A week after Oklahoma failed to reach the end zone for the first time in Bob Stoops' 11 seasons as coach, the scores came in bunches for the Sooners - and particularly for Jones, who passed for a career-high 392 yards and five touchdowns as Oklahoma became bowl-eligible with a 65-10 rout of Texas A&M on Saturday night.
"You have to be sure of yourself," Stoops said. "I think the more he played, the more comfortable he got and he started making the throws we know he can make."
Jones completed 24 of 39 passes and deftly relied on his playmakers, as DeMarco Murray, Ryan Broyles, Chris Brown and Adron Tennell each scored two touchdowns for Oklahoma (6-4, 4-2 Big 12), which rolled up season highs in offense (640 yards) and points.
"He definitely knows he doesn't have to carry the whole offense," Broyles said of Jones. "We have guys that can make plays and that definitely gives him confidence."
The Sooners' oft-criticized offensive line, which lost two more starters to injury a week earlier in a 10-3 loss to Nebraska, again had its share of miscues, but it didn't allow a sack against an Aggie defense that entered the game third in the FBS in that category.
"We just came out and executed and played the way that we're capable of playing," Jones said. "Playing smarter in the red zone, not having the dumb penalties down there that keep us out of the end zone.
"It's just a confidence booster to have a game like this and have our offense with everyone on the same page."
Meanwhile, Texas A&M (5-5, 2-4) couldn't get out of its own way, losing three fumbles in the first half - two on kick returns - and watching Oklahoma cash in each of them for a touchdown. The Aggies, who entered the game leading the conference in total offense, managed only 226 yards against Oklahoma. Texas A&M quarterback Jerrod Johnson completed 12 of 33 passes for 115 yards and one touchdown and the Aggies managed only 59 rushing yards.
"We weren't very good today," Texas A&M coach Mike Sherman said. "We shot ourselves in the foot numerous times."
"They took advantage of the opportunities we gave them and then the opportunities that they created themselves."
Oklahoma has won seven straight against the Aggies. The Sooners also have won 29 straight home games, the longest active streak in the FBS.
Unranked for the first time since 2005, Oklahoma put 42 points on the scoreboard in the first half.
"We had a good week of practice and came out and executed well," Stoops said. "We didn't do anything different in practice. We didn't have a different week. We did everything the same we have done for 11 years here."
Oklahoma led 7-0 before its first offensive snap as Brian Jackson returned a fumble by Christine Michael 52 yards for a touchdown. The Sooners went up 14-0 on receiver Broyles' first career rushing touchdown, on a 25-yard reverse.
Michael Hodges intercepted a Jones pass and returned it 28 yards to the Oklahoma 6, setting up the Aggies' only touchdown, a 9-yard pass from Johnson to Jeff Fuller that made it 14-10. But special-teams problems allowed the Sooners to pull away.
Oklahoma's Keenan Clayton recovered a fumbled punt by Colt Valencia at the Texas A&M 22, and Jones subsequently hit Broyles on a 5-yard touchdown pass. Brown capped an 85-yard Oklahoma scoring drive with a 6-yard touchdown run to make it 28-10. After the Aggies went three-and-out, Murray's 36-yard catch-and-run touchdown put the Sooners ahead 35-10.
Cyrus Gray fumbled while returning the ensuing kickoff and Oklahoma's Ronnell Lewis recovered at the Aggies 25. Jones threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Tennell 54 seconds before halftime.
"I wish I knew why that was today," Sherman said of the Aggies' kicking-game woes. "Last week, Cyrus Gray returned a touchdown and we're all excited about that, and this week he has a tough time hanging onto the football. We fumbled one that we also recovered, too, so it wasn't a good day from that standpoint."