Landry Jones’ numbers weren’t bad in his off-the-bench role in last season’s 16-13 loss to Texas. He completed 24 of 43 passes for 250 yards and a 35-yard, mostly-run TD to Ryan Broyles.
But he threw two interceptions in the final eight minutes, the last into double coverage with OU at its 45-yard-line that enabled the Longhorns to run out the last 3:31.
“You think about it sometimes,” Jones said this week. “Obviously, I’d like to play better.”
A prevailing opinion is that Jones owns an edge over UT sophomore quarterback Garrett Gilbert because of experienced gained in both that game and those since.
Jones doesn’t dismiss that idea.
“(I’m) so much better off just knowing how to prepare for games and play in games,” he said, “because there’s so much emotion that goes into it. And you just kind of have to put your emotions aside and calm yourself down and just do what you do in practice.
“Just doing those things has been big for me.”
Shutting out the surroundings, he said, “It’s going to be a little easier.”
-- Mike Jones