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Oklahoma football: Sooners' Landry Jones takes blame for loss to No. 15 Kansas State

by Jason Kersey Published: September 22, 2012

NORMAN — Landry Jones, the most prolific — and perhaps polarizing — quarterback in Oklahoma football history stepped to the podium Saturday night and joined the chorus of critics displeased with his play.

“I played terrible,” Jones said. “The majority of this game is in my hands. ... We were playing really dumb football, me especially.”

The four-year starter's two turnovers, bad decisions and errant throws Saturday led to two Kansas State touchdowns, and the No. 15 Wildcats stunned the No. 6 Sooners 24-19 on Owen Field.

The frequent criticism of Jones will undoubtedly grow louder with popular sophomore Blake Bell waiting in the wings as Jones' heir apparent for 2013.

Early in the second quarter, pinned deep in OU territory, Jones rolled out to the right and showcased his newly developed mobility when he probably shouldn't have.

Instead of finding an open receiver, Jones retreated into Kansas State linebacker Justin Tuggle, who came from behind to pop loose the ball. Jarell Childs recovered in the end zone for the Wildcats' first touchdown.

“He had plenty of time to throw the football,” said coach Bob Stoops, usually Jones' most vocal defender. “He got hit when he tried to do something with it.”

But Bell cost Oklahoma points Saturday, too. On the drive following Jones' fumble, Oklahoma advanced to Kansas State's 1-yard line and brought out the popular Belldozer package.

Bell dropped the snap and handed KSU the ball back.

The Sooners turned the ball over three times — the two fumbles and Jones' fourth-quarter interception to set-up Kansas State's go-ahead touchdown.

Near the end of the third quarter, Oklahoma had regained the lead and seemingly all the momentum after an 88-yard touchdown drive — its first lead since a 3-0, first-quarter advantage — and the Sooner defense had forced a three-and-out.

But on a second-and-4 play, Jones, looking for junior Kenny Stills over the middle, threw off his back foot and into K-State defender Ty Zimmerman's hands.

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by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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