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  Dillon Gabriel threw for two touchdowns and ran for another, and sixth-ranked Oklahoma hammered Nebraska 49-14 on Saturday in the Cornhuskers' first game following the firing of Scott Frost. The game was put on the schedule 10 years ago as the back end of a home-and-home series intended to celebrate what once was among college football's greatest rivalries. Instead, it was further confirmation the Cornhuskers are just a shell of the program that decades ago battled the Sooners for conference titles year-in and year-out. OU (3-0) posted its most lopsided victory over Nebraska (1-3) since a 45-10 win in 1990. The Sooners have won seven of eight against the Huskers. The next meetings are set for 2029 and '30.

The Huskers have lost 19 straight against Top 25 opponents and nine in a row against Bowl Subdivision teams. Frost's tenure, which lasted four years plus three games, was marked by close games. The first one under interim head coach Mickey Joseph was never in doubt after the opening quarter, and Memorial Stadium began emptying at halftime. Oklahoma scored 35 straight points after Nebraska opened the game with a six-play, 77-yard touchdown drive. The Huskers totaled just 71 yards on their next 37 plays in the first half and punted seven times, committed two turnovers and twice turned the ball over on downs before backup quarterback Chubba Purdy ran for a late touchdown. - Oklahoma/AP College Football


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  SEPT 12 BIG 12 CO-NEWCOMER OF THE WEEK: Oklahoma's Dillon Gabriel completed 75% of his pass attempts (21-of-28) for 296 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions (199.2 pass efficiency rating) in Oklahoma's 33-3 win over Kent State, a team picked by league coaches to win the Mid-American Conference's (MAC) East Division title. His touchdown passes covered 18, 36 and 58 yards. The redshirt junior, who has yet to commit a turnover this season, has thrown at least one TD pass in all 28 of his career games and at least two TD passes in 22 contests. - Big 12 Football

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  Marvin Mims caught seven passes for 163 yards and two touchdowns to help No. 7 Oklahoma overcome a slow start in a 33-3 victory over Kent State on Saturday night. Dillon Gabriel completed 21 of 28 passes for 296 yards and three touchdowns, and the Sooners finished with 430 yards of offense. Oklahoma has won 11 straight home games and 29 of its last 30. Oklahoma (2-0) was scoreless and trailed Kent State (0-2) as late as the final minute of the first half before Mims played key roles on touchdown drives to end the half and start the second. That helped the Sooners move to 4-0 against current Mid-American Conference teams.

Collin Schlee passed for 131 yards and rushed for 55 yards for Kent State, which is the only Football Bowl Subdivision team this season playing three nonconference games against opponents from Power 5 conferences. The Golden Flashes lost their opener at Washington and will visit No. 2 Georgia in two weeks. Kent State played the Sooners on even terms in the first half and Oklahoma was fortunate to be ahead 7-3. The Golden Flashes had 11 first downs to Oklahoma's seven and limited the Sooners to only 7 rushing yards before halftime. To that point, Kent State had converted on six of 11 3rd-down attempts and owned a two-to-one edge in time of possession. - Oklahoma/AP College Football


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  Dillon Gabriel passed for two touchdowns and ran for another and No. 9 Oklahoma rolled past UTEP 45-13 on Saturday for Brent Venables' first career victory as a head coach. Venables was a full-time assistant for the previous 26 years in stints at Kansas State, Oklahoma and Clemson. He took over after Lincoln Riley left to take the Southern California job last December. Gabriel, a transfer from Central Florida, connected on 15 of 23 passes for 233 yards. Eric Gray rushed for 102 yards, Brayden Willis caught two touchdown passes and Marcus Major rushed for two scores for the Sooners.

Gavin Hardison passed for 244 yards, Tyrin Smith caught eight passes for 71 yards and Reynaldo Flores caught seven passes for 76 yards for the Miners (1-1). Oklahoma gained 301 yards in the first half to take a 28-10 lead. Gabriel passed for 164 yards and two touchdowns before the break. Reggie Grimes led the Oklahoma defense with 2 1/2 sacks in the first half, including one on the final play of the second quarter to snuff out a scoring threat. Oklahoma then held UTEP to 99 yards and three points in the second half. - Oklahoma/AP College Football


