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Oklahoma football: Landry Jones leads No. 13 Sooners past West Virginia

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Landry Jones threw six touchdown passes, including a 5-yarder to Kenny Stills with 24 seconds left, to lift No. 13 Oklahoma to a wild 50-49 win over West Virginia on Saturday night.
by Jason Kersey Modified: November 17, 2012 at 10:32 pm •  Published: November 17, 2012

/articleid/3729865/1/pictures/1887374">Photo - Oklahoma's Landry Jones (12) throws a towel to OU fans in the stands after a college football game between the University of Oklahoma and West Virginia University on Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, W. Va., Nov. 17, 2012. OU won, 50-49. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma's Landry Jones (12) throws a towel to OU fans in the stands after a college football game between the University of Oklahoma and West Virginia University on Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, W. Va., Nov. 17, 2012. OU won, 50-49. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

But most importantly, he salvaged for Oklahoma a game that could’ve ended as an even bigger embarrassment than last year’s debacle at Baylor.

Making it all the more impressive is how much Oklahoma — and Jones — had struggled for much of the second half.

The Sooners scored on their first second-half drive, but then were forced to punt twice and had one drive end when Jones was intercepted inside West Virginia territory.

When Oklahoma began that final drive Saturday, West Virginia had just retaken the lead with a three-play, 92-yard drive. The home crowd was electric. The Mountaineer offense was exceeding even the highest expectations set for them during the preseason.

Brennan Clay returned the kickoff 46 yards, and Jones did the rest. He completed all four of his pass attempts on the drive.

“They came in here and overcame some adversity,” West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen said after the game.

“They ended up making one more play than we did, and that was the difference in this game.”

As coach Bob Stoops concluded his postgame session with reporters, Jones was entering the media room.

Stoops patted his four-year starter on the back and said, “Good job, big guy.”

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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