Nov 11, 2023; Norman, Oklahoma, USA;  Oklahoma Sooners wide receiver Nic Anderson (4) runs with the ball as West Virginia Mountaineers linebacker Ben Cutter (15) defends during the first quarter at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Dillon Gabriel accounts for 8 TDs as No. 17 Oklahoma crushes West Virginia

Dillon Gabriel threw for a season-high 423 yards and five touchdowns and ran for three more as No. 17 Oklahoma beat West Virginia 59-20 on Saturday in Norman, Okla.

Gabriel’s eight combined passing/rushing touchdowns set a school record, besting the previous record of seven set by Kyler Murray and Baker Mayfield.

The win snapped a two-game losing streak and kept the Sooners (8-2, 5-2 Big 12) in the hunt for a berth in the Big 12 Championship game with two games remaining, though Oklahoma still doesn’t control its destiny.

Gabriel moved into 10th place in NCAA career passing yards, passing Marshall’s Rakeem Cato for 11th with his first completion of the second half — a 60-yard touchdown to Drake Stoops and then Hawaii’s Colt Brennan with a 12-yard completion to Stoops late in the third quarter.

Stoops finished with 10 catches for 164 yards and three touchdowns. Stoops has set career highs in receiving yards in back-to-back games.

Nic Anderson had four catches for 119 yards and Gavin Sawchuk ran for 135 yards as Oklahoma outgained the Mountaineers 644-330. The Sooners’ offensive production was its highest of the season.

West Virginia (6-4, 4-3) had its two-game winning streak snapped.

Garrett Greene was 10-of-27 for 154 yards and two touchdowns for West Virginia.
The Mountaineers got off to a quick start, scoring in just more than a minute to get the game started.

But from there, the Sooners took over.

Oklahoma scored the game’s next 31 points to build a comfortable lead by the second quarter.

Gabriel scored the first two touchdowns himself, with a pair of short runs.

While the Sooners’ offense heated up, the defense bounced back strong from the initial troubles.

After its first drive, West Virginia didn’t record another first down until late in the second quarter, and by the time the Mountaineers did get a first down, the Sooners were up 31-7.

West Virginia stayed in the game until late in the third quarter, when Stoops caught his second of three touchdowns to put the Sooners up 45-20.

–Field Level Media

Oklahoma's Dillon Gabriel (8) warms up before 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.

QB uncertain No. 17 Oklahoma will respond vs WVU

With three games to play, West Virginia and Oklahoma are on the edge of the race for a berth in the Big 12 Championship Game.

Even so, the teams are in much different places entering a matchup Saturday in Norman, Okla.

West Virginia (6-3, 4-2 Big 12) has built some momentum in recent weeks, winning back-to-back games.

“I think we’re starting to hit our stride,” Mountaineers coach Neal Brown said. “I think the story of this season is far from written.”

It’s a significant turnaround from West Virginia’s two-game losing streak in October.

No. 17 Oklahoma (7-2, 4-2) dropped back-to-back, one-possession games — a 38-33 loss to Kansas on Oct. 28 and a 27-24 loss to Oklahoma State last weekend in the expected finale of the Bedlam series.

Sooners quarterback Dillon Gabriel said he hopes the team will respond after falling out of the College Football Playoff race.

“I don’t know yet,” Gabriel said. “I think we’ll know come Saturday. That’ll be a big deciding factor in how we respond.”

For the Sooners, the biggest recent difference has been turnovers.

During its 7-0 start, Oklahoma had five turnovers.

In the consecutive losses leading into this matchup, the Sooners have six giveaways — four fumbles and two interceptions.

“When you turn the ball over, everything else just gets highlighted all the other mistakes that are there, even through 7-0 – nobody’s seeing that,” Oklahoma coach Brent Venables said.

West Virginia comes in with the No. 7 rushing offense in the country, averaging 218 yards per game.

In their previous two games, the Mountaineers have averaged 311 rushing yards. West Virginia leading rusher CJ Donaldson has rushed for 223 yards in that span while Jaheim White has rushed for 231.

“They have good chemistry out there on the field when you watch them,” Venables said, noting his belief that the Mountaineers’ line is the strength of its offense.. “They have a lot of pre-snap communication. They don’t turn people loose. They do a great job of protecting the passer.”

Last season, West Virginia beat the Sooners for the first time in the Big 12 era, 23-20, in Morgantown on a last-second field goal. Oklahoma is 7-1 all-time against the Mountaineers in Norman.

