Oct 14, 2023; Corvallis, Oregon, USA; UCLA Bruins quarterback Dante Moore (3) throws the ball during the second half against the Oregon State Beavers at Reser Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

Ex-UCLA QB Dante Moore commits to Oregon

Former UCLA quarterback Dante Moore is set to become the second transfer quarterback moving to Oregon ahead of next season.

Moore announced his commitment to Oregon on Monday in an Instagram post. The Ducks previously snagged ex-Oklahoma quarterback Dillon Gabriel.

Moore was ranked one of the top five quarterback prospects in the high school Class of 2023, and he initially committed to Oregon out of Martin Luther King Jr. Senior High in Detroit.

He wound up going to UCLA instead and played nine games as a freshman this year for the Bruins, starting five times.

Moore completed 53.5 percent of his passes (114 of 213) this past season for 1,610 yards and 11 touchdowns. He was intercepted nine times. His best outing was a 290-yard, three-touchdown effort in a Sept. 9 win over San Diego State. Moore also threw for 290 yards in a victory over Washington State on Oct. 7.

Gabriel, who has one year of eligibility remaining, is widely viewed as the favorite to replace Heisman Trophy finalist Bo Nix for the Ducks. Moore could be in line to take over the job in 2025.

No. 8 Oregon (11-2) lost the Pac-12 championship game against Washington on Dec. 1 and is headed to the Fiesta Bowl against No. 23 Liberty on Jan. 1, 2024.

–Field Level Media

Oklahoma offensive coordinator Jeff Lebby talks with Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Dillon Gabriel (8) before a college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the TCU Horned Frogs at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla., Friday, Nov. 24, 2023. Oklahoma won 69-45.

Oklahoma QB Dillon Gabriel enters portal, weighing 2024 draft

Oklahoma quarterback Dillon Gabriel entered the transfer portal while weighing his plans for the 2024 season.

Gabriel would be one of the most coveted transfers available for his final year of college eligibility. But he’s also likely to engage the college advisory committee to vet his status for the 2024 NFL Draft.

Gabriel declared Oklahoma was “forever home” in January. The Hawaii native threw for 3,168 yards, 25 touchdowns and six interceptions, and 315 rushing yards with six touchdowns, in 2022 but opted to come back to the Sooners and rejected options via the portal and NFL draft.

At 5-11, 200, one of the main barriers to the NFL is likely to be size.

But Gabriel, who turns 23 later this month, was sixth in the FBS in passing yards in 2023 — 3,660 yards — with 30 touchdowns and six interceptions. He rushed for 12 touchdowns on a career-high 93 carries for 373 yards.

Gabriel transferred to Oklahoma from UCF after three seasons, following offensive coordinator Jeff Lebby to Norman. But Lebby was named head coach at Mississippi State, sparking speculation he could bring Gabriel with him.

Gabriel could revert from the portal and play for the Sooners in 2024. He has until Jan. 15 to enter the 2024 NFL Draft.

–Field Level Media

Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Dillon Gabriel (8) throws a pass during a Bedlam college football game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) and the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Nov. 4, 2023.

Bedlam burial? Sooners’ title chances, Dillion Gabriel’s Heisman hopes plummet

Consecutive defeats have knocked Oklahoma out of the College Football Playoff picture, and have all but sunk the Heisman Trophy hopes of quarterback Dillon Gabriel.

Sporting a 7-0 record just two weeks ago, Oklahoma followed a loss at Kansas with a 27-24 loss in the final rivalry game against Oklahoma State on Saturday. After the game, DraftKings moved the Sooners (7-2, 4-2 Big 12) from +4000 to +20000 to win the national title.

Gabriel completed 26 of 37 passes for 344 yards with a touchdown and an interception, and also had a mishandled snap that led to a fumble in the fourth quarter. The Cowboys recovered and went on to kick a field goal to go up 27-21.

Among the top five Heisman favorites at +1000 just two weeks ago, Dillon entered Saturday at +3500. Those odds skyrocketed to +8000 after the loss to Oklahoma State (7-2, 5-1).

Meanwhile, Sooners running back Ollie Gordon continued his surge. After rushing for 137 yards and two touchdowns in the victory, his Heisman odds shifted from +5000 to +3000. Gordon, who had only 19 carries through the Cowboys’ first three games, has now rushed for 1,115 yards and 10 touchdowns over the past six.

