All around the Oklahoma campus, questions have lingered about the football team’s quarterback situation. Freshman Trevor Knight has started and won the first two games of the 2013 season, but has struggled moving the offense at times, and has mightily struggled in the passing department.
Head coach Bob Stoops confirmed on Monday that Knight actually injured his knee in the first half against West Virginia and will miss a couple weeks. That means junior Blake Bell is going to start on Saturday against the Tulsa Hurricanes (1-1, 0-0 Conference USA). Redshirt freshman Kendal Thompson will serve as the team’s backup.
Thompson returned to practice after suffering a foot injury early in fall camp.
Despite the quarterback issues, the No. 14 Sooners are 2-0, and 1-0 in the Big 12, thanks in part of a terrific run game and even better defense.
After two games, the Sooners have rushed for 305 and 323 yards, while the defense is allowing 3.5 points and 276.5 yards per game. They have also forced six turnovers, five against West Virginia.
Senior Brennan Clay rushed for a career-high 170 yards against the Mountaineers, while Knight continued to struggle, going 1-for-5 in the second half before being benched for the Belldozer.
Knight as amassed a mere 205 yards in two games with a 43.8 completion percentage, and four touchdowns and three interceptions.
Bell has limited play time, mostly subbing in for former quarterback Landry Jones last season in short-yardage and goal-line situations, but the Belldozer has accounted for 24 rushing touchdowns in his two years in Norman.
The last time these two met came on Sept. 3 of the 2011 season. The game was in Norman and the Sooners routed the Golden Hurricane 47-14.
Although, roughly 130 miles apart, this series is anything less than an in-state rivalry. The Sooners have outscored Tulsa 280-50 and are 6-0 since Stoops became coach in 1999.
The Golden Hurricanes scored 13 unanswered points in the fourth quarter and beat Colorado State 30-27 on Sept. 7, off a 34-yard field goal from senior Carl Salazar as time expired.
Senior Cody Green, who played his first two years at Nebraska, led the comeback with 212 yards on 21-for-39 passing, with three scores and one interception.
The offense has played all right, despite losing 34-7 to Bowling Green during the opening week, averaging 350 yards, but the defense is what’s holding them back, allowing 30.5 points and 341 yards per game.