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OU quarterback Landry Jones deserved to bask in glow of Sooners victory

There was one big difference in the performance of University of Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones in this year's version of the OU-Texas game. The lack of turnovers. Jones threw for 236 yards and two touchdowns on Saturday to lead OU to a 28-20 victory.
by Jenni Carlson Modified: October 7, 2010 at 2:37 pm •  Published: October 2, 2010

DALLAS — Landry Jones walked triumphant across the Cotton Bowl turf, his hand raised in thanks to the celebrating crimson-and-cream throng.

Then, he flashed the down horns.

Flashed a big grin, too.

The Sooner quarterback deserved to bask in the glow of Red River revelry. On an afternoon defined by Texas missteps, this was an outcome determined by Jones and the Oklahoma offense. They took advantage of opportunities. They made the most of chances.

The result?

OU 28, Texas 20.

"It just feels good to get out of here with a win," Jones said. "Proud of the team. Proud of the way we played."

He should be proud of the way he played, too.

Jones was 24 of 39 for 236 yards, but more importantly, he had two touchdowns and no interceptions. He didn't make bad decisions. He didn't commit costly errors.

His completion percentage and his passing yards weren't that much different than a year ago when he was called into duty after Sam Bradford re-injured his shoulder. Jones was 24 of 43 for 250 yards that day, but he threw a pair of interceptions. The second one killed any hope of a Sooner comeback.

Saturday, there were no such missteps.

"He was real solid," Sooner receiver Dejuan Miller said. "He showed a lot of poise, really didn't seem to get rattled. When the protection broke down, he didn't break down."

Jones was at his best early in the game when the Sooners went with their up-tempo offense.

Actually, saying it was up tempo doesn't do it justice. The Sooners played at a pace not seen since Bradford's Heisman Trophy season.

"We got after it today," Sooner tackle Eric Mensik said. "I guess it being Texas ... kind of pushed us into fast forward."

OU opened the game with an 83-yard, 13-play touchdown drive took only 4 minutes, 14 seconds.

After a Longhorn punt, the Sooners scored again on a 75-yard, 11-play drive in 3 minutes, 19 seconds.

There were times on both of those drives when the Longhorns simply weren't ready when the ball was snapped. Defenders were looking to the sideline or getting into position.

"They caught us on a few things, caught us on a few third downs," Texas coach Mack Brown said. "Felt like it gassed us a little bit."

Box Score: OU, 28 - Texas, 20

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by Jenni Carlson
Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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