Landry Jones’ status is like a volatile stock market. Up, down. Up, down. One week, OU fans want him benched; the next week, Landry shows you why he was considered a first-round draft pick. One week, he’s clearly the reason the Sooners lost; the next week, he’s setting more significant records.
Which brings us to Texas Week. Coming off a 41-20 rout of Texas Tech, Landry is back on the positive side of the scale. With a chance to do something even greater in the annals of Sooner football.
Landry can join the exclusive 3-0 Club against Texas. Landry has started two straight victories over the Longhorns. He lost that 2009 game, 16-13, but Landry didn’t start that game. Sam Bradford started and was knocked out in the first half. So, right or wrong, that game goes on Bradford’s slate.
In OU history, here are the quarterbacks who are 3-0 against Texas: Jimmy Harris, Steve Davis, Jamelle Holieway. All were national championship quarterbacks, a status Landry isn’t likely to achieve. And yes, Landry is lucky to have caught the Longhorns during a downswing, much like Harris did.
Holieway and Davis swept good but not great Texas teams. Which is sort of a self-fulfilling definition. Lose the OU-Texas game, and by definition you’re not great.
But still, a 3-0 record against Texas would be a solid niche in Landry’s belt.
Here are the records of OU quarterbacks who started three games against the Longhorns:
3-0: Jimmy Harris, Steve Davis, Jamelle Holieway.
1-1-1: Thomas Lott.
1-2: Bobby Warmack, Jack Mildren, Cale Gundy, Sam Bradford.
Here are the Texas records of QBs who started at least three games:
4-0: Peter Gardere.
3-1: Colt McCoy.
2-1: Major Applewhite.
2-1-1: James Brown.
0-3: Marty Akins, Bret Stafford.
Landry against Tech completed 25 of 40 passes against Tech, for 259 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. It was exactly what Landry needed.
“It was good,” Landry said. “I think we’ve played up near to where we’re capable of playing today, both offense and defense. I don’t know, just really felt like we did a good job on both sides of the ball and just building confidence going into Texas. Really good team, good defense, good offense, really capable of doing a lot of good things. So to have a game like this and to have that momentum going into next week is nice.”