NORMAN — Landry Jones' on-field production was clearly diminished after Ryan Broyles' stellar career ended prematurely with four 2011 games remaining.
But Jones' pre- and post-Broyles numbers are even more striking in games following losses.
As Sooners preparing for Saturday's game at Texas Tech — a place no OU team has left a winner since 2003 — Jones is fully aware that all eyes will be fixated on him while Oklahoma tries to bounce back from its Sept. 22 home loss to Kansas State.
“I think ... as a quarterback and as a leader on the offense, people are kind of looking at you to see how you're going to respond to a loss,” Jones said.
Because Jones has started and/or taken significant snaps since 2009, his redshirt freshman year, we have three seasons of empirical evidence to examine the senior quarterback's performances in games following losses.
When Jones has started — or come off the bench when Sam Bradford was injured, as he did in two 2009 losses — and then started the next game, the Sooners are a perfect 9-0.
Individually, Jones' post-loss performances — in total — actually represent a good sample of his career numbers.
In nine career starts after OU losses, here's Jones' average stat line:
* 24 of 37 (64.8 completion percentage) for 316 yards with 2.7 touchdowns and 0.9 interceptions.
Here's his career per-game averages:
* 26 of 41 (63.4 completion percentage) for 313 yards, 2.3 touchdowns and 1 interception.
But those numbers don't tell the whole story; Jones' numbers in games following losses were much better before Broyles' season-ending ACL tear last year.
Jones had seven post-loss starts before the NCAA's all-time receptions leader's college career ended against Texas A&M.
In those games, he threw for 2,429 yards and 24 touchdowns, with only five interceptions.
Broyles' grand totals in those seven games? Eleven touchdowns and 956 receiving yards.
In 2010 — Jones' sophomore year, when OU won the Big 12 title and the Fiesta Bowl — six of his nine post-loss touchdown passes were to Broyles.
Last season, following the Sooners' first loss, which came at home to Texas Tech, Oklahoma routed Kansas State 58-17, with Jones throwing for a school-record 505 yards to go with his five touchdowns. Broyles caught 14 passes for 171 yards and a score that day in Manhattan, Kan.
Later in the season against Iowa State and Iowa — wins that came after losses to Baylor and Oklahoma State, respectively — Jones totaled a combined 417 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions.
Jones' first opportunity to show his bounce-back ability as a senior comes Saturday. Teammates and coaches say he's been practicing well since the Kansas State loss, in which his two turnovers led to Wildcats' touchdowns.
“He's practicing the way he always does, but he's a little more vocal,” said junior center Gabe Ikard. “He's one of the best practice players I've ever played with ... very intense and detailed in practice.
“He's doing to do things the way he does them. We've got a lot of confidence in him to play well.”