There’s an exhilaration quarterbacks feel when they throw a touchdown pass. It’s a rush that nothing replicates. Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones hasn’t been able to experience it many times this season.
Through five games, he’s thrown just nine touchdown passes. For a guy who averaged 2.325 per game over his first three seasons, it’s a very slow pace.
There’s a very simple reason for Jones’ slowing touchdown production: Blake Bell.
OU’s backup quarterback and the short-yardage package he’s led with bruising efficiency over the Sooners’ last 11 games, dating to the 2011 season, has virtually eliminated the short touchdown pass from OU’s playbook. All of Jones’ touchdown passes have been on plays of 10 yards or longer through the first five games.