ARLINGTON, Texas — As he released the last pass of his college career, a 230-pound Texas A&M defender slammed Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones to the field.
Crumpled near the 17-yard line, Jones faced the end zone and, for a few seconds, laid there. Then like every game in his 50-start career, he got up and walked off the field.
Oklahoma's winningest quarterback ended his career the way he started it — with a loss at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The first loss was 14-13 to BYU back in 2009 when Jones walked on the field as a backup because the starting quarterback had to walk-off it too soon.
The last loss was a 41-13 defeat at the hands of Johnny Manziel and the Aggies on Friday at the 77th Cotton Bowl game.
Jones completed 35 of 48 pass attempts for 278 yards. He also threw one interception and one touchdown.
“I'm not identified by my wins or losses,” Jones said with a straight face as reporters hounded him with questions about his last game. “I'm defined by Christ.”
In his final game, Jones threw to only four receivers and handed off on the last four plays of the game.
“He's just been an incredibly positive influence on the football team in every way,” Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said. “Great worker. Close with everybody. We'll miss him and he's been a great, great player.
“He threw a lot of great balls out there tonight. We've got some young guys we just got to move forward with, but Landry did all he could in the way he worked for this program.”
In a separate room from where Texas A&M, donned in their bowl championship hats, sat at tables with microphones, Jones sat in a chair with recorders, microphones and camera lenses tightly surrounding him as he calmly talked about a freshman phenom who had destroyed his last chance of glory. On his right shoulder, in smudged permanent marker, was the phrase Psalm 34:20.