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Oklahoma football: Landry Jones' poor throws, poor decisions led to loss to Kansas State

After the preseason panic about various position groups, it was the Sooners' four-year starter at quarterback who has been most culpable for a lackluster start to the 2012 season.
by Jason Kersey Published: September 23, 2012

Jarell Childs was right there to scoop the ball up, fall into the end zone to give Kansas State a 7-0 lead.

Had Jones stayed calm and just stepped up into the pocket, he could've safely thrown the ball away and allowed the Sooners to punt.

But even after that and Blake Bell's inexplicable fumble on the KSU 1-yard line, OU still had wrestled the lead and all the momentum back from the Wildcats by the end of the third quarter.

But on a second-and-4, Jones faked a handoff and carelessly heaved a pass off his back foot, over Stills' head and right into the arms of Kansas State's Ty Zimmerman.

Seven plays later, KSU scored a go-ahead touchdown to take a lead it wouldn't surrender.

Jones owns most of Oklahoma's passing records. He's got incredible natural gifts, including his powerful arm, and he's shown signs of the improved mobility coaches raved about through fall camp.

And to his credit, Jones took full responsibility for Saturday's loss in his postgame news conference and vowed to improve.

But the gains he needs are fundamental ones; improvements you would expect a player would have already made over three-plus seasons as a starting quarterback.

Can anyone legitimately expect these errors to be corrected in time for OU to make a conference — or even, as Jones suggested Saturday — a national championship push this season, when they're the same mistakes he's made throughout his entire career?