NORMAN, Okla. -- Oklahoma quarterback Blake Bell was named the Big 12 Conference Offensive Player of the Week on Monday. The junior signal caller established career highs by completing 27 of 37 passes (73.0 pct.) for 413 yards and four touchdowns in Oklahoma’s 51-20 win over Tulsa.
The Wichita, Kan., native did not throw an interception and posted a 202.4 rating. He also ran 10 times for 24 yards. Bell’s 413 passing yards were the most by an OU quarterback in his first career start, passing Sam Bradford’s record of 363 yards vs. North Texas (9/1/07).
It marks the second straight week that an Oklahoma player has earned Big 12 Player of the Week honors. Safety Gabe Lynn received Big 12 Defensive POW accolades after the Sooners’ 16-7 victory vs. West Virginia on Sept. 7.
Bell was one of eight quarterbacks named for the Manning Award Star of the Week. The Manning Award, sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl, has named eight quarterbacks as its “Stars of the Week.” College football fans can now go to the Allstate Sugar Bowl Facebook page to vote for what they think was the best performance from this past weekend. When voting closes on Thursday at 11 a.m. (Central), the top vote-getter will be announced as the Manning Award Player of the Week.
The Manning Award was created by the Allstate Sugar Bowl in 2004 to honor the college football accomplishments of Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning. It is the only quarterback award that includes the candidates’ bowl performances in its balloting.