Landry Jones' Fiesta Bowl performance foreshadows better days ahead for the Sooners

OU quarterback Landry Jones passed for a school bowl record 429 yards and surpassed Sam Bradford's single-season yardage record. He's not Bradford, but he's proving he is ready to lead Oklahoma to better days.
By JAKE TROTTER, Staff Writer, jtrotter@opubco.com, Modified: January 2, 2011 at 8:38 am •  Published: January 2, 2011

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Landry Jones isn't Sam Bradford.

And probably never will be.

But Saturday night in the Fiesta Bowl, Oklahoma's sophomore quarterback capped a remarkable year with another dazzling performance.

Throwing for an OU bowl record 429 yards, Jones led the Sooners to a 48-20 win over Connecticut and came three yards away from breaking the Sooner season passing record Bradford set as sophomore.

Jones remained undefeated in bowl games, and moved to 19-5 as OU's starting quarterback. And with a host of talent back to surround him, Jones and the Sooners could be in for something special in 2011.

“Landry has a huge future,” coach Bob Stoops said. “He had a huge year this year.

“He's a long way form a finished product, and he's already a special quarterback.”

Jones, who completed 34 of 49 passes for three touchdowns, again was special inside University of Phoenix Stadium.

He completed his first 12 passes to start the game, propelling the Sooners to an early 14-0 lead that placed the Huskies on their heels from the beginning.

“I was so focused on the game, I didn't even notice that,” Jones said of his completion streak. “But getting off to a good start gets your confidence rolling.”

Jones suffered one major glitch, making a throw off his back foot that UConn's Dwayne Gratz picked off 46 yards for a touchdown.

Otherwise, Jones was spectacular, as he has been the last third of the season.

“As a quarterback, you're going to throw interceptions,” Jones said. “In a football game, things happen.”

Like he did in the win at Oklahoma State, Jones didn't let the pick six bring him down. And every time the Huskies made the game interesting, Jones zapped their momentum.

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