By Derek Brown
There were two things that stuck out in my mind coming out of the Big 12 after Saturday.
First is Sooners quarterback Blake Bell can throw the football. Second is that the Texas Longhorns are 1-2.
Bell surprised everybody with his arm after he threw for 413 yards against Tulsa on Saturday afternoon. His pocket presence, his reads, his poise, his short to mid-range accuracy and his timing was just a handful of things that I almost couldn’t believe.
Bell’s 413 yards is more than any other OU quarterback in their first start. Yes, that means even more than Heisman winner Sam Bradford.
The “Belldozer” quickly became something of the past as Bell didn’t rush for any scores. Instead Bell tossed four touchdowns.
Some people were high on the Texas Longhorns coming into the season. They had a lot of players returning with a lot of playing experience. Why wouldn’t they be any good? I’m not positive of the reason but I just know that they aren’t any good. The Longhorns gave up 550 yards rushing to BYU two weeks ago and fired defensive coordinator Manny Diaz. Last Saturday they lost in Austin 44-23 to Ole Miss. Texas has an environment that should not lose while in their stadium. I think it is very shocking that a program, the caliber of Texas, can fall that far that fast.
The Longhorns are just a few years removed from Vince Young winning the National Championship is 2006. Even less time then when Colt McCoy took Texas to the title game and fell to Alabama 37-21 in 2009. But then it went downhill in a hurry and has continued to fall ever since.
A column about this past week’s college football games would not be complete without a little bit of Johnny Manziel talk. The Texas A&M quarterback did all that he could do but still fell short. Alabama rolled with a 49-42 victory at the Aggies’ place. Manziel had a very impressive game, and I feel that he is the front runner for the Heisman, but the Aggie defense could not make stops when they needed to.
Another week off college football is over and another week is about to begin. You have to love this time of the year.