Posted: Sep 2, 2012 3:03 PM
Updated: Sep 2, 2012 3:04 PM
EL PASO, Texas (AP) Oklahoma's opener didn't quite go as planned.
While the rest of the Big 12's title favorites rolled to easy victories, the fourth-ranked Sooners had to outlast a supposedly-overmatched opponent.
Oklahoma beat Texas-El Paso 24-7 Saturday night at the Sun Bowl, but needed a strong effort from its defense and a pair of touchdowns in the fourth quarter to pull it off.
The Sooners' rebuilt offensive line clearly still needs some work, quarterback Landry Jones hasn't meshed completely with his new receivers and the special teams are shaky after allowing two blocked kicks.
The defense was good, though, keeping the Miners out of the end zone all night despite giving up a few long runs.
The Sooners face Florida A&M in their home opener on Saturday.