Dillon Gabriel was one of the few Oklahoma Sooners players to have a solid day against the Oklahoma State Cowboys on Saturday. The Sooners quarterback completed 70% of his passes for 344 yards and had one touchdown but also one interception.
Surprisingly, Gabriel wasn’t asked to run the ball very much. Only running the ball four times for -7 yards, but most of that wasn’t actual quarterback run plays. During the game, the Sooners had two snap-related turnovers from three-year starter Andrew Raym.
One of which was a little high but running back Jovantae Barnes could have caught it. The other was at a pivotal point in the game and hit Gabriel in the shins resulting in a field goal for the Cowboys.
Gabriel talked to the media after the game about those snap-related turnovers. “Just didn’t catch the ball,” Gabriel said. “Fumbled it, and they get the ball. Just can’t happen.”
Those two plays resulted in two of Oklahoma’s three turnovers. The other was a deep ball Gabriel threw into double coverage targeting Brenen Thompson. The ball was underthrown, but Gabriel did get hit as he threw. This marks back-to-back weeks the Sooners have turned it over three times.
Gabriel was asked about all of the mistakes the team has been making. “I don’t know,” Gabriel said. “I wish we knew the answer so we could fix it. We’ve just got a lot of issues.”
If Oklahoma wants to salvage the season and still be a double-digit win team, they better find the answers to those questions.