Landry Jones, Sooners make plenty of statements in win over Texas

OU REPORT CARD — Oklahoma's Landry Jones, defensive backfield and fan creativity get high marks in a big-time win over Texas.
by Berry Tramel Published: October 8, 2011

DALLAS — A Heisman campaign gains momentum, a defense gets offensive and Sooner fans fans mock a network. Time to hand out the grades for the Cotton Bowl classroom.

LANDRY JONES' HEISMAN CAMPAIGN: A

Jones completed 23 of 35 for 305 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions — in the first half. Texas' pass rush was decent, yet Jones never came close to a bad play. Andrew Luck, the game is on.

POLL POSITIONING: A

LSU won big at West Virginia and jumped the Sooners in the AP poll. Alabama won big at Florida and did the same. The Sooners answered. A 34-10 halftime lead was plenty for the pollsters to realize OU belongs in the discussion for the nation's best team.

PLUMBING: D

More bathroom problems at the Cotton Bowl. Reports of several closed because of pump problems. Some flooding issues. The spectacle is grand. The state fair is magnificent. But if Dallas doesn't do something, at some point the right person is going to have to walk in urine, and to JerryWorld we go.

DEFENSIVE BACKFIELD: A

Jamell Fleming turned a strip into a touchdown return, and Demontre Hurst returned an interception 55 yards for a touchdown. Even better, Texas broke few tackles against the Sooner secondary. Fleming had a game-high 13 tackles, safety Aaron Colvin had eight and Hurst seven. Safety Tony Jefferson had a sack and an interception. A superb performance.


by Berry Tramel
Columnist
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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