The Mountaineers have been without starting right tackle Doug Nester and wide receiver Hudson Clement in recent weeks.

Brown said Nester was closing in on returning while Clement, who has missed the last two games with an ankle injury, could’ve been used against BYU had it been absolutely necessary but that he still wasn’t fully healthy.

Oklahoma has it own injury concerns.

Weakside linebacker Danny Stutsman, the Sooners’ leading tackler, missed last week’s game with an ankle injury while running back Tawee Walker played sparingly against the Cowboys. He suffered a leg injury the week before against Kansas.

Venables was hopeful both would be ready Saturday, along with cornerback Gentry Williams, who suffered a shoulder injury against Oklahoma State.

–Field Level Media

Nov 4, 2023; Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA; Oklahoma State Cowboys quarterback Alan Bowman (7) throws a pass over Oklahoma Sooners defensive lineman Jonah Laulu (8) during a game at Boone Pickens Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bryan Terry-USA TODAY Sports

No. 22 Oklahoma St. takes down No. 9 Oklahoma, capping Bedlam Series

Ollie Gordon rushed for 137 yards and two touchdowns to give host and 22nd-ranked Oklahoma State a 27-24 win over No. 9 Oklahoma on Saturday in Stillwater, Okla.

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 (7-2, 5-1 Big 12) has won five consecutive games and remains tied for first place in the Big 12.

Oklahoma (7-2, 4-2) has dropped back-to-back games after winning its first seven.

The Sooners got the ball back with 1:53 left in the game but couldn’t tie or take the lead.

Drake Stoops was stopped 2 yards short of the first-down marker on fourth-and-5, giving the ball back to the Cowboys with 1:01 remaining and effectively ending the game.

The stop ended a career day for Stoops, who finished with 12 catches for 134 yards and a touchdown.

Oklahoma State quarterback Alan Bowman threw for 334 yards on 28-for-42 passing, while Rashod Owens had 10 catches for 136 yards.

The Cowboys trailed entering the fourth quarter but took the lead at 24-21 on Gordon’s 1-yard rushing TD that capped a 97-yard drive.

Sooners quarterback Dillon Gabriel couldn’t handle the snap on the first play of the next drive, and Oklahoma State recovered the fumble.

The Cowboys couldn’t move much offensively, but Alex Hale kicked a 34-yard field goal to make it 27-21.

Oklahoma’s Zach Schmit made a 36-yard field goal with 4:48 remaining. The Sooners then made a defensive stop to get the ball back, leading to the play in which Stoops came up short.

Gavin Sawchuk finished with 13 carries for a career-high 111 yards and a touchdown for the Sooners, who outgained Oklahoma State 492-480.

Oklahoma turned the ball over three times in the loss, leading to 10 Cowboys points.

Oklahoma State struck first on Gordon’s 20-yard scoring run that capped the game’s first drive.

It didn’t take long for the Sooners to respond, as Sawchuk broke off for a 64-yard touchdown run on Oklahoma’s third play from scrimmage to tie things at 7-7.

But then the Sooners’ offense went dormant for a bit as the Cowboys kept moving.

On the first play of the second quarter, Bowman rushed to the end zone from 13 yards out to put Oklahoma State back in front.

After holding the Sooners to another three-and-out, Bowman quickly led the Cowboys deep into Oklahoma territory again, though the drive stalled before Hale’s 36-yard field goal put Oklahoma State ahead 17-7.

Gabriel completed 26 of 37 passes for 344 yards with a TD and an interception for the Sooners.

–Field Level Media

Oct 21, 2023; Morgantown, West Virginia, USA; Oklahoma State Cowboys running back Ollie Gordon II (0) celebrates with fans after defeating the West Virginia Mountaineers at Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports

One last Bedlam before hiatus for No. 9 Oklahoma, No. 22 Oklahoma St.

Every college football season since 1910 has featured an Oklahoma-Oklahoma State matchup.

Saturday’s showdown between the ninth-ranked Sooners and the 22nd-ranked Cowboys in Stillwater, Okla., though, will be the last Bedlam matchup in the foreseeable future.

The series will not continue, at least for now, after Oklahoma makes the jump from the Big 12 to the Southeastern Conference next season.

While there’s plenty to be said about the series’ history, this year’s edition is plenty important without that backdrop. The teams are part of a five-way tie atop the Big 12 standings.

The Sooners (7-1, 4-1 Big 12) are coming off a 38-33 road loss to Kansas while the Cowboys (6-2, 4-1) beat visiting Cincinnati 45-13 last week.

