NORMAN â€” Landry Jones might want to rent â€œVarsity Bluesâ€ this week. So when throwing the ball away next game he can channel â€œMoxâ€ and pelt Herbie Husker's enormous head instead of floating a pick to Prince Amukamara.
Twice, Jones was intercepted by Oklahoma State while trying to unload a pass to the sidelines. He also telegraphed another pass via Western Union that OSU's Shaun Lewis intercepted for a touchdown.
At times, Oklahoma's mild-mannered sophomore quarterback can sure wear you out.
But he's developing into one tremendous quarterback.
Jones has now thrown for 34 touchdowns and almost 4,000 yards. Has now defeated Texas, OSU and will gun for the trifecta Saturday against Nebraska. Has levied a compelling claim the last three-and-a-half games he's the Big 12's best.
â€œLandry stepped up and really delivered some great balls in some tough, important situations,â€ Bob Stoops said postgame Saturday night.
Truth is, while the Sooners almost lost because of Jones, they couldn't have defeated OSU without him.
Jones' first-half interceptions were killers, leading directly to 10 points that kept the Pokes in the fight even though OU was landing the punches.
â€œThey're a good team, and they were going to make their plays,â€ Stoops said. â€œThe important thing is to stay after it. You're still going to have opportunities to make your plays. Maybe he's getting that. Just hang in there, keep playing with confidence.â€
Despite his early miscues, Jones kept passing with confidence. Then, was nothing short of special in the fourth quarter of the biggest game of his career.
After punting their first two possessions, the Sooners came up with points on their final five, thanks to big throw after big throw by Jones on third downs that allowed OU to keep scoring while keeping OSU's offense off the field.