NORMAN — Is this irony?It went on to become a35-20 Sooner victory over the Cyclones, but it was not looking that way as Iowa State kicked off 1:04 before the half.
Landry Jones had just thrown interceptions on back-to-back passes, each one leading to a Cyclone field goal.
They were not the Landry Jones’ specials that make the Sooner Nation cringe and some portion of it wish for Blake Bell to play every snap.
On one, he might have looked down his receiver too long and never saw Cyclone safety Durrell Givens coming. On the other, Givens was Johnny-on-the-spot after Jones’ pass was tipped. We’ve seen much worse.
Still, Bob Stoops, Jones’ primary defender for all of his quarterback’s record-setting and pull-your-hair-moments, given little time to try going down the field to score, chose not to.
Instead, he chose to hand the ball to Brennan Clay, which turned out to be a great idea in many other parts of the game, but was only a very safe idea in the circumstance.
Clay ran for five yards and the clock kept moving. So Jones handed the ball to Clay again and an odd thing happened. He picked up nine yards and ran out of bounds.
That put OU 61 yards from paydirt, well inside the half’s last minute. Only now, the threat of a third interception didn’t appear so daunting. If it came on a deep ball, it shouldn’t cost the Sooners any points.
Play-caller Josh Heupel dialed up a deep fade route and Justin Brown caught it for a 40-yard gain. Next, Jones threw a similar ball to Kenny Stills. It wasn’t a fade, but it was in the air long before Stills turned to fight for it and, knowing it might be coming, Stills won that fight.