STILLWATER — Last season Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones threw three interceptions in Bedlam but had one of the best fourth quarters in school history to rally the Sooners to a win, another Big 12 title and another BCS bowl berth.
This time there wasn't an opportunity for Jones to gain fourth quarter redemption. Jones' four turnovers played a pivotal role in the Sooners' 44-10 loss Saturday night at Boone Pickens Stadium.
“You can't put it on anyone but me tonight,” Jones said. “I singlehandedly lost this game for us. That's just the way it is. Coach put the ball in my hands to win the game. And I lost it for us.”
Jones threw two interceptions. He also had two fumbles.
One fumble was returned for a 5-yard touchdown by OSU defensive end Richetti Jones early in the second half that allowed the Cowboys to seize control.
The first fumble was scooped up by Jamie Blatnick, who rambled 59 yards to set up a 1-yard touchdown run, the pivotal play that turned the game around late in the first half.
It was listed as a fumble. But on the play, the ball slipped out of Jones' hand while he was attempting to throw a pass.
“That's never happened (to me) before,” Jones said. “I was just trying to get it out of my hand really quick. On a cold night sometimes the ball is kind of slick.”
Jones completed 27 of 50 passes for 250 yards but no touchdowns.
It's the third straight week Jones hasn't completed a touchdown pass. Jones hasn't thrown a TD pass since Ryan Broyles suffered a season-ending knee injury against Texas A&M.
“I know Landry had some throws he would like to take back,” said OU co-offensive coordinator Jay Norvell. “But we didn't help him much. We dropped some passes early that could have given us some momentum, some third down conversions on balls we could have clearly made.
“We didn't play well together. To execute in the passing game you have to have some wide receivers make plays for you. We didn't make nearly enough tonight for Landry.”
Part of Jones' struggles could be attributed to an Oklahoma State defense that pressured him as well as any team.
The Sooners entered the game having surrendered only six sacks all season. The Cowboys recorded three.
“Landry is one of the top quarterbacks in the country,” said guard Gabe Ikard. “We have to protect better. Sometimes they're bringing more than you can block. It's one of those things that comes down to execution. It was just a poor performance overall on both sides of the ball.”
Quarterbacks sometimes receive too much credit in wins and too much blame following a loss. But Jones' four turnovers were a major factor in OSU ending an eight-game Bedlam losing streak.
“Obviously it wasn't a very good night for Landry,” said offensive coordinator Josh Heupel. “It wasn't good for anybody. Give them credit, too, but there are things out there we have to take advantage of. We just have to be better across the board.”
The Sooners were ranked No. 1 in preseason but finished the regular season 9-3.
“It was disappointing,” Jones said. “It was disappointing to go out this way.”