NORMAN, Oklahoma (Ticker) -- Last week's narrow escape served as a wakeup call for Oklahoma.
The third-ranked Sooners showed no mercy on Texas-El Paso, scoring early and often and rolling to a 68-0 victory for their second shutout of the season.
Oklahoma, which had to rally in the final minutes to beat Alabama, 37-27, last week, toyed with the overmatched Miners.
The Sooners posted their highest point total since a 73-3 victory over New Mexico State in the 1989 opener and their most lopsided shutout since blanking Missouri, 77-0, on November 8, 1986.
Oklahoma opened its season with a 37-0 win over Tulsa.
"It's a good win," Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said. "It's good for our chemistry. I told the guys that I didn't care who we were playing this week. The bottom line was we need to execute better and concentrate. We have to play to our potential."
UTEP (1-2) has allowed 142 points in its last two games, suffering a 77-17 drubbing to Kentucky last week. The Miners were blanked for the first time since 1996.
"They are so talented and have so much speed that we could not match up speed-wise," UTEP coach Gary Nord said.
Nate Hybl, back in as Oklahoma's starter after Jason White sustained a season-ending knee injury last week, completed 13-of-21 passes for 277 yards and two touchdowns. Backup Paul Thompson, a true freshman, replaced Hybl in the second half and connected on 6-of-10 passes for 56 yards and a TD.
"College football is a lot different than high school and you could probably tell I was nervous when I finally went in. I was so excited to play today and wanted to get a touchdown in my first game.
But UTEP may not be happy with Oklahoma's last score as Thompson tossed a 11-yard TD pass to Travis Wilson with only 27 seconds remaining.
"Playing Paul Thompson was necessary," Stoops said. "We felt it was the right thing to do. The reason to play him was to get him experience."
Quentin Griffin, who was held to three yards on nine carries against the Crimson Tide, bounced back to run for 109 yards and two TDs on 16 carries.
"It (the running game) was better than it was a week ago," Stoops said. "We're improving it every week. We had good balance. The guys executed the running game in a better way."
It took the Sooners just 64 seconds to get on the board as Hybl found Antwone Savage for a 56-yard TD pass.
Just under nine minutes later, cornerback Antonio Perkins returned an interception 50 yards to make it 14-0. The Sooners tacked on 24 points in the second period to build a 38-0 lead at the intermission.
The contest was delayed for 51 minutes in the second quarter due to a lightning storm.
Oklahoma outgained UTEP by a 549-219 margin, including a 334-126 edge on the ground.
Jon Schaper had a miserable afternoon against Oklahoma's defense, completing just 9-of-29 passes for 116 yards with two interceptions.
Hybl hit Renaldo Works for a 32-yard TD pass 28 seconds into the second period. Kejuan Jones scored on a five-yard run just 52 seconds later and Griffin's 29-yard scamper made it 35-0 with 7:12 left.
Trey DiCarlo booted a 31-yard field goal with 49 seconds remaining to give Oklahoma its 38-point halftime cushion.