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  ESPN TOP 100 PRESEASON 2022 CFB PLAYERS (Selected Aug. 17): No. 70. Dillon Gabriel, QB, Oklahoma, Senior. Notable 2021 stats: 814 yards, 9 TD in 3 games. Last year's ranking: 33. After starting 25 of 26 games in his career at UCF, where he threw for 8,037 yards, 70 TDs to 14 INTs, Gabriel transferred to Oklahoma and will rejoin Jeff Lebby, his old offensive coordinator. Gabriel went down with an injury after just three games last year, but ranked second nationally in total offense (373.9 ypg) in 2020. - ESPN.com

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  ESPN TOP 100 PRESEASON 2022 CFB PLAYERS (Selected Aug. 17): No. 64. Marvin Mims, WR, Oklahoma, Junior. Notable 2021 stats: 705 yards, 5 TDs. Last year's ranking: 8. Despite catching just 32 passes last year, Mims averaged 22.0 yards per reception (first in Big 12, fourth nationally), finishing with 705 yards and five touchdowns, down from 9 TD catches as a freshman. He has led Oklahoma in receiving yards both seasons he has been in Norman and could benefit from Jeff Lebby's spin on the new OU offense. - ESPN.com

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  2022 PRESEASON WUERFFEL TROPHY (COMMUNITY SERVICE) WATCHLIST: Marvin Mims, Oklahoma, Jr., WR,...Mims has led team in receiving yards each of his first two seasons ... has caught 69 passes for 1,315 yards (19.1 average) and 14 touchdowns ... has returned 23 punts for 231 yards (10.0 average) and three kickoffs for 70 yards (23.3 average). - Oklahoma Football

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  2022 PRESEASON JOHNNY UNITAS GOLDEN ARM AWARD WATCH LIST: Dillon Gabriel, Oklahoma,...Started 25 of his 26 games in three seasons at UCF ... completed 60.7% of his passes (554 of 913) for 8,037 yards and 70 touchdowns vs. 14 interceptions ... ran for 372 yards and eight touchdowns and caught one pass for a TD ... threw at least one touchdown pass in all 26 games, at least two TD passes in 20 contests and at least four in seven outings ... 156.9 passing efficiency rating since start of 2019 season is seventh best nationally among quarterbacks who played each of the last three years (25 games minimum). - Oklahoma Football

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  2022 PRESEASON ALLSTATE AFCA GOOD WORKS TEAM NOMINEE: Ethan Downs, University of Oklahoma,...Played in all 13 games in 2021...had 14 tackles (nine solo), 3.0 tackles for loss, 0.5 sacks, one forced fumble and two QB hurries...registered a career-high four tackles and a half-sack with a QB hurry in the Alamo Bowl vs. Oregon (12/29). - Oklahoma Football

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  With Nik Bonitto, Isaiah Thomas and Perrion Winfrey having departed for the NFL after last season, the Sooners will have plenty of new faces along the defensive front this fall. Reggie Grimes will be a major piece in not only trying to replace the production OU lost there, but also in trying to make the Sooners a much better defense after last season's overall disappointment. "It starts up front," Grimes said. "The game's going to be won or lost up front. It's going to be on us, regardless. "I think we now have guys...they know, and they take pride in that." Grimes said getting the defense down was tricky during spring. "It was a lot, just because you were caught up in we're installing 10 plays today and then you get those down and it's 10 plays tomorrow," Grimes said.

Now, though, the system is making more sense to Grimes. "You don't know if we're coming off the edge, if we're dropping back in coverage or we're being put over a receiver," Grimes said of the defensive ends. "I think that's a really great thing. That's one of the little tricks … of Coach Venables' defense is that everyone can do everything. You don't know where the pressure's coming from, but you know the pressure's always gonna be coming." In 13 games last season, Grimes made five starts and finished with 18 tackles and a pair of sacks. - Daily Oklahoman


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  Oklahoma safeties coach Brandon Hall describes Billy Bowman as a "quiet guy." But make no mistake, that doesn't mean he's not a competitive guy. While Hall, of course, sees that competitiveness on the football field, there isn't really a place he doesn't see it. "Coming over to the house, playing basketball - just anything outside of football, you start to pick up that [this] dude is always playing to win," Hall said during OU media day earlier this month. "It's not just in the weight room and stuff." Bowman's coaches and teammates have seen it, too. Among all of the players that have been discussed during the spring and fall camp, Bowman's name has been mentioned by his teammates almost more than any other.

