Regardless of how you feel about former Oklahoma Sooner and quarterback, Landry Jones, the reality of this situation is this -- Jones was asked to do more as a quarterback than most are even capable of doing. That was no more apparent than it was in 2012 against the Oklahoma State Cowboys.
Hosting the Bedlam game in Norman a year after being blown out, Oklahoma looked to secure a win in front of a home crowd. Without a punishing rushing attack, Jones dropped back 71 times hurling the ball downfield. Completing 46 of those attempts, the quarterback eclipsed the 500 yard mark with three touchdowns to one interception.
The 71 passing attempts set a school record.
After three receivers were suspended at the beginning of the year, these numbers seemed unlikely. Yet, how could the coaching staff not utilize a receiving crew like Jalen Saunders, Justin Brown, Kenny Stills, and a young Sterling Shepard...right? A fourth round pick by the Pittsburg Steelers, NFL scouts liked Jones' ability to win under pressure and he certainly led OU to a 51-48 overtime win against the Cowboys.