Bedlam was tough for Jones last year beyond his stats. On top of the losses of wide receiver Ryan Broyles and running back Dominique Whaley, Jones was in an end zone slump. The closest he got to breaking the slump was when he targeted Jaz Reynolds on the second drive of the game. That ball was intercepted.
It was a nightmare of a game for the Sooners and Jones, whose backup, Blake Bell, was the only one to score a touchdown. Jones went 27-of-50, including three straight incompletions to James Hanna on the opening drive.
“Those are those games,” offensive coordinator Josh Heupel said of Jones' past performances. “Those three ballgames have nothing to do with what's going to happen on Saturday. So we'll find out what his performance is like on Saturday.
“He played really well last week. I have no reason to believe he'll do anything but that on Saturday.”
Last week, Jones led the Sooners with six touchdown passes to beat West Virginia in the game's final minute.
It's not all bad for Jones, who has had a couple highlight moments in his Bedlam career. During the 2010 game when he threw those touchdowns 92 seconds apart, they weren't just short bubble screens into the end zone. They were heroic lofts.
The first one was for 86 yards and the second was for 76. But he has no pinwheel into the end zone play. Nothing deemed on YouTube as “Landry Jones' big Bedlam moment,” and he knows it.
“Maybe in the past I might not have played as well as I should have,” Jones said. “Definitely going to step it up and play a lot better this week.”