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Q&A with Oklahoma’s winningest quarterback Landry Jones

by Stephanie Kuzydym Published: October 14, 2012
OU's Landry Jones (12) wears the Golden Hat Trophy with teammates OU's Trey Millard (33) and David King (90) during the Red River Rivalry at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman
OU's Landry Jones (12) wears the Golden Hat Trophy with teammates OU's Trey Millard (33) and David King (90) during the Red River Rivalry at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman
Landry Jones smiled beneath the brim of the Golden Hat.

On Oct. 13, Jones became the fourth quarterback to win three times at the Cotton Bowl, but the 63-21 rout of Oklahoma’s biggest rival, the Texas Longhorns, meant even more than making fourth on a list.

The victory gave Landry Jones his 33rd win in an Oklahoma jersey to become the Sooners winningest quarterback in program history.

Will certain OU-Texas moments always stick out to you?

“There will be certain things that will stick out. I’ll remember all the touchdown passes and all the tight competitive plays, the third-down completions. You remember those things and treasure them when you get older.”

What’s it like being 3-0 as a starter in the Cotton Bowl?

“That’s huge. That was one of the goals I remember setting in 2009. I said this to Whitney when we lost in 2009 that when I’m the starting quarterback I hope we never lose that game. It was one of the goals I wanted to do.

“At the end of my career, I’m thankful and I give all the glory to God for letting me play in this game and have success in it.”

Did you know Texas was in such a fragile state?

“We wanted to go out there and execute our game plan. You go into games and you want to play sound, tough, physical football.”

Oklahoma tweeted that Millard’s one play broke the Y button. Thoughts?

“I don’t think there’s a button on the controller for what he did. I’m sure after the last couple games there will be one.”

Surprised Texas ignored him?

“It was surprising how open he was. We’ve been doing that same kind of pass option across the field. Eventually you have to throw it to keep them honest.”

What’s the outlook going forward?

“Unfortunately, we do have one loss and there are still a lot of undefeated teams. We have to have something happen for us. Every year something is gonna happen. Something is gonna go. It’s extremely tough, especially in this league, to go undefeated. For us, we’re focused on us and our next game is Kansas.”

Is Cotton Bowl now your favorite place on earth?

“It’s one of them for sure.”

Do you think the Cotton Bowl will be a place you’ll want to visit the rest of your life?

“We actually talked about it last night and getting to come back and enjoy this game. I’ve only been here as a player. I’ve never been able to come to this game without any stress and just sit back and watch it and enjoy it.”

Players who won this game can’t wait to come back. Do those who didn’t stay away?

“I can see how whether you win or lose would factor in to whether you want to come back to this game. For me, in the future, I’m definitely gonna wanna come back and relive this.”

(h/t John Shinn)

by Stephanie Kuzydym
Reporter
Stephanie Kuzydym learned at a young age that life is a game of inches. That's just one reason why she loves football. Kuzydym joined The Oklahoman in July 2012. Before arriving in the state, Kuzydym was an intern for the sports departments at...
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