Oklahoma football: Landry Jones walks tall with Senior Day performance in a Bedlam to remember
COMMENTARY— Landry Jones has been called many things during his four years as the Sooners starting quarterback. On Saturday, Long Tall Landry played as well as any quarterback OSU veteran defensive coordinator Bill Young has ever coached against.
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The former is much more likely as long as Landry is around. Which won't be much longer.
Landry has been around so long, he compared the post-game celebration with fans to the 2008 Texas Tech game. Yep, Landry was in uniform that night, as a redshirt freshman.
Landry was a Sam Bradford understudy in that memorable game. But now Landry has a comeback, make that two, that Slingin' Sammy never produced.
“This is the most special, for sure,” Landry said of all his OU games. “You always remember those tight games, always remember those games where you come from behind and get a victory.
“It's my last time to play in here, in this stadium in front of our fans, and it always feels good to go out that way.”
Landry took the field with 6:18 left and OU trailing 45-38. The way the drive progressed, this became the Sooners' last stand. Landry completed 10 of 13 passes for 77 yards, including a third-and-8 strike to Saunders for 10 yards.
When the drive stalled on fourth-and-1 at the OSU 4-yard line, with 10 seconds left, Blake Bell was summoned for his Belldozer and rammed in for the tying touchdown.
On this night, that wasn't even an indictment of Landry, he had so dominated the game.
And in overtime, after OU's defense finally grew fangs and forced a field goal, the OSU defense was so shell-shocked from Landry, a pass wasn't needed. Trey Millard bulled for seven yards, then Brennan Clay scampered 18 yards for the game-ending touchdown.
“It was crazy,” said OU cornerback Aaron Colvin. “Honestly, one of the most exciting games I've played in yet. It was a thriller. My heart was jumping the whole time.”
Same with everyone in the stadium, except a certain quarterback, who win or lose, praise or criticism, touchdown or interception, big lead or pressure mounting, stays calm.
And on this night, Landry Jones most certainly was walking tall.
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