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NORMAN, Okla. Not even Bedlam could shake even a bit of emotion loose from Landry Jones Saturday night. Not another 50-point performance or another late-game drive, the kind generally seen only in the backyard and little-boy dreams, stirred up any visible feelings. So, certainly the passing yardage, now at four figures in the past two games alone, didn't really affect Jones to any degree. Of course not. But man, you just wish the Sooner quarterback would drop an "I told you so." Because he did. Again. And Oklahoma won. Again. This time it was a 51-48 overtime victory against Oklahoma State where he got revenge and redemption in the last home game of his career. To the fans who bash his shoulder-shrug style and to the critics who have questioned whether he should have returned for a senior season at Oklahoma, Jones could have and should have done a double-tap to the chest and pointed guns to the sky. He deserved it. It's been two weeks in a row now where he's bailed out a defense taking on water and saved the season for the Sooners. Instead, after the game, Jones might have let a smile slip although that couldn't be confirmed either and sounded more like Dr. Phil than a college quarterback. "You can't ride the wave," Jones said. "Every person is different, and if you try to be someone you're not, people won't follow." Jones has always been cool, but he's never been as hot as the past two weeks, a span where he's thrown for 1,054 yards and nine touchdown passes. He's rallied his team twice. For two wins. In the fourth quarter. The result puts the Sooners a win away from playing in another BCS bowl and put Jones as the all-time leading passer in Big 12 Conference history, too. "What more do you want from the guy," Stoops asked with a purpose after the game, seemingly expecting more questions about his quarterback. "He was fabulous out there tonight." And because of it, he helped erase a painful performance against Oklahoma State last year where he fumbled and threw a pair of interceptions in the 44-10 loss, all the while finishing his home career with a did-you-see-that kind of game. "Last year wasn't fun," Jones said. "This one is the most-special for sure." Jones has never been one to be flowery with his words and certainly not his expressions, either, and he wasn't Saturday evening in the first overtime game in the rivalry's history. "You always remember those games where you come from behind and get a victory," he said. Here's what everyone saw Saturday: The Jalen Saunders 81-yard punt return that tied the game at 38-38 in the fourth quarer. The three Sooner receivers who had more than 100 yards. The fourth-down run and score from Blake Bell with just 4 seconds left. The 20-minute celebration after Brennan Clay scored the game-winner where no one left the field and no one left the stadium. But here's what you should remember: Down 45-38 with 6:18 left, Jones got the ball at his own 14-yard line. He completed 10-of-13 passes on the drive, leading the Sooners all the way to the OSU 4-yard line where Bell came in on fourth down and scored with just 4 seconds left. Two runs later, the Sooners won and sent Jones out a winner, too. "And it's one of the better ones, too," Jones said. "This was more special because it was my last time to play here." But it should be more than that. Disparage the defenses OU has faced all you want, Jones still has had to complete the passes and direct the offense. Never an easy situation, whether it be at West Virginia, where Jones did that twice in the last 5 minutes a week ago, and then did it again Saturday in a situation where OU never led until Brennan Clay dove into the endzone in overtime. OU was down 14-0 in the first half, 38-27 in the second half and then again in overtime Saturday. That's a lot to digest for any quarterback, much less one who gives off no vibe, either positive or negative, in every situation. "It takes a special leader," offensive coordinator Josh Heupel said. "People are seeing that in No. 12. "That transcends through your offensive unit. It takes something special in the meeting room, inside the lockerroom. He's been a rock. I don't know if people understand. It doesn't happen overnight. It's not an easy process." It wasn't even that easy Saturday. Jones threw for 500 yards, but it came on a 46-of-71 passing effort. He threw one dreadful first-half interception and was hobbled after a big hit. Then again, it never looks easy for Jones. His great is impressive, but his bad is miserable like against Oklahoma State a year ago, and like it was against Kansas State this year, when he fumbled at his own 2-yard line. "Me and coach Stoops have been through a lot. Mostly good. Some bad. He's always been a huge supporter of me." After the game, defensive coordinator Mike Stoops was sprinting around the field by himself. He did about a half-dozen spins, wildly celebrating and looking for someone to hug. He should have found Jones. It's the Oklahoma quarterback who saved Mike Stoops and his defense, which allowed nearly 800 yards last week and almost 500 this week. "He carried us on his back," Stoops said. "It's been fun to watch." Sure has. Too bad we can't get Jones to say so, too. I'd definitely listen to that.
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