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OU football notebook: Landry Jones' girlfriend, OU basketball star Whitney Hand, hates the 'stache

BY DAVID UBBEN AND BERRY TRAMEL, Staff Writers Modified: September 20, 2009 at 10:34 am •  Published: September 20, 2009
Landry Jones’ mustache-bearing fan club, the Mustache Mafia, returned to the student section with their "Fear the ‘Stache” shirts once again, but Jones’ mustache might be the one who should be afraid. Jones is dating Whitney Hand, the reigning Big 12 women’s basketball freshman of the year, and she isn’t a fan of the facial appendage.

"Whitney hates it," Jones said. "She thinks I look ugly with it. But I think I have to keep it, support the fans. Those guys are awesome."

Dropping the ball

OU receivers dropped a pair of Jones’ passes that could have been easy scores. Senior Adron Tennell dropped what would have been a deep, lofting 38-yard touchdown pass late in the first quarter, and tight end Trent Ratterree dropped what would have been a 13-yard TD pass over the middle.

Both possessions ended in Jones touchdown passes, though. Tennell’s drop led to Brandon Caleb’s first touchdown catch, and DeMarco Murray broke one tackle and hurdled another for a touchdown the play after Ratterree’s drop.

"We were holding judgment because of the weather last week, but we still had a couple today," OU offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson said of the drops.

Tennell’s status as a starter has been precarious, but he continued to play after the drop.

Back on the field

Jameel Owens dressed for Saturday’s game after being held out of the Sooners’ game against Idaho State. Owens missed practices the week of the Idaho State game and had been practicing with the scout team earlier this week. Owens had caught four passes for 44 yards as a freshman in 2008 but has yet to record a reception this season.