OU football notebook: Brian Jackson sits out

By Jake Trotter and Berry Tramel, Staff Writers Modified: January 1, 2010 at 8:24 am •  Published: January 1, 2010

OU senior cornerback Brian Jackson missed the game due to a concussion suffered earlier in the week.

The Sooners regrouped by inserting Jonathan Nelson at cornerback, moving Keenan Clayton from strongside linebacker to strong safety and inserting Ronnell Lewis at linebacker. When the Sooners shifted to a five-defensive back set, Nelson went back to safety and Demontre Hurst played cornerback.

The Sooners also played most of the second half without defensive end Jeremy Beal, who suffered an ankle injury. Freshman David King replaced Beal and had a tackle.

"I’m glad those young guys came in, ready to play,” said cornerback Dom Franks.

Jones sets record
Quarterback Landry Jones threw for an OU-bowl record 418 yards, one shy of the Sun Bowl record set by Purdue’s Kyle Orton in 2001. The previous Sooner bowl best was Josh Heupel’s 390 yards in the 1999 Independence Bowl.

"Landry, minus one play, had an outstanding day,” said OU coach Bob Stoops.

That one play was a first-quarter interception in which Jones looked past open tight end James Hanna and tried to force the ball to Ryan Broyles. Safety Bo McNally returned the interception 55 yards to set up a Stanford touchdown.

"That could have changed the game,” Jones said. "I forced the ball downfield.”

Cracked OU defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, "I forgive you, Landry.”

Stanford out of Luck
Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck did not dress for the game. He suffered a broken finger in the Nov. 28 season finale and underwent surgery. Coach Jim Harbaugh had said Wednesday that Luck might play.

Backup Tavita Pritchard completed just eight of 19 passes for 117 yards and two interceptions.

"I would have liked a different result,” said Pritchard, who had 19 career starts before Luck won the job this preseason. "I loved the way these guys, my teammates, fought.”

Sorry, old friend
As great as McCoy played, he made a critical mistake on the final play of the third quarter.

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