Oklahoma State has won four consecutive games since a 2-2 start.

A big part of the Cowboys’ recent success has been sophomore running back Ollie Gordon II, who leads the nation with 1,087 rushing yards. Gordon has run for 553 yards and six touchdowns over the last two games.

“If we don’t tackle better than we did last week, Gordon’s going to pull away from the pack when it comes to college football and rushing,” Sooners coach Brent Venables said. “He can run right through you and he can run right by you. His patience for a big guy is something that’s a little different.”

This year, defensive lineman Trace Ford will be on the other side of the rivalry. After spending the last four seasons with the Cowboys, Ford transferred to Oklahoma.

“I get to finally talk trash to him,” said Oklahoma State linebacker Collin Oliver, who remains friends with his former teammate. “I haven’t been able to do it in all my years of knowing him, so this is going to be the first time of getting to do that. I hope I see him after the game as well.”

Ford has become a bigger piece of the Sooners’ defensive line in recent weeks.

Oklahoma’s offense has been potent this season, ranking seventh nationally in total offense at 489.8 yards per game.

A big part of that has been on the shoulders of quarterback Dillon Gabriel, who has thrown for 2,302 yards and 19 touchdowns with four interceptions. He also has run for eight touchdowns.

“Is he gonna take off like the guy at Kansas or Kansas State and just blindingly take off for 80 yards? Haven’t seen that,” Cowboys coach Mike Gundy said. “But he’s an effective runner who loves to run the ball inside the 10-yard line. He likes to play physical. You have to give him credit for his willingness to compete and give his body up, which is what I see from him.”

Oklahoma has dominated the series history, going 91-19-7 against the Cowboys.

The Sooners have won seven of the last eight, including a 28-13 home victory last year.

The Cowboys’ lone win in that span came the last time the teams met in Stillwater, a 37-33 Oklahoma State victory to end the 2021 regular season in what wound up being Lincoln Riley’s final game as the Sooners’ coach before he departed for Southern California.

–Field Level Media

Oct 21, 2023; Norman, Oklahoma, USA;  Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Dillon Gabriel (8) throws during the second quarter against the UCF Knights at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Dillon Gabriel leads No. 6 Oklahoma past his former school, UCF

Dillon Gabriel threw for 253 yards and three touchdowns against his former school as No. 6 Oklahoma avoided an upset with a 31-29 come-from-behind victory over UCF on Saturday in Norman, Okla.

The game came down to a failed two-point conversion try with 1:16 left after John Rhys Plumlee hit Javon Baker for a 12-yard touchdown to pull the Knights within two.

UCF tried to pass the ball after a lateral on the conversion, but the Sooners snuffed it out to maintain the lead, then recovered the onside kick to put the game away.

After the Sooners extended their lead to 31-23 on Gavin Sawchuk’s 30-yard touchdown run with 3:13 left, the Knights kept it interesting.

UCF drove to the Oklahoma 12, where the Sooners stopped the Knights on three consecutive pass plays before Baker’s touchdown.

Baker finished with five catches for 134 yards and two touchdowns. Plumlee was 16 of 30 for 248 yards and two TDs.
Gabriel played for UCF, then of the American Athletic Conference, from 2019-21 before transferring to Oklahoma in 2022. UCF is now a member of the Big 12.

Oklahoma (7-0, 4-0 Big 12) trailed 23-17 after three quarters, then regained the lead on Drake Stoops’ 11-yard touchdown reception with 9:16 left. The Sooners extended their lead to eight on Sawchuk’s score.

After the game was dominated by the defenses for much of the first half, the offenses finally awoke just before halftime.

With UCF leading 10-7, Gabriel hit Nic Anderson for a 42-yard touchdown reception to put the Sooners back in front.

The touchdown was Anderson’s second of the day and his team-high eighth of the season.

Moments later, Plumlee scrambled to his left and when Sooners cornerback Woodi Washington came up to try to make a play on him, the UCF quarterback floated a pass over Washington to Baker for an 86-yard touchdown with 1:24 remaining.

Gabriel once again engineered a quick drive, thanks in part to a pair of pass interference calls against the Knights (3-4, 0-4), including one in the closing seconds that wiped out what would have been an interception.

Zach Schmit then hit a 25-yard field goal to end the half with the game tied 17-17.

Schmit had earlier missed two field goals.

Anderson finished with five catches for 105 yards and two scores.

