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        === Bell starts, throws 4 TDs as No. 14 Oklahoma routs Tulsa ===
 
 Norman,  OK  (Sports Network) - Blake  Bell, in his first career start, passed
 for  413 yards and four touchdowns Saturday to lead No. 14 Oklahoma to a 51-20
 win over Tulsa.
 
 The  Sooners (3-0)  had rushed for more  than 300 yards in both of their first
 two games but their passing attack had barely gotten off the ground until Bell
 took over.
 
 The  junior was  27-for-37 without an interception and had touchdown passes of
 29 yards to Roy Finch and 35 yards to Sterling Shepard.
 
 Bell was on the field plenty as a rusher during his first two seasons with the
 Sooners,  running for 24 touchdowns, but his passing ability was well-known to
 teammates.
 
 "I  always knew  he could throw," said  Jaz Reynolds, who had four catches for
 109  yards. "A lot of fans didn't know because all he did was run the ball the
 first two years, but we always knew he could do it."
 
 Shepard caught eight passes for 123 yards and two touchdowns.
 
 "Everybody in the country recruited [Bell] and they recruited him as a passing
 quarterback.  We've said  that around here for a long time," said Oklahoma co-
 offensive  coordinator  Josh Heupel. "The  package that  he played in the past
 couple of years limited your exposure to what he was capable of.
 
 "Sometimes  because Landry  Jones was a pretty dang good quarterback, third in
 the  history of the NCAA in passing, it's tough to put your backup quarterback
 in the game to throw the ball. [Bell's] capable of it. He needs to continue to
 get  better  in some  of the things  that were deficient  today, but we always
 believed he could throw the football."
 
 Cody Green was 17-of-33 for 226 yards with an interception for Tulsa (1-2).
 
 Oklahoma  is 3-0  going into a particularly tough stretch of the season, which
 will  begin  after an off week.  The Sooners will  play at Notre Dame, at home
 against TCU and in Dallas against Texas.
 
 The Sooners scored on their first five drives of the game and were 12-of-16 on
 third-down conversions in the game.
 
 "We  couldn't get  off the field," said Tulsa coach Bill Blankenship. "I think
 Oklahoma exposed our youthfulness in the secondary and took advantage of that.
 They  actually handled  it really  well. I  think Blake  Bell did  a good  job
 getting  the ball to  the underneath receivers and then hit us over the top as
 well.
 
 "I  think any defense and offense understands that winning third downs is big.
 It  is incredibly frustrating  to not only give up third downs, but to give up
 touchdowns on those third down conversions, no question."
 
 Brennan  Clay  rushed for a  four-yard touchdown on  the game's first drive to
 give  Oklahoma  the lead, and the  Sooners would never  let go of it. On their
 next possession, Mike Hunnicutt's 20-yard field goal made it 10-0.
 
 Trey  Watts' two-yard touchdown  run got Tulsa within 10-7 near the end of the
 first  quarter,  but Bell hit  Shepard for a  three-yard touchdown pass on the
 first drive of the second to extend the lead back to 10.
 
 Safety  Gabe Lynn's  interception and  31-yard  return set  up Bell's  29-yard
 hookup with Finch
 
 Hunnicutt's  30-yard field  goal made Oklahoma 5-for-5 on scoring drives for a
 27-7 lead.
 
 The  first half ended during the sixth Sooners drive, but they took a 27-point
 lead  after Bell  hit  Shepard for  a  35-yard touchdown  to  start the  third
 quarter.
 
 After Carl Salazar kicked a 26-yard field goal for Tulsa to make it 34-10, the
 Sooners  punted  for the  first time.  Salazar then  kicked a 21-yarder before
 Hunnicutt made a 36-yarder for Oklahoma to start the fourth quarter.
 
 The  teams combined for  24 points in the fourth. Ja'Terian Douglas had a six-
 yard  touchdown  run for Tulsa,  Bell threw a  25-yard touchdown pass to Jalen
 Saunders  and Keith Ford ran it in from three yards for the Sooners to make it
 51-20.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Finch  led all players with 68 yards rushing ... Watts rushed for 60 yards for
 Tulsa,  which fell  to 3-12-1 at Oklahoma  ... Oklahoma racked up 607 yards of
 total offense to 321 for Tulsa.
 
 09/14 17:13:24 ET