Bowman's certainly confident entering this season. The sophomore safety enters the 2022-23 season as a projected starter on the Sooners' defense with the potential of being one of the team's biggest impact players. "I definitely felt like last season I lost some confidence," Bowman said. "But I feel like this year, [I've been able] to gain that confidence back with the new coaches coming in. During spring ball, I definitely feel like I gained my confidence back and I'm ready to go." Bowman entered last season as the starter at nickleback, assuming the starting role for five of the team's first six games. He then saw playing time at cornerback but struggled, and his playing time diminished as the season continued. He finished the season with 21 tackles, including two for a loss, in eight games. - Norman Transcript


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  OU quarterback General Booty is donating a percentage of his name, image and likeness earnings to Oklahoma Children's Hospital, OU Health announced Wednesday. "My family has been a really good example to me my whole life, and we talked about the importance of giving back," said Booty, who played last season at Tyler Community College in Texas. "I have a special place in my heart for kids, so after my visit there, I knew Oklahoma Children's Hospital would be where my support would go." Booty, who is projected to back up starter Dillon Gabriel this season, is unveiling a website (mtjn.org) where fans can purchase shirts, hats and other memorabilia featuring his name, number and his brand "MTJN," which stands for More Than Just a Name. "I have a unique name, but I'm also a good player," Booty said. "That's the connection … Oklahoma Children's Hospital is more than a name. They are the best at what they do. - Daily Oklahoman

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  08/18/22 - T.D. RoofrSr/2023, Oklahoma + More +

  Linebacker T.D. Roof will miss the 2022 OU football season after suffering a biceps injury that will require surgery, head coach Brent Venables said Tuesday. Roof, the son of defensive coordinator Ted Roof, transferred from Appalachian State after his father joined Venables' staff in the offseason. Roof has played in 45 career games during his career at Appalachian State, Indiana and Georgia Tech.

Venables said it hasn't been decided whether or not Roof would pursue a medical redshirt to play next season. "We'll look at what all the options are," Venables said. "He's been through a lot, been at multiple schools and nothing's been easy for him. We'll see. We'll give him all kinds of opportunity based on where his heart is and after cooler heads sometimes prevail. We'll give him another day or two to figure all that out." While Roof was unlikely to be a starter, he was expected to be in the mix for playing time and likely contribute on special teams also. Venables said Roof's injury is the only significant one so far in camp. - Daily Oklahoman


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  Daniel Parker didn't hesitate. "I'll do it," Parker responded when Missouri coaches asked him during preseason camp in 2018 to make the move from defensive end to tight end. Parker knew that his path to playing time as a freshman might be faster on the offense. But Parker had never played tight end before making the switch four years ago. "He didn't realize how early and how often he was going to have to play," said Joe Jon Finley, Missouri's tight ends coach at the time. Now, Finley is OU's tight ends coach and Parker is a tight end for the Sooners after transferring in the offseason.

"We had that connection," Parker said of Finley. "He knows what I'm about. I know what he's about. It was just good to get back with him." Brayden Willis, with 45 career games played and 12 starts, figures to be OU's primary tight end this season but Parker's varying skill set figures to give him a place among the group. "He brings the mindset that just gives you chills when you think about old-school football," Finley said. "We're going to be physical, and that's the part he absolutely loves. He can go out and catch the ball...He couldn't come here at a better time fitting in with the mindset of Coach (Brent) Venables of being physical, fast and playing extremely hard. He's a picture of that." - Daily Oklahoman


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  08/17/22 - Eric GraySr/2023, Oklahoma + More +

  Oklahoma enters the season in a familiar spot. The Sooners landed at No. 9 in the Associated Press' preseason poll, the outlet announced Monday. It's the seventh straight season the Sooners are ranked inside the Top 10 in the poll and the 19th time in the past 22 seasons. Alabama, Ohio State, Georgia, Clemson and Notre Dame took the top five spots, respectively. Alabama defeated Ohio State in the national championship game last season. Oklahoma is the highest ranked Big 12 team in the poll, one spot ahead of Baylor (No. 10) and three spots ahead of Oklahoma State (No. 12). Texas and Kansas State received votes but did not make the poll. This marks the 23rd straight season the Sooners are ranked inside the Top 25 entering the season, which is the second-longest streak behind Ohio State (34). Of Oklahoma's 64 appearances in the poll, the Sooners have been ranked inside the top 10 48 times. - Norman Transcript

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