The matchup was the final scheduled meeting between the Bedlam rivals in a series that has been played every year since 1910. The Sooners will move to the Southeastern Conference next season.

Oklahoma State has won five consecutive games and remains tied for first place in the Big 12.

–Field Level Media

Oct 28, 2023; Lawrence, Kansas, USA; Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Dillon Gabriel (8) runs the ball against the Kansas Jayhawks during the first half at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Sooners’ title hopes, Dillon Gabriel’s Heisman odds pummeled in upset

With a rare miss from their highly accurate quarterback, the Oklahoma Sooners saw their national championship hopes dashed in Lawrence, Kan., on Saturday.

Dillon Gabriel’s Heisman Trophy aspirations also sailed away when his desperation throw to Austin Stogner on the final play of No. 6 Oklahoma’s 38-33 loss to Kansas was batted out of the back of the end zone.

Shortly after the game, DraftKings released updated odds for the Sooners, who went from +1400 to win the College Football Playoff to a +4000 longshot. Gabriel, who entered Saturday with the fifth-shortest Heisman odds at the book, skyrocketed from +1000 to +3000.

The Sooners suffered their first loss of the season, falling to 7-1. They have four regular-season games remaining, beginning with next week’s rivalry game at Oklahoma State. Oklahoma then plays host to West Virginia before traveling to BYU and returning home to face TCU.

“Turned the ball over, penalties — the timing of all of it was really poor,” Oklahoma coach Brent Venables said after the Kansas loss. “As I told them, we’re not going to be defined by any one win or any loss. We have a lot still in front of us. But this one hurts. It stings.”

Oklahoma scored 33 points on Saturday, but most of the Sooners’ offensive production came via the ground in their first loss in Lawrence since 1997.

Gabriel was 14-of-19 passing for only 171 yards and failed to throw a touchdown while being intercepted once. Oklahoma scored all five of its touchdowns on the ground, where it racked up 269 yards on 55 carries.

He had slowly crept up the Heisman boards while others fell by the wayside, entering Saturday behind only fellow quarterbacks J.J. McCarthy (+240) of Michigan, Washington’s Michael Penix Jr. (+320), LSU’s Jayden Daniels (+340) and Florida State’s Jordan Travis (+800).

However, Gabriel’s Heisman hopes all but evaporated on a cold and rainy day in Kansas.

–Field Level Media

Dec 29, 2022; Orlando, Florida, USA; Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Dillon Gabriel (8) throws a pass against the Florida State Seminoles in the fourth quarter during the 2022 Cheez-It Bowl at Camping World Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

Oklahoma QB Dillon Gabriel commits to returning

Starting quarterback Dillon Gabriel is returning for another season at Oklahoma in 2023, he announced Thursday.

“This island boy found a home in Oklahoma,” the Hawaii native wrote in a social media post.

Gabriel took over as the Sooners’ starter in 2022 upon transferring from UCF. He played in 12 of Oklahoma’s 13 games and threw for 3,168 yards, 25 touchdowns and six interceptions. He added 317 rushing yards and six scores on the ground.

Gabriel missed one game, a 49-0 blowout loss to rival Texas, after being knocked out of the prior game against TCU from a hit to the head.

Following a 35-32 loss to No. 13 Florida State in the Cheez-It Bowl, Oklahoma finished Brent Venables’ first season as coach 6-7, its worst record since 1998, the final year before Bob Stoops took over the program.

–Field Level Media

Nov 27, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; UCF Knights quarterback Dillon Gabriel (11) passes the ball during the first quarter against the South Florida Bulls at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mike Watters-USA TODAY Sports

UCF outlasts South Florida in shootout

Sophomore Dillon Gabriel passed for 336 yards and four touchdowns, leading Central Florida to a 58-46 win over host South Florida on Friday in an American Athletic Conference game at Tampa, Fla.

Jacob Harris caught three of the scoring passes for UCF (6-3, 5-3 AAC). Harris had five catches for 110 yards.

Gabriel, who also ran for a score, has thrown at least one touchdown in 22 straight games. UCF has scored at least 24 points in 48 straight games, the second-longest streak in the nation.

Jordan McCloud passed for 404 yards and four TDs for the Bulls (1-8, 0-7), who have lost eight straight games. McCloud also ran for a touchdown.

