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Comebacks keep No. 12 Sooners in Big 12 title race

Associated Press Modified: November 25, 2012 at 9:16 pm •  Published: November 25, 2012

The last two weeks, that has all started with Jones. He's put together back-to-back 500-yard passing games — just the second and third such games in school history — and come up with some of the most clutch plays of Stoops' tenure.

"It didn't just start last week. Our guys know how good Landry is and how well he throws the ball, which always gives you a chance for big plays and to score quickly," Stoops said. "Of course, last week doesn't hurt that confidence.

"And the way he was throwing, up 'til the last drive, the way we he had played all game. What would make you think he was not able to come in and do it?"

Jones set the Oklahoma records with 46 completions and 71 attempts in the game and passed Texas Tech's Graham Harrell to become the most prolific passer in Big 12 history. He's now third on the Bowl Subdivision career passing chart.

"The guy has thrown for over 1,000 yards in the last two games. That's virtually unthinkable," defensive coordinator Mike Stoops said. "He can do a lot of amazing things. I've said that since I got here. He's unbelievable throwing the football. His endurance and perseverance always pays off."

Jones said he has learned not to ride the highs and lows of the game and that all he has to do is find his comfort level to lead the Sooners. If he's not being genuine, he thinks his teammates notice and he can't be as effective.

"It's not my resiliency. Not one player wins or loses a game for a team," Jones said. "But I think our focus and our toughness as a collective offense does rub off and does infect other people."

That seems to be the case lately. While the defense struggled for a second straight week, there were just enough timely stops to get the win.

Demontre Hurst broke up a third-and-18 pass to set up Jalen Saunders' 81-yard punt return touchdown in the fourth quarter, and the Sooners forced a pair of three-and-outs in the period.

"At the end of the day, you're not even thinking about how many yards you gave up," Hurst said. "You're just thinking about (how) you've got to be that guy to make that play at the end."

In overtime, limiting the Cowboys to Quinn Sharp's field goal provided just the opening the offense needed to claim the lead for the first time all game.

"We just don't give up. It just shows the heart that many guys have on the team," safety Tony Jefferson said. "I think that's what it all falls down to. When it comes to the end of the game, stuff like that, it's about heart."