Gearing up for game day: Sooners prepare for Hurricane invasion
NORMAN, Okla.- Coming off of two wins in the last two weeks, the Sooners are getting ready as the Tulsa Golden Hurricane comes to Norman on Saturday.
Earlier in the week, head coach Bob Stoops announced that redshirt junior Blake Bell will make his first career start as OU’s quarterback on Saturday.
He will fill in for redshirt freshmen Trevor Knight, who suffered a bruised knee at the end of the first half of last week’s game against West Virginia.
Kendal Thompson, who fractured his foot during summer camp, will be Bell’s backup for the game against the University of Tulsa.
While a new quarterback goes behind center, the running game has been solid behind Brennan Clay, who had a career-high 170 yards against West Virginia.
Damien Williams also wore down the Mountaineers’ defense, totaling 95 rushing yards on 21 carries.
While there are changes on offense, the Sooners defense continues to steal the show, dominating its opponents.
The OU defense is tied for fourth in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision in scoring defense and is fifth in third-down defense.
In addition, the Sooners lead the Big 12 Conference in scoring defense, total defense, third-down defense, pass defense efficiency and Red Zone defense.
Over the span of the last two games, the OU defense has only allowed 7 points to be scored against it.
Against West Virginia, OU forced four turnovers.
The Tulsa offense will likely keep their eyes on impact players like safety Gabe Lynn, who is known for reading the quarterback and stepping into the line of fire.
Lynn was responsible for one interception, one fumble recovery and three tackles against the Mountaineers.
The focus will also be on linebacker Corey Nelson, cornerback Aaron Colvin and defensive back Zack Sanchez as they look to disrupt the Hurricane’s offensive flow.
The Tulsa Golden Hurricane is 1-1 after a last-second field goal gave it the 30-27 win over Colorado State last week.
Mistakes led to the first two Colorado State scores after Tulsa fumbled on a punt return and had a punt blocked.
During that game, Tulsa quarterback Cody Green went 21-for-39 passing for 212 yards and three touchdowns.
Green’s favorite target was Trey Watts, who led the receiving corps with eight catches for 58 yards.
However, Watts did not make it into the end zone.
The longest pass that actually resulted in a touchdown was 17 yards to Ja’Terian Douglas in the first quarter.
Kickoff is set for 11 a.m. at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on Saturday.
The game will be televised on ESPN2.