Jones becomes OU's all-time winningest QB

DALLAS — Love him or hate him, you can't deny the facts: Landry Jones is now the winningest quarterback in OU history after picking up his 33rd victory as a Sooner signal caller Saturday at the Cotton Bowl.

The win jets him past former OU great Steve Davis, who quarterbacked the Sooners to a 32-1-1 mark between the years of 1973-76 and won a pair of National Championships in 1974 and 1975.

"It's hitting me right now," Jones said. "You just look back at all the great quarterbacks, all the great players around this place, and to be in that company and be in all those things, it's just been really fun. And God has just blessed me so much to just be able to play this game and even play it a high level, so it has just been really nice and it has been fun."

Jones quarterbacked OU to seven victories in 2009.

He led them to 12 the following season when OU snapped its five-game BCS losing streak with a 48-20 win over Connecticut in the Fiesta Bowl.

Last year, he anchored the Sooners to their 10th 10-win season under head coach Bob Stoops and an Insight Bowl victory, raising his bowl record to a perfect 3-0.

And this time around he's off to a 4-1 start and has the Sooners back in the National Championship discussion just three weeks after losing to Kansas State.

All in all, he's 33-9 as a starting quarterback for the Crimson and Cream with eight more games to play in his final season.

"It's just been a blessing, it's been a ride," Jones said. "I got here in 2008 and I never would have thought that I would have stayed around this place, but I'm just really blessed. I just thank God to get to play at a university like this place.

"It's really special and there is so much tradition around this place. You look at it and you're just really thankful that you get to come play."

In the process, Jones has set several other records, most notably including the all-time passing leader mark with his 13,732 yards and counting and the single-game passing record in a 505-yard throwing outburst last year at Kansas State.

So, the Artesia, N.M., native is firmly entrenched in the Sooner history books, though he's so frequently scrutinized by fans and the media.

And not only did he earn the record, but he also joined a prestigious list by doing so against Texas.

Jones became only the fourth quarterback in the Sooners' storied to tradition to go 3-0 against Texas.

The other three include Jimmy Harris, Steve Davis and Jamelle Holloway.

"Days like this, don't get too many days like this," Jones said. "And when you do, you have got to cherish them and remember them and always thank God for them."

Perhaps, too, Sooner fans need to cherish the signal caller they have right now because he's one of the best ever to put on an OU uniform.

The records, such as this latest one, would suggest that.

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