NORMAN — Only a few days ago I wrote about Landry Jones’ opportunity to define himself once and for all over his last four games as a Sooner.
That even though championships appeared out of reach, should he play victorious football and leave the Sooner Nation happy, he’ll be rewarded by fine memories.
He couldn’t have gotten off to a better start, throwing for a program record 554 yards and six touchdowns at West Virginia
Too bad the Sooner defense appears to be conspiring against him. The way Oklahoma State’s been rolling, Jones could throw for 450 yards and four touchdowns and still lose Bedlam.
Yet before any of that can happen, Jones will take the field with his family, alongside his Sooner senior teammates who will all be playing their last game at Owen Field.
Interesting will be Jones’ reception, whether it’s polite golf-clap applause or the boisterous response typically saved for Barry Switzer when the king’s image pops on the giant video board above the south end zone.
It depends how you look at it.
Remember, we’ve been wrong about Landry Jones so many times.
The story of his first season was about his big-moment struggles away from home. Nonetheless, closing with a jim-dandy Sun Bowl, the Sooners were propelled into the 2010 national championship race.
Jones ran hot and cold as a sophomore. Though OU struggled against the likes of Utah State, Air Force and Cincinnati, it nonetheless debuted atop the BCS standings. Everything went to heck with losses at Missouri and Texas A&M, but mostly because the Sooners couldn’t punch it in from short. But Jones wasn’t great, so he took the heat.
Next, he was great at Bedlam and steered a Big 12 championship comeback over Nebraska.
In two seasons, he’d been bad, good, bad and good again.