff began implementing in the game plan earlier this season.
“You get an extra blocker when the quarterback runs the ball,” OU head coach Bob Stoops explained after the win. “It’s made a huge difference in our red zone all year.”
Bell, at 6’6 245 pounds, is frequently referred to as the “Belldozer” and he certainly lived up to that monicker under the lights at Sun Devil Stadium.
His two, four-yard scoring runs in the first half helped Oklahoma build a lead they’d never relinquish as they coasted to their second-straight bowl win in the Valley. OU beat UCONN in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl back in January.
“I give most of the credit to Landry and the offensive line,” Bell said moments after being named the game’s offensive MVP. “It makes it easy to get in [the end zone].”
Landry, a junior who many believe will be a first round pick in he forgoes his final season in Norman, wasn’t ready to make that decision after the game.
“As far as right now, I’m not really sure what I want to do.”