Tahlequah Daily Press

November 27, 2012

Shinn at 3 p.m.: Big 12 honors Jones, Saunders


The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — Oklahoma was shutout of the Big 12 Conference weekly awards for the first 10 weeks. It's now closing with a vengeance.

The league office announced on Monday that quarterback Landry Jones has been named the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week and wide receiver 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. Jones has claimed Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week honors 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.

The senior 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.

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.