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Oklahoma football: The good Landry Jones shows up in Lubbock, regains his swagger

COMMENTARY — When Landry Jones is bad, he can be really bad. But when he's good, like he was on Saturday, he can be really good. Jones threw for 259 yards and two touchdowns in the Sooners win over Texas Tech.
by Berry Tramel Published: October 6, 2012

“We don't bother with that,” Stoops said. “They can say and do what they want. That's what fans do. That's fine. In the end, we care about what we're doing … stick with each other, recognize what elements we can control and change, and that's what we do.”

The Sooners stuck together. Flanker Kenny Stills said the Sooners made it a point to “make sure Landry knew we had confidence in him.

“He knows there's a lot of pressure on him. He knows there was a lot of negativity. It's big for us to come out here, make a statement like we did today. That's huge for Landry, given that so many people were on his back and doubting him. I'm happy for him. I'm proud of him.”

Against a Tech defense that was ranked No. 1 nationally in total yards but was largely untested, OU possessions produced the following results through three quarters: touchdown, punt, touchdown, touchdown, field goal, touchdown, field goal. By then, Jones was 21 of 31 for 230 yards, and OU had a 41-13 lead.

“His decision-making was really good,” said offensive coordinator Josh Heupel. “He took care of the football. He moved in the pocket. He was accurate.”

But Heupel was quick to say that just because the Sooners shined against Texas Tech doesn't mean they will shine against Texas.

“Today's just today,” Heupel said. “It doesn't affect Monday. Doesn't affect what happens in the Cotton Bowl. You gotta bring it every single Saturday.”

Still, it's good to know that on a day when Landry stepped onto the field with the full weight of Sooner football on his shoulders, he delivered.

“That guy's played a lot of great football,” Stoops said. “He should have a lot of confidence.”

Now it's on to Dallas, where if the good Landry shows, the Sooners will be very tough to beat.

Berry Tramel: Berry can be reached at (405) 760-8080 or at He can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including FM-98.1. You can also view his personality page at

by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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