NORMAN — Going into the season, many in Sooner Nation wondered if Landry Jones was in fact the quarterback that could take Oklahoma to a championship.
After Jones completed less than half his passes in an uninspiring opening-game performance, more joined in the wondering.
After Saturday, the Landry Jones bandwagon might have to start turning people away.
With an open playbook, Jones silenced his critics Saturday with his finest game as a Sooner quarterback, outplaying Florida State counterpart Christian Ponder in a 47-17 whipping of the No. 17-ranked Seminoles.
"This is what we expect of him," said linebacker Travis Lewis. "He's a great quarterback. Not a good one.
"A great one."
Jones certainly was great against Florida State.
With precision passing, he led the Sooners to touchdowns on their first four possessions.
During that stretch, he completed 16 of 19 passes, capped when he found tight end James Hanna streaking down the field for a 46-yard touchdown that put the Sooners up 27-7.
"I felt like I was locked in to all my reads," Jones said.
In the first half alone, Jones finished with 321 passing yards, the second-most in school history behind only Sam Bradford's 350 in the first half of a 79-10 win over North Texas in 2007.
As bad as Florida State's defenders were Saturday, they weren't North Texas bad.
"We knew who we were, we knew what we were capable of," Jones said. "And we came out here and showed what we're capable of today."
Showing defenses won't be able to shut down OU's offense by just zoning in on Ryan Broyles, Jones completed passes to 10 different receivers.
And Jones' four touchdown passes also went to four different receivers: Broyles, Cameron Kenney, Hanna and Trent Ratterree.
"Honestly, I wasn't surprised he played well," offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson said. "Maybe surprised he didn't play well last week. But not surprised today."
When he exited the game early in the fourth quarter, Jones had completed 30 of 40 passes with only one mistake, a bizarre pass that slipped out of his hand and was ruled a fumble.
"It was a nice day for him outside of that one play," coach Bob Stoops said. "Landry is doing well. He is a sharp guy, I say it a lot, but he is a great worker, has a great attitude about improving, and wants to be coached.
"He's a young guy that's just going to get better."
If so, the Landry Jones bandwagon will fill up fast. The wondering will be over.
And the Sooners will have a quarterback capable of taking them to a title.