Stillwater (AP)—With a thrilling finish in a Bedlam game that lived up
to its name, Landry Jones chased away the demons that had hounded No. 14 Oklahoma all season.
Jones matched the school record with 468 yards passing and threw two long
touchdown passes 29 seconds apart in the fourth quarter as the Sooners beat No.
10 Oklahoma State 47-41 on Saturday night to forge a three-way tie atop the Big
12 South—a tie that should break OU’s way.
Jones and Oklahoma (10-2, 6-2 Big 12) came in as a rare underdog in a series
it has dominated for over a century, thanks to a pair of second-half meltdowns
on the road.
But in an exhilarating sequence that saw the teams exchange two touchdowns
apiece within 92 seconds, Jones put the Sooners in position to play for the Big
12 title for an eighth time since 2000.
“You watch some of the great quarterbacks—the Joe Montanas and those guys
— they’ll have bad days and then they’ll have a fourth quarter that wins the
game and that’s all anybody talks about. … The important thing is to stay
after it,” coach Bob Stoops said. “You’re still going to have opportunities to
make your plays. And maybe, he’s getting that.”
Jones threw an 86-yard touchdown pass to Cameron Kenney then answered Justin
Gilbert’s kickoff return score for Oklahoma State (10-2, 6-2 Big 12) with his
fourth TD toss—a 76-yarder to James Hanna 29 seconds later to make it 47-38
with 2:34 remaining.
Dan Bailey got Oklahoma State within striking distance with a 34-yard field
goal with 36 seconds left, but Ryan Broyles recovered an onside kick to allow
the Sooners to run out the clock on their eighth straight win in the series.