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November 28, 2010

Heupel, Jones talk Bedlam breakout

STILLWATER, Okla. -- Landry Jones tied the Oklahoma record for passing yardage in a game completing 37-of-62 passes for 468 yards. Those numbers are impressive, but even more impressive when you consider Jones threw three interceptions in the first half. Instead of folding his tent, Jones shined, throwing touchdown passes to Cameron Kenney (86 yards) and James Hanna (76 yards) late in the fourth quarter, to seal the 47-41 win. Josh Heupel and Jones both talked about the big night after it was over.


Landry starts out in the first half with three picks and I know the last one was an incredible play, but he comes out in the second half and that seemed to be really big for him…
He really played well besides those three plays. Besides that he played pretty well. Two of those plays were just throwing it away and getting the ball up into the tenth row and that's something that he's got to do. Other than that I was really proud of the way he continues to battle and continues to play. He has a great two-minute drive to finish out the half and comes back and fights his butt off.

It was a tough situation on the road, backed up into the loud part of the stadium. He stays cool and works all the way through his progression and comes back to Cam (Kenney) and then to answer back after the big kickoff return too.

It's insane though. It's third-and-12 and he hits Cam and then the kickoff return and he answers again. How much growth did you see there and how much will that help moving forward?
It's him but it's everybody too. It's our offensive line being able to protect in that situation, our wide receivers being disciplined in their routes - really, tonight I felt everybody did a great job keeping their composure and obviously Landry did that when it would have really been easy to get down on himself and not continue to fight and just play the next play. He certainly did that tonight.

To have a game like that in the fourth quarter. What does that do for this team moving forward and potentially playing for a Big 12 title?
Well, we'll see what happens tomorrow and if we're fortunate enough to have that opportunity. But I think it's the growth of our football team and I know if we have the opportunity we'll look forward to it in Dallas. You've got a lot of young players. You look at Landry and a lot of our receiver and a lot of our skill guys and they're really young football players. Going on the road into a hostile environment and some things we've had to do this year and last year, I think we're learning how to play in those types of situations.


How would you describe playing in a game like that?
That was probably one of the funner games I've ever played in here at Oklahoma. I came out the first half and played about as bad as I've ever played and then come out in the second half and played a lot better. I just give glory to God first of all. He helped me stay calm and led me through that through the thick and thin of things. I give it up to the offensive line and my receivers and running backs. They made some great plays out there and make me look good a lot of times.

In those last minutes it was crazy. Were you confident you could make those big plays you ended up making?
Yeah absolutely. You just can't ride the roller coaster of the game. You always have to remember what you're playing for and how you're playing it. The last three minutes of the game were big for us. We stepped up and made some great plays. Oklahoma State played great all night and you have to give it to them. Their defense did a really good job against us. But those last three minutes, our receivers, offensive line, running backs and tight ends stepped up and were huge for us.

Video by Eddie Radosevich

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