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October 30, 2012

Standing by Jones

NORMAN — Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones threw for 356 yards against Notre Dame. He did’t have a touchdown pass and the one interception he was charged with hit receiver Jalen Saunders’ hands before Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o made a diving catch.

The fact Notre Dame linebacker Dan Fox easily could have been called for pass interference made it one of the game’s most controversial plays.

Stoops harshly defended Jones during his press conference on Monday. To him, anyone who doesn’t think Jones should be OU’s starting quarterback lacks football aptitude.

“People aren’t very intelligent about football. I’m not criticizing them, it’s not what they do,” Stoops said. “Landry had a great night the other night. Without Landry, we’re not in that game. People, whatever occupation they are, it’s just like me trying to do what they do. They’d probably scoff at that. Landry’s a great quarterback and had a heck of a night the other night. “

Jones also weighed in on the call.

“From where I was standing, I thought it was interference. But I’m not a referee. My job is not to be a referee. My job is to be a quarterback,” he said. “Yes, I did think it was interference. But that’s not the way they saw it. You just have to play through it.”

Williams and Johnson questionable: Running back Damien Williams and left tackle Lane Johnson are being held out of practice due to ankle injuries suffered in the Notre Dame game.

“We’ll see. When I know I’ll say something,” OU coach Bob Stoops said on Monday. “They’re gonna miss today’s practice. We’re hoping they’ll be back by Wednesday. I’ll update everybody on Wednesday where they’re at.”

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