–Field Level Media

Oct 7, 2023; Dallas, Texas, USA; Oklahoma Sooners wide receiver Andrel Anthony (5) fights for yardage against the Texas Longhorns at the Cotton Bowl. This game makes up the 119th rivalry match up. Mandatory Credit: Ricardo B. Brazziell-USA TODAY Sports

Oklahoma WR Andrel Anthony (knee) out for season

The No. 5 Oklahoma Sooners, coming off their biggest win of the year, will have to finish the season without their leading receiver.

Andrel Anthony sustained a knee injury as Oklahoma beat then-No. 3 Texas on Saturday in Dallas, and he needs a season-ending operation, coach Brent Venables said Monday.

“It’s tough,” Venables said. “Hate it for him. We have other guys. Hate it for Andrel, how hard he’s worked. We got to 6-0, he had a big part in helping us get there. But all of his best football is still in front of him.

“He’ll have a great career on the back end of this surgery. Doesn’t have much swelling, so that usually means it’s a little quicker recovery for him. So, hate it for him, but this gets some other guys an opportunity.”

The junior had five receptions for 42 yards against the Longhorns, raising his season totals to 27 catches for 429 yards and a touchdown.

He played the previous two seasons for Michigan in his home state, amassing 19 receptions for 328 yards and four touchdowns in 26 games.

Anthony posted Monday on X, “it’s all God’s plan.. Romans 8:18.. ‘I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.’ Thank you for the love and support sooner nation #boomer”

Sooners right guard McKade Mettauer came out of the Texas game because of an ankle sprain. Venables didn’t specify when Mettauer might be back in action, adding that it might be “sooner rather than later.”

Oklahoma has a bye week before playing host to UCF on Oct. 21.

–Field Level Media

Oklahoma fans cheer during the Red River Rivalry college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the University of Texas (UT) Longhorns at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2023. Oklahoma won 34-30.

Oklahoma and Louisville soar, Notre Dame plummets in AP Top 25

Oklahoma’s big win over Texas in the Red River Rivalry and Notre Dame’s big loss in prime time on Saturday shuffled the Associated Press Top 25 poll, released Sunday.

Georgia remained No. 1 for the seventh consecutive week and secured 50 of 63 first-place votes after defeating Kentucky 51-13. No. 2 Michigan (11 first-place votes) held steady after a rout of Minnesota, and No. 3 Ohio State and No. 4 Florida State each moved up a spot and grabbed a first-place vote after lopsided wins over conference foes.

The Sooners, who defeated previously No. 3 Texas 34-30 with a final-minute touchdown, were one of the week’s biggest risers, climbing seven spots to No. 5 and joining Georgia and Michigan at 6-0. Ohio State and Florida State are 5-0.

No. 6 Penn State, No. 7 Washington and No. 8 Oregon, all idle and 5-0, retained their rankings from last week. Texas (5-1) slid to No. 9, while Southern California (6-0) dropped a place to No. 10 after a three-overtime win over Arizona.

Alabama (5-1) held at No. 11, and North Carolina (5-0) and Ole Miss (5-1) each used wins to move up to Nos. 12 and 13, respectively.

Then came Louisville (6-0), which eked into the poll last week at No. 25 but advanced 11 spots to No. 14 after defeating visiting Notre Dame 33-20. The Irish (5-2) plummeted out of the Top 10, falling 11 places to No. 21. Louisville’s win ended Notre Dame’s 30-game, regular-season winning streak against teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference.

The voters penalized Miami (4-1) for its inexplicable last-minute decision not to take a knee and run out the clock with 36 seconds left at the Georgia Tech 30. Instead, the Hurricanes ran a play, turned the ball over on a fumble and allowed the Yellow Jackets to score with 2 seconds left, handing Miami a 23-20 conference loss.

Washington State (4-1) tumbled six places to No. 19 after a 25-17 loss to UCLA, and Kentucky dropped four spots to No. 24 after the big defeat by Georgia.

Moving into the poll at No. 23 was Kansas (5-1) following its victory over UCF. Moving out was Missouri, last week’s No. 21, which fell to LSU.

–Field Level Media

Oklahoma's Dillon Gabriel (8) warms up before an NCAA football game between University of Oklahoma (OU) and Iowa State at the Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla., on Saturday, Sept. 30, 2023.

Texas vs. Oklahoma: Preview, Prop Pick and Prediction

Finally, entering their sixth game, the No. 12 Oklahoma Sooners have a chance to show whether they belong in the College Football Playoff conversation as they meet the No. 3 Texas Longhorns in Dallas.

