TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Oklahoma dodged a huge rally plus a falling video camera to yank out there some sort of gritty win.
Blake Bell went for his / her finally touchdown within the closing seconds along with the No. nineteen Sooners live through a new past due rally, not to mention the crashing camera, that will close out some sort of challenging season which has a 31-14 victory more than Iowa inside the actual Insight Bowl on Friday night.
"It indicates some sort of lot. These individuals persevered," Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said. "(They) arrived here tonight and also played an excellent game."
Oklahoma (10-3) don't have a specially wonderful game coming from quarterback Landry Jones and also weren't useful on this ground, either. Once viewed as national-title contenders, your Sooners kept heli-copter flight gritty Hawkeyes, capping a distressing year which started off considering the demise connected with linebacker Austin Box from the offseason.
Jones used intended for 161 yards which includes a touchdown as well as an interception, and Bell put the game away with a 21-yard touchdown manage using 45 just a few seconds left.
"We would precisely what we all desired to: conclusion that which has a win," Oklahoma going back again Brennan Clay said.
Iowa (7-6) fell proper 21-0 problem prior to rallying powering a pair of touchdown moves coming from James Vandenberg. The Hawkeyes came up up just short and dodged some sort of possible devastation any time an overhead digital camera crashed into the field next to recipient Marvin McNutt in the closing minutes. McNutt grew to become tangled inside the line once that video camera arrived some yards driving him, but weren't hurt. The video game was delayed some minutes insurance policy coverage camera was dragged off the field.
Vandenberg overcame an beginning interception to throw for 216 yards, but had two interceptions as you move the Hawkeyes raced for just 76 yards to get rid of a new school-record three-game bowl successful streak.
Oklahoma's returning getaway for the wilderness had not been expected, a minimum of not necessarily this specific first inside bowl season.
Coming away a rout involving Connecticut in very last year's Fiesta Bowl, the particular Sooners were being positioned No. a single from the preseason, with expectations of any following nationwide title underneath Stoops.
Those aspirations were being gone after a string of traumas All-America receiver Ryan Broyles' split ACL ended up being that significant a single and a couple cutbacks throughout the actual very last three games, like some sort of 44-10 rout by Bedlam rival Oklahoma State inside the regular-season finale.
The aggravating work knocked Oklahoma outside not alone your nation's shining chase, but outside of a BCS bowl in addition to in the Insight Bowl .
Instead regarding creating a affirmation within the desert, the actual Sooners did actually remain continue to while in the very first half, attaining yards in small bits as opposed to their usual chunks. Oklahoma had just 89 yards on 27 works in the half, but brought 14-0 with thanks a couple of 4-yard operates by simply Bell one setup by an interception in addition to a different on the Sooners' just sustained drive.
The Sooners finally commenced to click on inside cost-free half.
Oklahoma went within Iowa's 10 about its opening drive, while that will concluded with an acrobatic tip-and-catch interception by Iowa defensive lineman Broderick Binns.
The Sooners stored running after that, walking down with their upcoming drive for the 3-yard, play-action touchdown move from Jones in order to Trent Ratterree bursting a ability with eight directly TDs by Bell to go in place 21-0.
The Hawkeyes argued back back.
Iowa overcame the actual suspension of their top rated operating again plus a popular opponent for you to succeed last year's Insight Bowl , busting Missouri 27-24. The Hawkeyes did the item behind Marcus Coker, that went intended for 219 yards and not one but two touchdowns following exchanging dangling beginner Adam Robinson.
This time ?t had been Coker whom had to watch. The sophomore, who leaped with regard to 1,384 yards and 15 touchdowns through regular season, ended up being dangling for violating the actual university's student-athlete program code connected with conduct.
Without Coker, Iowa might need to make use of a number of unproven working backs not one had more as compared with 18 holds along with lean much more on Vandenberg.
No one seemed to be specifically effective inside the primary half.
Vanderberg had been off-target quick in addition to experienced a excrete intercepted by way of Jamell Fleming at Iowa's 31-yard line inside the very first quarter, subsequently amplified the actual miscue when you're needed your late-hit penalty. Bell scored his or her first touchdown a pair of performs later.Iowa had just one continual push in the initial half, nevertheless that will petered out; this Hawkeyes lost several meters on a fourth-and-1 from Oklahoma's 6-yard line.
Their running sport ineffective, the particular Hawkeyes bumbled close to most of the following two groups before eventually relocating your baseball all over again later inside the third quarter. Vandenberg completed eleven involving his / her tendencies goes by for a 75-yard drive, the next a strong across-his-body throw for any 5-yard touchdown that will C.J. Fiedorowicz of which reduce Oklahoma's result in 21-7.
Vandenberg next bought the actual Hawkeyes within eight along with 7 minutes left, hitting Keenan Davis to change on your fourth-and-10 to set up a 9-yard touchdown move to help Jordan Canzeri on your screen.
That has been it, though.
Oklahoma's Mike Hunnicutt adopted a new 35-yard field target together with only over four minutes kept and Bell extra his final scoring function following the particular dropping camcorder almost required available McNutt.