Dallas, TX--The unquestioned starter for the Oklahoma Sooners in 2011 was always Landry Jones. The native of New Mexico, Jones paid his dues sitting behind Heisman winning quarterback Sam Bradford for 4 seasons before being named the starter for his senior season. Jones has led this team before. He stepped in admirably when Bradford was hurt in 2009, leading the team to many victories and a Big XII Championship. Jones has refused to be interviewed this season, telling teammates he feels like he'd jinx the season, but if we were to guess, he'd tell us his performance thus far this season has not been what he expected. The Sooner Nation would say the same.Entering this epic game against Texas, Jones had about as many INT's as he had TD's and that's not a ratio a quarterback wants. Many fans on message boards and sports talk radio have been calling for the back up and as any sports fan knows, the back up is always the most popular man on campus. In this case, the back up is Jordan Thomas, the #1 QB in the recruiting class of 2010.Back to the game. Jones started off in fine fashion. A five yard scamper found Jones in the painted part of the field with his Sooners now on top of the hated 'Horns, 7-0. The second quarter saw the high turn to a low as Jones was picked off by Earl Thomas. Thomas took the gift 103 yards for a 'Horn touchdown. At the end of one half, the game was tied, 7-7.The third quarter saw more sloppy play from both teams. Two more INT's by Landry Jones led to his benching and the entrance of Jordan Thomas. Thomas led the team to a score (Thomas to J. Owens from 6 yards out) at the 3:46 mark of the third to put the Sooners up, 14-7.The Sooners scored again at the 4:05 mark of the fourth on Tress Way's 35 yard field goal. The Sooners lead 17-7. Texas was able to rally and score quickly (2:38 mark) on a 61 yard pass and run to former 'Horn QB John Chiles. It's now 17-14. Try as they did, the 'Horns came up short but it was close. The Sooners had to punt after that last 'Horn score. The 'Horns were driving with under 30 seconds and about to score but an errant pass (above) from Texas QB G. Gilbert found the hands of SS Sam Proctor which sealed the victory for the Sooners.
Oklahoma wins, 17-14.
The Players of the Game were: OU-Austin Box, MLB (6TKL, 1 INT, 2 DEFL), UT-N. Brewster (14 TKL, 1 TFL, 1 INT, 1 DEFL). OU out-first downed Texas 17-6. The T.O.P. battle was also won by OU (18:19 to 9:50). OU ran the ball 40 (106 yards) times compared to UT's 17 (41 yards). Passing yardage was about equal for the teams (OU 172-UT 179). Both teams lacked in converting third downs (OU 38%, UT 11%). OU next faces Missouri in Norman while Texas travels to Aimes to face Iowa St.
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