MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — When all else failed, Landry Jones saved Oklahoma.
The Sooners eeked out a 50-49 win Saturday on Mountaineer Field — and kept their conference-title and BCS bowl dreams alive — because of their much-maligned senior quarterback, who polished off the finest game of his career with the finest moment, which came when the Sooners desperately needed a hero and couldn’t seem to find one.
Mike Stoops, hailed as Oklahoma’s savior when he returned as defensive coordinator? His defense was torched to the tune of 778 total yards.
Blake Bell, Jones’ heir apparent and a fan favorite? He was stuffed on third down, inside the Mountaineers’ 5-yard line with 26 seconds left and OU down 5 points.
So Oklahoma coaches turned to their Mr. Reliable, who re-entered the game on fourth down, audibled to change Kenny Stills’ route from a fade to a slant and threw a dead-on, 4-yard touchdown pass to give the Sooners the last points they’d need.
“Landry Jones, to lead those drives at the end of the game, such great precision, throwing strikes ... the receivers making tough, competitive catches,” said coach Bob Stoops. “He made great throws at important times. And the receivers, I’m so pleased. What’s helping now is Landry is confident with all of them.”
Jones finished Saturday with a school-record 554 yards and tied a career-high with six touchdown passes. He also became the third quarterback in major college football history to throw for at least 3,000 yards in four straight seasons.