Oklahoma football: Landry Jones leads rare drive
Not too often in the Bob Stoops era have the Sooners staged a rally in the final two minutes to win. For one thing, they’re usually ahead. NFL quarterbacks get such an opportunity 5-6 times a year. Landry Jones has had the opportunity only five times in his OU career.
But Landry delivered, taking the Sooners to the game-winning touchdown over the final 2:53 to beat West Virginia 50-49 Saturday night.
Landry was superb down the stretch — he completed nine of 10 passes for 135 yards in the final two drives over the last seven minutes, both of which came with OU trailing.
“It’s just a confidence booster,” Landry said. “I don’t know if I’ve ever doubted myself in those situations. Those situations, it’s just a matter of executing football. It’s not any different than any other situation.”
We’ve actually seen it before. Landry did something similar last November at Baylor. Down 38-24 in the fourth quarter, Landry took OU on two touchdown drives. The Sooners went 75 yards in seven plays, scoring with 5:55 left. On that drive, Landry completed three of four passes for 46 yards. Then the Sooners went 77 yards in 10 plays, scoring with 0:51 left. On that drive, Landry completed six of seven for 53 yards.
But two major differences between Waco and West Virginia. At Baylor, both OU scoring drives ended with Blake Bell runs out of the Belldozer. And after the comeback, Robert Griffin III weaved his magic and threw a 34-yard touchdown pass with eight seconds left for a 45-38 victory.
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