No. 9 Oklahoma beats UTEP 45-13 in Venables’ coaching debut

by | Sep 3, 2022 | Sports

NORMAN, Okla. — New Oklahoma coach Brent Venables got emotional when athletic director Joe Castiglione presented him with the game ball and the players loudly celebrated his first career victory as a head coach. Dillon Gabriel passed for two touchdowns and ran for another and No. 9 Oklahoma rolled past UTEP 45-13 on Saturday.Venables was a full-time assistant for the previous 26 years in stints at Kansas State, Oklahoma and Clemson. He took over for the Sooners after Lincoln Riley left to take the Southern California job last December and brought energy and hope to a stunned fanbase.Then came the waiting.“In some ways, it went by really fast in that last nine months, and then in many ways, it seemed like dog years,” he said. “It’s like ‘When are we going to get to play a game?’ But everything has its time.”Now, the Sooners have taken a significant step forward.“At the end of the day, it was going to be about Oklahoma re-establishing the soul and the spirit of this program,” he said. 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.Oklahoma held UTEP to 316 total yards.“For the most part, we played a really clean game on both sides of the ball,” Venables said. Gavin Hardison passed for 244 yards, Tyrin Smith caught eight passes for 71 yards and Reynaldo Fl …

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