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


Two of Tony Jefferson's three interceptions came on tipped balls, by Frank Alexander and R.J. Washington. Give them assists. And Ronnell Lewis tipped two passes at the line of scrimmage that weren't intercepted.


OU lists three as the record for interceptions in a game, a feat Jefferson achieved in a five-minute stretch of the second quarter. But Dale Arbuckle had five interceptions against SMU in 1925 and Bill Pansze had five against Tulsa in 1931. The NCAA began record-keeping in 1937, so that's the cutoff OU uses. But that seems arbitrary; it's a disservice to Arbuckle and Pansze, whose interceptions in dusty days gave the Sooners possession just as much as Jefferson's did Saturday night.


Always good to honor past Sooner greats. But the 55-year recognition of the 1956 national championship team seemed a little hollow when each player's name wasn't announced. There were only about 25 guys. It would have been great to hear their names. For them and us.


Strange night. The best catch of the night came from a safety and Broyles dropped a pass. Jefferson's one-handed, falling-out-of-bounds, get-your-foot-down interception was the play of the game. Broyles never drops a pass, but he did on an out pattern late in the second quarter. Stills made up for that with several superb catches.

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...
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