Landry Jones turns in strong performance in OU's loss to Baylor

OKLAHOMA FOOTBALL — It's not a game for which Landry Jones will necessarily be remembered, but the OU quarterback played well in the Sooners' first game without star receiver Ryan Broyles.
BY TRAVIS HANEY, Staff Writer, thaney@opubco.com Published: November 24, 2011

Baylor scored in four plays after the interception, to go up 38-24. Habern said Jones was still customarily cool on the sideline, encouraging everyone that a comeback was still possible — even with 12-plus minutes remaining.

That OU possession stalled at the Baylor 25-yard line, but the next two drives were some of the most polished the Sooners have had all season — Broyles or no Broyles.

Receivers Dejuan Miller and Trey Franks got involved, as did freshman running back Brandon Williams. Jones was on target and in command in the huddle.

Oklahoma went on scoring drives of 75 and 77 yards to tie the game in the final minute.

Jones' signature throw came on the first scoring drive. OU had second-and-10 at the Baylor 28-yard line.

The Bears sent a heavy blitz that quickly surged toward Jones. Jones offered a touch pass off his back foot that hit Franks in stride on a corner route. The 24-yard gain got OU to the 4, and Blake Bell bulldozed into the end zone on the next play to make it a one-possession game.

Quarterbacks are dissuaded from back-foot throws, but Jones still got enough on the pass to reach Franks.

“I think I've learned just to keep playing ball and not get flustered and not try to go out there and make every play,” Jones said. “You take what they're giving you and realize what you've got to do.”

Baylor's Robert Griffin III shined in the end, leading the Bears to the winning touchdown with eight seconds to play. OU failed to recover the ensuing squib kick, so Jones and the offense didn't even touch the ball again after the touchdown.

“We thought — we knew — we were going to win that game,” Habern said. “Our mindset was, with Landry leading, we were going to win the game.”

That confidence did not wind up winning the Baylor game, but it could lead to victories in the weeks ahead, beginning Saturday at home against Iowa State.

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