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OU quarterback Landry Jones gets average marks despite big numbers

REPORT CARD — You wouldn't think there would be many low grades in a 62-6 blowout, but the University of Oklahoma football team had some odd issues Saturday night.
by Berry Tramel Published: October 1, 2011

A 62-6 victory wouldn't seem to warrant many low grades, but the Sooners were playing Ball State and had some dubious moments.


I know, sounds a little harsh for a guy who completed 23 of 33 passes for 425 yards and five touchdowns. But Jones threw high much of the night; his interception was on an overthrow. Jones' long completions of 47 (Roy Finch), 62 and 56 yards (Jaz Reynolds) and 64 yards (Ryan Broyles) were to wide open receivers.


Let's see. Ball State gave up a game-opening onside kick, Broyles fumbled away a punt return, Aaron Franklin was penalized for a block in the back on a kickoff return, Michael Hunnicut missed a 30-yard field goal and Tress Way's first punt covered just 32 yards. At least the Sooners didn't allow a kickoff return for a touchdown.


The Sooners had no offensive penalties. Their only penalties came on a defensive holding, a kick-return block in the back, an unsportsmanlike conduct after a defensive touchdown and interference on a punt return. OU came into the game leading the Big 12 in fewest penalty yards per game and figures to remain atop the list.


Tom Wort celebrated his 22-yard fumble return for a touchdown with an old-fashioned spike. Quick, emphatic, on the dead run. But Bob Stoops got in Wort's grill immediately upon his return to the bench area, every bit as much as Stoops dressed down Kenny Stills for that dramatic spike against Texas Tech last season. At least Stills got his money's worth for his trouble.


Stoops kept trotting Jones out for possession after possession in the third quarter. After touchdowns that made it 45-6, 52-6, 59-6, here came Jones. It's not that backup Drew Allen would benefit from the snaps; cleanup duty against Ball State doesn't prepare a quarterback for much of anything. But why have Jones in the line of fire at all with such a huge lead? Plus, it wasn't very sporting.

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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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