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Friday, January 18, 2013
Decisions that defined OU in 2012: No. 1

By Jake Trotter

From QB Landry Jones staying to defensive coordinator Mike Stoops arriving, the storylines were many for the 2012 Sooners. But sometimes, the small decisions turned out to be big ones that defined the season, too. With that in mind, here are the five decisions that probably made the biggest impact on Oklahoma's 2012 season. 

Landry Jones
Landry Jones' decision to return for his senior season boosted the Sooners into the No. 4 position in the preseason AP poll.
Landry Jones put off the NFL draft a year and came back to school with the goal of competing for the national championship. Maybe winning the Heisman, too.

Jones' Heisman dreams were dashed in a September loss to Kansas State. Then OU's national championship hopes were ended for good in an October defeat to Notre Dame.

Jones didn't have the senior season he had hoped for. But he had pretty good one.

Yes, Jones didn't play well against Kansas State, and had a horrible ending to the season in the Texas A&M trouncing. But he saved the Sooners in November with two of the best QB performances in OU history, rallying the Sooners to wins over West Virginia and Oklahoma State. In each game, Jones threw for more than 500 yards and led OU on a do-or-die fourth-quarter touchdown drive. Without Jones, it's difficult to envision OU still winning either game.

The Sooners weren't good enough to contend for the national championship with Jones. But they could have ended with at least a couple more losses without him.