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Oklahoma QB Landry Jones picks Notre Dame apart through the air

Updated: November 29, 2012 6:51AM

NORMAN, Okla. — Notre Dame’s defense had no answer for Oklahoma’s passing game in the first half Saturday night. Fortunately for the Irish, the Sooners didn’t take advantage.

Landry Jones , facing virtually no pressure early on, moved into sixth place on the NCAA’s all-time passing list with 194 yards in the first two quarters. He completed four passes in the first 60 seconds, picking apart the bewildered Irish in a blistering no-huddle offense.

But a bad snap killed Oklahoma’s first impressive drive, and the second one stalled out in the Irish red zone, leading to a 29-yard field goal.

At that point, Oklahoma all but abandoned the pass and tried to run against ND’s vaunted front seven. It didn’t work.

Oklahoma had only three rushing yards in the first half (the bad snap and Manti Te’o’s first sack of the season didn’t help) and had two consecutive punts while trying to balance out the offense.In the last drive of the second quarter, Oklahoma returned to the air and quickly marched into the red zone. But a holding penalty wiped out

Blake Bell’s touchdown run (it would have been the first rushing TD allowed by ND) and a dropped pass by Brennan Clay on third down forced OU to settle for another short field goal.

Even with the brief dalliance with smash-mouth football, Jones threw a whopping 27 passes in the first half.

Atkinson out

Tailback George Atkinson III didn’t make the trip for ND because he came down with the flu. Cierre Wood — who ran for an Atkinson-like 62-yard TD run in the first quarter — was deep on kickoffs in Atkinson’s place alongside Cam McDaniel .

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