Oklahoma vs. West Virginia: Landry Jones Keeps Sooners' BCS Hopes Alive

Michael Felder@InTheBleachersNational CFB Lead WriterNovember 18, 2012

MORGANTOWN, WV - NOVEMBER 17:  Landry Jones #12 of the Oklahoma Sooners drops back to pass against the West Virginia Mountaineers during the game on November 17, 2012 at Mountaineer Field in Morgantown, West Virginia.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
Justin K. Aller/Getty Images

Oklahoma entered Saturday night's game against West Virginia as the 12th-ranked team in the nation and clinging to hopes of returning to the spotlight in a BCS bowl. And with their narrow 50-49 win in Morgantown, the Sooners can still keep their eyes on the BCS bowl prize, and they have Landry Jones to thank for that.

Jones has been criticized for much of the last year and half for not showing up in big moments, shrinking under pressure and not adequately filling the shoes of Sam Bradford. Well, tonight, the senior quarterback stood up and was the rock his team needed as Bob Stoops and Oklahoma keep pushing to return to a big-time bowl game.

On the road, when his team needed him most, Jones showed up huge for the Sooners. He threw for 554 yards, six touchdowns, just one interception and, most importantly, the winning score with fewer than 30 seconds to play. The Oklahoma signal-caller, in going 38-of-51, outdueled the Mountaineers' "September Heisman Winner" Geno Smith.

Jones completed deep passes. He complete long passes. He threw accurate balls and gave his receivers a chance to make big things happen in the open field. Oklahoma, led by Jones, did its job tonight and now sits squarely in the mix to be selected by a BCS bowl.

Kansas State, by losing to Baylor, did make things interesting, as the Sooners go from Fiesta Bowl replacement to BCS at-large hopeful. However, by putting up a show-stopping performance and getting his team a W, Landry Jones has kept his team in the hunt for a return to the big stage.

Related

    Two More Sooners on National Award Watch

    Oklahoma Sooners Football logo
    Oklahoma Sooners Football

    Two More Sooners on National Award Watch

    Stormin in Norman
    via Stormin in Norman

    Huskers Land 4-Star LB Nick Henrich

    College Football logo
    College Football

    Huskers Land 4-Star LB Nick Henrich

    Sam McKewon
    via Omaha.com

    Five Bold Not-So-Great Predictions for the 2018 Sooners

    Oklahoma Sooners Football logo
    Oklahoma Sooners Football

    Five Bold Not-So-Great Predictions for the 2018 Sooners

    Stormin in Norman
    via Stormin in Norman

    Where Stars of 'Last Chance U' Ended Up for 2018

    College Football logo
    College Football

    Where Stars of 'Last Chance U' Ended Up for 2018

    SI.com
    via SI.com