NCF Nation: Landry Jones

Landry Jones crucial in Bedlam win

November, 24, 2012
NORMAN, Okla. -- As he waited for his postgame TV interview, Landry Jones turned to the booming Owen Field crowd and pumped his fist. When he finished, Jones threw his game towel into the stands, then ran down the sideline, slapping hands with fans on his way to the locker room.

Back in the spring, Jones said he came back to Oklahoma to capture the national championship and win the Heisman Trophy. Neither of those things will happen. But after trailing Oklahoma State the entirety of Saturday afternoon, Jones led Oklahoma on another do-or-die, fourth-quarter touchdown drive to send the game to overtime, where the Sooners prevailed 51-48 on Brennan Clay's 18-yard scoring scamper to reclaim in-state supremacy.

What a way for Jones to go out in his final game in Norman. What a way for the Sooners to close out a season that was teetering on the edge of calamity while setting the stage for next year.

"No better way," Jones said. "No better way to go out."

Read more about Jones' record-setting game on SoonerNation.

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State made the game interesting early Saturday, but Oklahoma poured it on with 44 unanswered points to rout the Wildcats.

How the game was won: Poor tackling and a pair of Landry Jones interceptions allowed K-State to get back in the game in the second quarter. But after halftime, OU played like a team wanting to get back into the national title conversation, scoring touchdowns on their first five possessions.

Jaz Reynolds
Ed Zurga/Getty ImagesOklahoma receiver Jaz Reynolds caught two touchdown passes against Kansas State
Turning point: After forcing K-State to punt to open the third quarter, Jones connected with favorite target Ryan Broyles, who skated past one tackler along the sidelines before sailing in for a 29-yard touchdown to ignite the scoring splurge. The Sooners never looked back.

Record performance: Jones broke the OU single-game record with 505 passing yards, completing 35 of 47 passes. The previous record of 468 passing yards was held by both Jones and Sam Bradford. Jones also threw for five touchdowns, giving him the school record for career touchdown passes, as well. Jones now has 90 in his career.

Unsung heroes of the game: The OU offensive line, which despite being banged up gave Jones ample time to make throws downfield. Jones was not sacked once all game.

Stat of the game: While Jones threw for 505 yards, K-State quarterback Collin Klein managed to throw for just 58 yards. Klein completed eight of 16 passes, though did rush for 92 yards.

What it means: By beating K-State, OU took care of one team ahead of it in the BCS Standings. The Sooners still need help to reach the national title game. But OU looked like the best one-loss team in college football with Saturday’s performance.