NORMAN — The odds were not with Landry Jones. To open Oklahoma’s final drive against BYU, Jones short-armed two passes into the turf to set up a third-and-long. But Jones didn’t let that nor the fact OU had converted just 1 of 9 third-down attempts all game shatter his resolve. As a Brigham Young defender dove at his feet, Jones stepped up into the pocket and stuck a missile into the chest of Brandon Caleb near the sideline for a drive-saving, first-down completion. Few positives came from OU’s season-opening loss to BYU. But how Jones handled himself in relief of Sam Bradford, both when the lights were on him — and when they weren’t — is at the top of that short list. "You saw a guy that was extremely confident,” said quarterbacks coach Josh Heupel. Jones didn’t lead OU to a win, nor did he put up eye-popping numbers in his collegiate debut. In fact, before that final drive, Jones had completed just 3 of 5 passes for 24 yards in the second half. He also committed a blunder by not calling timeout when the play clock expired on fourth-and-goal. Instead of going for the touchdown, OU had to settle for the field goal, which kept BYU within striking distance. But Jones didn’t turn the ball over. He also didn’t play rattled or nervous. "If he was nervous,” said center/tight end Brody Eldridge, "he did a great job of hiding it.” On that final drive, Jones connected on a pair of big-time completions, the latter a 12-yard strike while rolling out across his body to tight end Trent Ratterree, which put the Sooners in field-goal range. "This position requires you to have a lot of confidence,” Jones said. "Carry yourself with a look in your eye.” Jones had that look on OU’s final drive. He also had it in the halftime locker room, when the rest of the offensive players were hanging their heads following Bradford’s shoulder injury. "Landry was the only guy in the locker room that was talking,” said offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson, who described the room as a morgue. "He was picking us up. And this is a guy that hasn’t talked much. But he had a look in his eye.” Even though he didn’t win Saturday, Jones knows how to quarterback a team to victory. He led his New Mexico high school to back-to-back state championships while compiling an overall record of 24-2 in two years as the starting quarterback. "One of the things they’ll find out right away is that he’s a really great leader,” said Cooper Henderson, Jones’ high school coach. "He has real great composure. "In tough situations, you will not see him change.” Jones and the Sooners find themselves in one tough situation. Not only are the Sooners now one loss away from being eliminated from the national-title picture, they have been decimated by injuries to Bradford and All-American tight end Jermaine Gresham, who is out for the year following Tuesday’s knee surgery. Until Bradford returns, which could take up to a month or longer, the onus will be on Jones to help fill his void. "It was a lift to us that the guys saw Landry play in a positive way,” Wilson said. "It gave us some confidence, that we can have a good football team.” Text "Sooners” to 65360 for your chance to win a Sooners Nike Apparel Pack! OU news text updates from NewsOK sponsored by Dunkin’ Donuts.