South Florida’s DeVontre Dukes and Bryce Miller caught two TD passes apiece. Miller caught 11 passes for 121 yards.

This UCF-USF rivalry series, called “The War on I-4”, is now tied 6-6 as the Knights have won four straight games.

The Knights on Friday were without leading rusher Ottis Anderson and leading receiver Marlon Williams. The duo has combined this season for 14 touchdowns and more than 1,700 scrimmage yards.

USF was without seven players, including quarterback Noah Johnson and starting corners Vincent Davis and KJ Sails.

Early on in the game, the Bulls played well. USF passed on a 42-yard field goal — a fake throw was unsuccessful — but the Bulls converted on their second possession as McCloud tossed a 23-yard touchdown pass to Dukes. That play came on third-and-15, drawing one-on-one coverage over the top.

From there, though, UCF dominated and went into halftime leading, 31-14.

UCF tied the score on Bentavious Thompson’s 27-yard run on third-and-2, and the Knights closed the first-quarter scoring on Gabriel’s 1-yard TD jump-pass to Jake Hescock.

Gabriel then tossed TD passes of 20 and 25 yards to Harris, and UCF also got a 23-yard field goal from Daniel Obarski.

USF managed a five-yard TD pass from McCloud to Bryce Miller.

USF cut its deficit to 10 points twice in the third quarter as McCloud scored on a 3-yard run and then passed 14 yards to Dukes.

But UCF answered each time as Gabriel passed 47 yards to Harris and added a 12-yard run.

In the fourth quarter, USF cut its deficit to 45-38 on Brian Battie’s 1-yard run with 10:10 left.

But UCF put the game away with TD runs by Greg McCrae (20 yards) and Thompson (2).

–Field Level Media

Sep 26, 2020; Greenville, North Carolina, USA;  UCF Knights wide receiver Marlon Williams (6) makes a first half catch against East Carolina Pirates defensive back Malik Fleming (4) and defensive back Juan Powell (14) at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Gabriel throws 4 TDs as No. 13 UCF defeats East Carolina

Central Florida quarterback Dillon Gabriel fired four touchdown passes to lead the No. 13 Knights to a 51-28 victory over East Carolina in an error-filled game Saturday afternoon in Greenville, N.C.

The Knights (2-0, 1-0 American Athletic Conference) won for the 37th time in their last 41 games behind the sophomore Hawaiian, who clicked on 32 of 47 passes for 408 yards — including a school-record 18 straight.

He connected twice on scores with former Oklahoma transfer wide receiver Jaylon Robinson (9 catches, 150 yards), while Marlon Williams added 136 yards on a career-high 13 receptions.

Gabriel has eight passing touchdowns over the first two contests and topped 400 yards in each.

Quarterback Holton Ahlers went 14 of 29 for 215 yards and three TDs, and Darius Pinnix Jr. caught a score and rushed for another for the Pirates (0-1, 0-1).

A four-touchdown underdog playing in front of approximately 300 fans, East Carolina scored on the first series when Pinnix took a swing pass 17 yards from Ahlers for a 7-0 lead to cap a 9-play, 75-yard drive.

Running back Greg McCrae finished the visitors’ own 75-yard drive on their first possession on a short run with 8:22 left, and UCF’s defense — which forced four turnovers after tallying five last week — took over.

The unit recovered two fumbles on consecutive possessions — both in the Pirates’ territory — and scored on the second when Daniel Obarski gave the Knights a lead with a 26-yard field goal and later a 13-7 edge on a 33-yarder midway through the second.

An ECU busted coverage resulted in Gabriel’s 64-yard pass to Robinson with 4:57 remaining to make it 20-7. Wisconsin tight end transfer Jake Hescock pushed it to 27-7 with a 7-yard catch near the half’s end.

While the Knights forced three turnovers and a turnover on downs, they also committed 13 penalties for 75 yards in the half — one that cost Hescock another score — and had 19 for 140 yards for the game.

Gabriel hurled an 11-yard strike to Jacob Harris early in the second half and a 9-yarder to Robinson before C.J. Johnson scored on a 37-yard pass for ECU.

In the fourth quarter, Obarski kicked another field goal, Pinnix scored again, UCF’s Johnny Richardson ripped off a 41-yard TD run and Tyler Snead scored for ECU.

–Field Level Media