Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones hasn’t been the most popular player during his tenure.
But week after week, Jones continues to set records and move up all-time leader boards.
With Saturday’s 63-21 whipping of Texas, Jones became the all-time winningest quarterback in Oklahoma history with his 33rd win.
Jones passed Steve Davis, who had 32 wins from 1973-75 and who watched the game from the Cotton Bowl.
Davis found Jones on the field after the game.
“I couldn’t be more happy for Landry and the team,” Davis said. “This could really be the impetus for something really special for this team.”
Before last week’s game, Davis wrote Jones a letter in which he spoke out about the criticism Jones had faced after the loss to Kansas State.
Jones also became the third quarterback in OU history to start and play the majority of the game in three wins over Texas, joining Jimmy Harris and Davis.
Jones’ 321 passing yards also moved him into seventh place on the all-time NCAA passing list, going ahead of Philip Rivers with 13,731 yards. Hawaii’s Colt Brennan (14,193) is next on the list.
BELLDOZER MORPHS A BIT
The Blake Bell “Belldozer” package has been almost exclusively used in short-yardage and in the red zone — until Saturday.
The Sooners showed a willingness to use the formation in different situations, and it started on the very first drive.
After Bell converted on a third-and-1 to put OU at the 34, he remained in the game instead of giving way immediately to Jones.
Bell picked up two yards and Jones returned, but it showed another dimension to the offense that has been so successful for the Sooners since last year’s game against Kansas State.
Later, the Sooners used Bell on a third-and-4 from the Texas 19.
Bell was stopped short of the first down.
OFFENSIVE LINE STANDS STRONG
One of the reasons for the Sooners’ improved running game against Texas was the play of the offensive line.
“I thought the tackles did a great job,” center Gabe Ikard said. “I mean, they’re All-American ends.”
Oklahoma’s offensive line has been hit hard by injuries and had a scare early when Bronson Irwin, who was himself elevated into the lineup by an injury before the season, left the game briefly on OU’s first drive after suffering an ankle injury.
Irwin was replaced first by Tyrus Thompson and then by Austin Woods when Thompson’s helmet popped loose on a play.
Irwin was able to get back on the field by the start of the next drive.
STILLS GOES OVER 2,000
Kenny Stills became the sixth Sooners receiver with more than 2,000 career receiving yards.
Stills had three catches for 37 yards.
He passed Antwone Savage for fifth on the Sooners’ career list with 2,016. Stills is three behind Savage for seventh on the receptions list.
WHALEY STAYS SILENT
While Damien Williams led the way for the Sooners’ resurgent running game, Dominique Whaley, who started OU’s first three games, was virtually invisible.
Whaley didn’t enter the field until the third quarter and finished with six carries for 51 yards.
Fullback Aaron Ripkowski got his first start of the year as OU began with a pair of fullbacks on the field.
ASH, JEFFCOAT INJURED
Not only did Texas lose, the Longhorns lost a pair of their top players.
Quarterback David Ash left the game in the fourth quarter after being hit by Sooners defensive end Chuka Ndulue.
Ash was clutching his left wrist after the hit, and shortly after the injury he walked to the locker room.
Longhorns defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat also left the game with a left shoulder injury.
Texas said both players would be re-evaluated in Austin.
TEXAS’ SOONER ROOTS
A pair of former Oklahoma high school standouts wore the Longhorns’ white Saturday.
Former Tulsa Central standout Demarco Cobbs had nine tackles, while former Millwood standout Josh Turner had four tackles.
Jaydan Bird’s tackle of Joe Bergeron in end zone in the second quarter was the Sooners’ first safety since Nov. 20, 2010, when a forced fumble went out of the back of the end zone vs. Baylor. The safety was set up by Justin Brown’s downing of Tress Way’s punt inside the 1. ... Oklahoma is 29-0 under Bob Stoops with a 100-yard receiver and a 100-yard rusher. ... OU’s 36 first-half points were the most against Texas since 2003. ... Brennan Clay’s 42-yard kickoff return in the second was a career-long.
By Ryan Aber