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.”