What we learned: Week 8

October, 20, 2013
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Here's what we learned in Oklahoma's 34-19 win over Kansas on Saturday.

The passing game might never improve: The Sooners still haven't passed for more than 200 yards in a conference game. OU passed for 180 yards against the Jayhawks with starting quarterback Blake Bell going 15 of 25 for 131 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Maybe it’s time to stop expecting, or even hoping, the Sooners' aerial attack will look anything like it has in the past four seasons with Landry Jones under center.

It might not matter: If Bell can make enough plays with his feet, the Sooners’ lack of a explosive passing game might not matter. The junior’s 10 carries for 53 yards against KU is an example of the added element Bell can bring to the offense, and if he can be a clutch passer on third down -- he was 4-of-7 for 48 yards and one touchdown on third down against the Jayhawks -- then an explosive passing game isn’t necessary. With their running game and pass defense, the Sooners might be able to have enough success to make a run at another Big 12 title without a stellar passing attack.

The Sooners still have issues on defense: Kansas' ability to run the ball was another eye-opener for OU’s defense. Defensive tackle Jordan Phillips is sorely missed in the middle and expect teams to attack that weakness for the remainder of Big 12 play. Simply put, defensive coordinator Mike Stoops will have to have an answer. Even if OU doesn’t have the personnel to solve the problem, that’s why Stoops earns a significant paycheck. If they don’t find an answer, OU will lose more games, it’s just that simple.

Brandon Chatmon | email

Oklahoma/Big 12 reporter

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