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NORMAN, Okla. -- Coach Bob Stoops sat in the seats among reporters, TV crews and other members of the sports media Saturday after Oklahoma's annual spring football game.
 
Instead of talking behind the microphone, Stoops sat and smiled and watched Trey Metoyer address the masses. "He's not like a normal freshman," Stoops said. No kidding.
 
Metoyer showed that on the field, then again after, as he entertained questions, fired back answers and at the same time established himself as the brightest of stars on a windy spring day as the offense beat the defense, 22-21 in front of 20,509 fans.
 
Just a freshman, Metoyer, not quarterback Landry Jones, the return of Mike Stoops as defensive coordinator, or even the weather, arguably made more of an impact than Metoyer did Saturday.
 
He caught six passes for 72 yards, playing with the second team on offense.
 
"He's going to have a big article in the paper tomorrow," said offensive coordinator Josh Heupel. "Hopefully he doesn't read it."
 
Well, if he does, he's going to like what he sees. And if the spring is an indicator, so will everyone else.
 
"A good receiver goes and gets it," Metoyer said. "I try to do that all the time. It's learning the game and learning the defense."
 
Saturday, Jones played just 12 plays and led the offense to a field goal on his only possession, leaving the rest of the quarterbacking to reserves Blake Bell, Drew Allen and Kendal Thompson. Jones was 4-for-8 for 23 yards.
 
Bell, who was sensational last season running the ball in short-yardage situations, was outstanding throwing the ball Saturday. He was 14-of-19 for 179 yards, including a 60-yard TD pass to Jaz Reynolds.
 
Allen was 10-of-18 passing for 72 yards. Thompson finished 7-of-9 for 42 yards and threw the game-winning TD to running back Danzel Williams with 31 seconds left.
 
More importantly, the offense didn't have a turnover and showed big-play ability, highlighted by the 60-yard touchdown pass from Bell to Reynolds. Reynolds finished with two catches for 64 yards while Trey Franks had six for 54 yards. Williams finished with four catches.
 
"We've been doing that all spring," Allen said. "We came out fast. We've been making strides and it showed here today."
 
Metoyer showed the most, catching a pass on the first throw with the second-team offense on the second possession of the game.
 
He caught the ball in various ways, showing an ability to get down the field, as well as go across the middle.
 
"He's got an ability to make plays," Stoops said. "Trey showed what we've been talking about all spring. He can run and he really relishes the moment."
 
That moment was illustrated in Metoyer taking to the podium with confidence. And that's likely why Stoops sat back and smiled while Metoyer answered questions.
 
"I didn't think you were going to let me up there," Stoops said jokingly when Metoyer finished up.
 
Meanwhile, Stoops went on to call Saturday's effort, "A good day. I was pleased no one really got hurt in 100-some plays."
 
Linebacker Corey Nelson and defensive back Julian Wilson led the defense with eight tackles each. Safety Tony Jefferson and cornerback Demontre Hurst had five apiece. Hurst and Wilson each had a sack.
 
"A lot of guys stood out and did well," Stoops said. "Offensively it wasn't sloppy. We had two Big 12 crews officiating it and didn't have a lot of line-of-scrimmage penalties. So it was pretty clean for your spring game when there are so many guys playing. Some guys are not ready to play yet and played well overall."
 
Oklahoma begins the football season at UTEP on Sept. 1 before opening its home schedule vs. Florida A&M at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on Sept. 8.
 
PASSING
Jones: 4-8, 23 yards
Allen: 10-18, 72 yards
Bell: 14-19, 179 yards, 1 TD
Thompson: 7-9, 42 yards, 1 TD
 
RUSHING
Franks: 2-5
Bell: 2-(-12)
Thompson: 3-25
Allen: 1-2
Finch: 9-40
Danzel Williams: 8-24
Clay: 10-65
Millard: 3-21
Winters: 6-12
 
RECEIVING
Metoyer: 6-72
Franks: 6-54
Danzel Williams: 4-39, 1 TD
McNamara: 3-23
Winters: 3-2
Reynolds: 2-64, 1 TD
Stills: 2-20
Finch: 2-11
Millard: 2-4
Carter: 2-3
Caudill: 1-12
Bradley: 1-10
Kitchens: 1-2
 
TACKLES
Corey Nelson: 8
Julian Wilson: 8
Aaron Franklin: 5
Demontre Hurst: 5
Tony Jefferson: 5
David King: 5
Jesse Paulsen: 5
Joe Powell: 5
Kass Everett: 4
Lamar Harris: 4
Quentin Hayes: 4
Torrea Peterson: 4
Jaydan Bird: 3
Joseph Ibiloye: 3
Gabe Lynn: 3
Jamarkus McFarland: 3
Rashod Favors: 3
Caleb Gastelum: 3
Javon Harris: 3
Chaz Nelson: 2
Jordan Phillips: 2
Londell Taylor: 2
Tom Wort: 2
Marquis Anderson: 1
Eric Doughtie: 1
Nathan Hughes: 1
P.L. Lindley: 1
Chuka Ndulue: 1
Frank Shannon: 1
Damon Williams: 1
Brandon Young: 1
 
TACKLES FOR LOSS
Julian Wilson: 2 (-13)
Jaydan Bird: 1 (-3)
Quentin Carter: 1 (-1)
Nathan Hughes: 1 (-2)
Demontre Hurst: 1 (-4)
Rashod Favors: 1 (-1)
Joseph Ibiloye: 1 (-3)
Tony Jefferson: 1 (-3)
David King: 1 (-2)
Jarmarkus McFarland: 1 (-2)
Corey Nelson: 1 (-2)
Torrea Peterson: 1 (-3)
Jordan Phillips: 1 (-3)
 
SACKS
Demontre Hurst: 1 (-4)
Julian Wilson: 1 (-7)
 
PASSES BROKEN UP
Demontre Hurst: 1
Chuka Ndulue: 1
Jesse Paulsen: 1
 
PUNTING
Tress Way: 8 punts, 48.5 average, long of 69
Seibert: 4 punts, 44.8 average, long of 60
 
KICKING
Hunnicutt: 3-4 field goals (long of 40), 0-1 extra points
Eric Hosek: 1-1 extra points