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(OU Sports Information)
NORMAN, Okla. -- The Big 12 Conference announced Monday that QB Landry Jones has been named the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week and WR Jalen Saunders is the Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week. Both players played integral roles in leading Oklahoma to a 51-48 overtime victory over Oklahoma State on Saturday. Jones has claimed Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week honors each of the past two weeks and seven times in his career.
Jones completed 46-of-71 passes for 500 yards and three touchdowns against the Cowboys. He became the first player in OU history to register back-to-back 500-yard passing games and owns all three of the 500-yard games in school history. It was his 12th career game with 400-plus yards. Jones set single-game school records for both completions and attempts, breaking the previous marks of 39 completions (Josh Heupel vs. Ole Miss, 12/31/99) and 62 attempts (Jones vs. OSU, 11/27/10).
The senior from Artesia, N.M., became the Big 12’s career leader for passing yards (16,124) and total offense yards (15,756), marks which rank third and fourth, respectively, in NCAA history. Jones is also the first player in the FBS to have 3,000-plus passing yards and 26-plus touchdown passes in each of his four seasons.
With Oklahoma trailing 38-30 in the fourth quarter, Saunders ran back an OSU punt 81 yards for his first career punt return touchdown. The junior from Elk Grove, Calif., finished the game with 251 all-purpose yards, the sixth-highest single-game total by an OU wide receiver. Oklahoma is the only Big 12 team that has two punt return touchdowns in 2012.
This post was edited by MDellaVecchio 17 months ago
Both well deserved!
"With Nebraska trying to leave, we felt like we needed to send them out with a loss, and we did." -Ryan Broyles-
Very well deserved! Now let's get the trifecta next week, offensive, defensive and special teams players of the week.
It is great to have the kick return game back in high gear.
This post was edited by AdamsHall 17 months ago
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