Bell, No. 14 OU down No. 22 Notre Dame

Updated: September 28, 2013

South Bend, IN (Sports Network) – Blake Bell threw for 232 yards and two
touchdowns, while the Sooners’ stout defense picked off Notre Dame’s Tommy
Rees three times, as No. 14 Oklahoma downed the 22nd-ranked Fighting Irish,
35-21, on Saturday at Notre Dame Stadium.

The Sooners (4-0) smothered Rees from the start, intercepting back-to-back
passes from the Notre Dame signal-caller to help create a 14-0 cushion less
than three minutes into the game.

OU linebacker Corey Nelson returned the first pick 24 yards for a score before
Frank Shannon intercepted Rees’ next throw, setting up an 11-yard touchdown
run from Damien Williams, who finished with 42 rushing yards on nine carries.

Bell, making his first career road start, helped the early lead stand,
completing 22-of-30 passes while rushing 12 times for 59 yards for Oklahoma,
which has won nine straight regular-season games since last year’s 30-13 home
loss to then-No. 5 Notre Dame.

Rees finished a woeful 9-of-24 passing for 104 yards, two touchdowns and three
interceptions for the Fighting Irish (3-2), who had won nine of the 10 all-
time meetings against Oklahoma, with their only other loss to the Sooners
coming back in 1956.

George Atkinson III provided the lone bright spot for Notre Dame, rushing for
a career-high 148 yards and a score on 14 carries in the setback.