Heisman Trophy Tracker: Oklahoma's Landry Jones Makes Biggest Leap Forward

John Bain@John_BainCorrespondent IIOctober 8, 2011

DALLAS, TX - OCTOBER 8:   Quarterback Landry Jones #12 of the Oklahoma Sooners rolls out to avoid the rush against the Texas Longhorns at the Cotton Bowl on October 8, 2011 in Dallas, Texas.  The Sooners defeated the Longhorns 55 to 17.  (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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On Saturday afternoon in Dallas, Texas, Landry Jones absolutely destroyed the Texas Longhorns defense. If the Oklahoma Sooners quarterback didn't take the biggest leap forward to the top of the pack of Heisman hopefuls, it would be shocking.

Landry entered the game averaging 361 yards through the air, and he surpassed that Saturday throwing for 367 yards on 31 completions for three touchdowns. What makes this feat even more impressive is that Landry did it against Texas.

Texas' passing defense was ranked 18th in the nation, allowing just 178 yards per game and a total of two touchdowns all season. With that defense they also have six interceptions. The Longhorns didn't come close to any of their previous defensive marks against Oklahoma on Saturday.

Without Landry Jones, the Sooners aren't in the Top Three in the nation. That fact has remained very true throughout the season, and this game solidified his importance to Oklahoma that much more.

The Oklahoma passing game has accounted for over 70 percent of all Sooners yardage on the season and Landry on his own has over 50 percent of the scoring offense of Oklahoma. 

In comparison to his main competitors at the quarterback position in the road to the Heisman, Landry has more total yards than Russell Wilson, Andrew Luck, and Kellen Moore, and is even on touchdowns.

Landry Jones wasn't expected to be in the running for the Heisman this season, but it is time to take a second look.