Dillon Gabriel, Oklahoma’s quarterback, left Saturday’s 55-24 loss against TCU with what seemed to be a head injury sustained on a late hit. During a scramble early in the second quarter, Gabriel sought to slide and was smacked square in the head by Horned Frogs defender Jamoi Hodge.
The impact was so great that Gabriel’s head bounced off the floor. Hodge was dismissed from the game for targeting and was given a penalty for unnecessary roughness, but Gabriel was uninjured and allowed to leave the field on his own.
TCU defender Jamoi Hodge was ejected for this hit on Dillon Gabriel
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After the play, backup quarterback Davis Beville entered the game in place of Gabriel. Beville, who has completed 22 of 34 career throws for 251 yards with one touchdown and one interception, entered the game with a.625 passer rating.
Sooners head coach Brent Venables announced after the game that Gabriel is undergoing testing as part of the team’s concussion protocol. Jovontae Barnes, Oklahoma’s running back, made up for the risky hit by rushing for 20 yards and a touchdown a few plays later.
Even without Gabriel, who had completed 7 of 16 passes for 126 yards at the time of his injury, the Sooners labored all day and suffered their worst conference loss in eight years. TCU’s quarterback, Max Duggan, threw for five touchdowns as the Frogs outgained Oklahoma, 668-355.
After starting the season as Brandon Wimbush’s backup at UCF, Gabriel took over the starting job for the remaining 12 games of the season, leading the Knights to a 10-3 record and a 48-25 victory over Marshall in the Gasparilla Bowl. He was successful in 236 of 398 pass attempts this season for 3,653 yards, 29 scores, and 7 picks.
Gabriel completed 21 of 45 passes for 217 yards and 2 touchdowns as the Knights went 6-4 and played in the Boca Raton Bowl, where they lost 49-23 in his second season. Gabriel was hurt during the final play of the regular season game on September 17, 2021, when the Knights were trying to win the game with a miraculous touchdown pass on a multi-lateral play.
After the game, Gabriel’s shoulder was X-rayed and he has dragged off the field. A broken left clavicle, for which surgery is not required, has terminated his season prematurely. Gabriel made the decision to leave UCF public on November 27, 2021, via social media.
Gabriel’s first declaration of transfer to UCLA was made on December 16th, 2021. (UCLA). Gabriel, however, changed his mind in a matter of weeks, and on January 3, 2022, he revealed that he would be transferring to the University of Oklahoma.