NORMAN — This will be Landry Jones' final chance at Bedlam history.
And that's important because Jones' Bedlam history isn't exactly one for the books.
The Oklahoma quarterback is coming into Bedlam off one of his best performances as a Sooner. But unlike the man who came before him, the one who earned his Heisman moment in a Bedlam game, Jones is known for one thing in his Bedlam history: interceptions.
He's thrown more interceptions (five) than touchdowns (four) in three games against Oklahoma State. He's gone touchdown-less in two games. When he did find the end zone in the 2010 game, he threw four total touchdowns, two of which came within 92 seconds of each other in the fourth quarter. But he also lofted three interceptions.
If Jones doesn't control his interceptions Saturday night, this game could squash Oklahoma's BCS hopes and once again give OSU state bragging rights.
It also could leave him with an empty Bedlam frame on his metaphorical wall of “Landry's Oklahoma history.”
When fans point to Sam Bradford's greatest moment in Bedlam, they point to a moment titled on YouTube as “Sam Bradford's Heisman Moment” — when he was launched into the air by an Oklahoma State defender a yard short of the goal line in 2008.
When Oklahoma fans point to Landry Jones' biggest moments in Bedlam, they go back to the play in 2010 when he tried to throw the ball out of bounds and instead got intercepted.
When the TV announcers began their show last year, they talked about Jones' four-touchdown performance in 2010 and mentioned the interceptions.
Then Jones went out in 2011 and had a two-interception, zero-touchdown performance.
“It's just kind of Oklahoma State,” Jones said about his history. “Yeah, maybe I haven't played well in those games, but I don't know if it's necessarily the high of that game or anything like that. I think it's just going out there trying to execute plays and playing at the best of your abilities.”
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.”