The Longhorns passed their big early-season test, stopping then-No. 3 Alabama 34-24, and are they rolling into the schools’ final Red River Rivalry game as Big 12 members.

Both schools are leaving for the Southeastern Conference beginning next season.

Unbeaten and relatively untested, Oklahoma (5-0, 2-0 Big 12) seeks a reversal from last year’s meeting with Texas, a 49-0 Longhorns victory in which Sooners starting quarterback Dillon Gabriel did not play due to injury.

Gabriel is healthy and ready for Saturday, though, and Longhorns quarterback Quinn Ewers needs to stay sharp to give Texas (5-0, 2-0) a chance to cover the 6.5-point spread.

Is there betting value on underdog Oklahoma? The Sooners have improved week to week and appear primed for a big performance.

Or is there more value on the total?

We have news, trends and quotes — along with our game prediction with a best bet as well as a prop pick for good measure.

–Kickoff: Noon, ET
–Television: ABC
–Location: Cotton Bowl Stadium, Dallas
–Point Spread, Total: Texas -6.5, Total 60.5


This feels like a classic edition is coming, with the rewards for the quarterback who makes fewer mistakes.

Combined, these offenses have accounted for 27 touchdown passes with only three interceptions, clearing the way for the better defense to take the spotlight.

Gabriel, a senior, may find some big-game jitters. Ewers seemed to exorcise his demons against Alabama and should provide more stability.

Both defenses rank in the top 12 nationally in points allowed per game, in the top 10 in third-down defense, in the top 20 in turnover margin and in the top 30 in total defense.

Lost amid the offensive fireworks displayed by the Sooners is the fact they have held opponents to 11 points or fewer in three of their five games.

Oklahoma coach Brent Venables has turned the defense around, not unexpected given his previous work as Clemson’s defensive coordinator.

The Sooners should be able to dramatically slow the Texas ground game and show Ewers and the Longhorns plenty of elite schemes and looks.

Texas coach Steve Sarkisian, meanwhile, has a wealth of tools to employ. His in-game adjustments figure to be just enough to push his Longhorns to 6-0 with the national title very much in reach.

However, 6.5 points is a little too much in a neutral-site game, with attendance split on the 50-yard line.

The pick: Texas 31, Oklahoma 26
The bet: Under 60.5


Last season, Ewers threw for 289 yards and four touchdowns with one interception against Oklahoma.

He has been excellent this season, completing 66 percent of his passes for 1,358 yards, 10 touchdowns and one interception. Ewers also has run for five scores.

Gabriel has put up even better numbers, albeit against the likes of Arkansas State, SMU, Tulsa, Cincinnati and Iowa State. That said, Gabriel has hit on 75.2 percent of his passes for 1,593 yards.

No doubt, Gabriel has seen plenty of potential trouble watching Longhorns video this week.

“They’re very physical,” Gabriel said of the Longhorns’ defense. “They’ve been dominant in their first five games. Just have been playing really good football, so it’ll be a great challenge.”

Gabriel threw 25 TD passes last season, and he already has 15 touchdown tosses — with only two interceptions — this season. He has four rushing scores, which leads the Sooners.


“Coach Venables, he’d been doing it too long at too high of a level to think they weren’t going to get that thing fixed. I told you last year that he would.”

–Texas coach Steve Sarkisian on Oklahoma coach Brent Venables’ defense.


According to Action Network numbers, Oklahoma tops the nation in stuff rate, sits third in defensive line yards and is 10th in expected points added per rush.

The Sooners are a perfect 5-0 against the spread, and they should show enough to slow the Longhorns’ attack, or at least create the need for adjustments during the first half.

Texas, meanwhile, has gathered momentum after its victory in Tuscaloosa, suffocating its next three opponents (Wyoming, 31-10; at Baylor, 38-6; Kansas, 40-14).

The Longhorns’ defense has set the tone early, too, holding its five opponents to first-half outputs of 3, 6, 7, 6 and 7 points.

The prop: Texas -2.5 for the full game, parlayed to the under 31.5 points in the first half (+130 at BetMGM)

–Field Level Media

Oklahoma's Dillon Gabriel (8) runs the ball and jumps over Iowa State's Ben Nikkel (18) to score a touchdown in the first quarter during an NCAA football game between University of Oklahoma (OU) and Iowa State at the Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla., on Saturday, Sept. 30, 2023.

