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                  === Sooners gut out tough win over UTEP ===
 
 El  Paso, TX (Sports Network) - Landry Jones threw for 222 yards and a pair of
 touchdowns,  as No.  4 Oklahoma  bounced back  from a  sluggish start  to down
 Texas-El Paso, 24-7, in the season opener for both teams on Saturday.
 
 Jones  completed 21-of-36  passes, while  Kenny Stills  hauled in  six catches
 for 121 yards and a touchdown in the win.
 
 The  Sooners  trailed 7-0 but  recovered to improve  to 12-2 in season openers
 under Bob Stoops.
 
 "A  little bit rough," the coach said. "I thought we had some inconsistencies.
 We were a little bit off in some areas."
 
 Damien  Williams  carried the  ball nine  times for 104  yards and a touchdown
 and  Dominique  Whaley added  54  yards  on  11  carries for  Oklahoma  (1-0),
 which finished 10-3 last season.
 
 Nick  Lamaison struggled  under center  for UTEP,  connecting on  just 6-of-23
 passes for 39 yards.
 
 Nathan  Jeffery  carried the load  with 21 rushes for  177 yards as the Miners
 (0-1)  lost for the fifth time in their last six games after skidding to a 5-7
 record in 2011.
 
 "We  had  a great opportunity  and we played our  hearts out," said UTEP coach
 Mike Price. "Our defense played tremendous."
 
 UTEP  missed a  45-yard field  goal  on its  opening series,  but the  Miners'
 special  teams  came up big on  the ensuing Oklahoma drive, as Richard Spencer
 blocked a Tress Way punt before Jeffery scooped it up and took it 24 yards for
 the touchdown and a 7-0 advantage.
 
 After  the teams  exchanged three-and-outs,  Jones  hit Stills  for a  68-yard
 touchdown pass on 3rd-and-11 to knot the game at 7-7.
 
 The  Miners' special teams unit came up big again midway through the second as
 Horace  Miller blocked a 44-yard field goal from Michael Hunnicutt to send the
 teams into the locker room locked at 7-7.
 
 Hunnicutt  buried  a 38-yard field goal  on Oklahoma's first possession of the
 second half to give the Sooners a 10-7 edge.
 
 The  Miners missed an opportunity to tie the game later in the third as Steven
 Valadez  missed  a 41-yard field goal  after Jeffery's 71-yard run set them up
 with great field position.
 
 UTEP  then faked  a punt on its  next possession, which was sniffed out by the
 Sooner defense, giving the ball back to Oklahoma at UTEP's 41-yard line.
 
 The Sooner offense quickly took advantage as Blake Bell rushed for three yards
 on  a big  3rd-and-2 before Jones found Brannon Green for an 18-yard touchdown
 strike to put the visitors in front, 17-7.
 
 After  back-to-back three-and-outs from UTEP, Oklahoma blew the game open when
 Williams  broke  free for a  65-yard touchdown surge  to account for the final
 margin.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 The  Sooners haven't  lost a season opener  on the road since 1968, going 13-0
 ...  Neither team recorded  a turnover ... UTEP had just 48 yards passing as a
 team.
 
 09/02 03:49:53 ET