Oxford United had the better chances but were held to an uninspiring goalless draw with Torquay.
Billy Bodin was denied by U's keeper Ryan Clarke late in the first half.
But after the break, Oxford should have scored with visiting goalkeeper Martin Rice denying Peter Leven twice and James Constable, who also blazed another shot over the bar.
Andy Whing went closest to a winner but his header hit the post to leave Oxford 17th in the League Two table.
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Torquay United manager Martin Ling told BBC Radio Devon:
"It certainly wasn't pretty, we were on the back foot for a lot of the game.
"There were players out there that put their bodies on the line. I thought the two centre-halves were outstanding and I thought Martin Rice had a superb league debut.
"We got away with a point. We didn't create much at all and we looked a little bit toothless without Rene Howe.
"But everyone can be proud of their efforts and workrate today."
Oxford Utd 01 Clarke 06 Wright 16 Whing 25 Mullins 08 Heslop (Chapman - 81' ) 14 Rigg 19 Cox Booked 20 Leven 26 Davis 09 Constable 29 Craddock (Pittman - 46' ) Substitutes 21 Brown 04 Raynes 17 Capaldi 07 Chapman 18 Forster-Caskey 11 Pittman 28 Marsh Torquay 13 Rice 02 Oastler 03 Nicholson 04 Downes 05 Saah 06 Lathrope (Yeoman - 74' ) 07 Mansell 15 Bodin 18 Easton 20 Craig 08 Jarvis (Thompson - 68' ) Substitutes 33 Thompson 12 Leadbitter 21 Cruise 30 Mackenzie 17 Halpin 29 Thompson 23 Yeoman
Ref: Robert Madley