“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.”