No. 14 Oklahoma scores 29 unanswered to rout Iowa St.

Dillon Gabriel threw for 366 yards and three touchdowns and ran for two more as No. 14 Oklahoma beat visiting Iowa State 50-20 on Saturday in Norman, Okla.

The Sooners (5-0, 2-0 Big 12) scored the last 29 points of the game after Iowa State cut it to a one-point game early in the second quarter.

It was the most passing yards given up by the Cyclones (2-3, 1-1) in nearly two years.

Jalil Farooq led the Sooners with five catches for 81 yards.

The Sooners led 21-10 after the first quarter thanks to a 44-yard interception return for a touchdown by Billy Bowman, Gabriel’s first rushing touchdown, and a 39-yard touchdown pass from Gabriel to Nic Anderson.

But the Cyclones came back over the next six minutes, pulling to within one on Chase Contreraz’s 48-yard field goal at 9:06 before halftime.

From there, though, the Sooners took control.

Gabriel hit Farooq for a 49-yard gain to set up his own 6-yard touchdown run, then Peyton Bowen’s blocked punt resulted in a safety to stretch the lead.

Oklahoma followed that up with a field goal and then Gabriel hit Drake Stoops for a touchdown in the final seconds of the second quarter to send the Sooners into halftime up 40-20.

Stoops’ touchdown was set up by Gentry Williams’ interception — Oklahoma’s 10th of the season.

Then Oklahoma kept it going coming out of halftime, as Gabriel hit Jayden Gibson for a 41-yard touchdown to stretch the lead to 47-20 and make Gabriel the first 300-yard passer against Iowa State since late in the 2021 season.

Rocco Becht finished 15 of 33 for 188 yards and two touchdowns — with two interceptions — for the Cyclones. More than half of those yards — 118 — came on his two touchdown passes.

After posting 270 yards in the first half, Iowa State managed just 82 yards of offense in the second half — only 29 on the ground.

Oklahoma outgained the Cyclones 523-352 overall.

Jayden Higgins, who scored on a 67-yard reception, led Iowa State with three catches for 91 yards.

–Field Level Media

Sep 16, 2023; Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA; Oklahoma's Andrel Anthony (5) catches a pass for a first down in the first quarter against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane at Skelly Field at H.A. Chapman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Nathan J. Fish-USA TODAY Sports

Dillon Gabriel, No. 19 Oklahoma blast Tulsa

Dillon Gabriel threw for 421 yards and five touchdowns as No. 19 Oklahoma beat host Tulsa 66-17 on Saturday.

The Sooners had three players finish with over 100 yards receiving, including Nic Anderson, who had three catches — all for touchdowns — for 120 yards.

Jalil Farooq led the Sooners with six catches for 126 yards and a score while Andrel Anthony added four receptions for 112 yards.

Oklahoma also shined defensively, recording five interceptions.

The Sooners (3-0) took control early, recovering from a fumble on the opening kickoff return.

Oklahoma intercepted Tulsa starting quarterback Roman Fuller three times in the first quarter, leading to Sooners touchdowns each time.

Gentry Williams got the turnover roll going for Oklahoma with an interception less than two minutes into the game, and the Sooners immediately pushed the ball down the field, with Gabriel hitting Anthony for a 55-yard gain before finding Farooq for a 34-yard touchdown to put Oklahoma in front.

After not recording a passing play longer than 29 yards in last week’s win over SMU, the Sooners had seven such plays against Tulsa.

With the Sooners leading 14-0 later in the first, Oklahoma linebacker Danny Stutsman picked off Fuller’s pass and returned it 30 yards for a touchdown.

Fuller was picked off again on the next drive, this time by Kendel Dolby, and five plays later Gabriel hit Drake Stoops for Stoops’ second touchdown of the game to put the Sooners up 28-0.

After the third interception, Fuller was replaced by Cardell Williams.

Williams immediately injected some life into Tulsa’s offense, leading an 11-play, 75-yard touchdown drive after the Sooners had outgained the Golden Hurricane 213-40 before the switch.

Tulsa (1-2) scored another touchdown on its next drive, cutting the deficit to 35-14, but from there, the Sooners stretched the lead once again and cruised the rest of the way.

Williams finished 11-of-17 passing for 196 yards and two touchdowns with two interceptions.

The Sooners outscored Tulsa 28-3 after halftime.

Oklahoma outgained Tulsa 595-292.

–Field Level Media