NORMAN, OK (AP)  No. 7 Oklahoma is taking a page out of the Tim Tebow playbook to try and improve its conversion rate deep in the red zone.

The Sooners (7-1, 4-1 Big 12) are turning to third-string quarterback Blake Bell in a package that features him as more of a running threat than starter Landry Jones. It has similarities to the way Florida’s Urban Meyer used Tebow as a powerful runner opposite starter Chris Leak during the 2006 season, when the Gators won the national championship.

Bell scored a touchdown on first-and-goal from the 1-yard line on Oklahoma’s opening drive last week against Kansas State. The Sooners later used the package on second and third downs in short yardage situations outside the red zone.

Oklahoma hosts Texas A&M (5-3, 3-2) on Saturday.

Listen to Texas A&M vs Oklahoma locally on 105.3 The Fan, Saturday at 2:30 p.m.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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