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Oklahoma hangs on to beat Iowa in Insight Bowl

Blake Bell, Shaun Prater AP

Being the preseason No. 1 team, Oklahoma was already facing some disappointment playing in the Insight Bowl against Iowa. Losing to the Hawkeyes would have been worse.

Instead, the Sooners salvaged a 10-win season by holding on against a fourth quarter Iowa rally to beat Bob Stoops‘ alma mater 31-14. Oklahoma failed to accumulate 300 yards on offense and freshman quarterback Blake Bell was the team’s leading rusher with 51 yards and 3 touchdowns — the final one came with under a minute to play to seal the game for good.

But the Sooners made enough stops defensively – ESPN’s skycam did it’s part to stop the Hawkeyes offense too — to win the game and cap off a season of injury and heartbreak. Tonight, as ESPN reminnded us today, would have been Austin Box‘s last game with the Sooners. Box, a linebacker for the Sooners, tragically passed away over the summer. Tony Jefferson wore Box’s jersey this evening.

It was also the last game for Iowa defensive coordinator Norm Parker, who will hang up the headset after 13 seasons with coach Kirk Ferentz and 44 seasons as a collegiate coach. Earlier this month, Parker was named the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Assistant Coach of the Year.

The Sooners end the season at 10-3; Iowa falls to 7-6 to end a disappointing 2011 campaign.

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9 Responses to “Oklahoma hangs on to beat Iowa in Insight Bowl”
  1. fadein2bolivian says: Dec 31, 2011 2:23 AM

    Not for nothin’, but it was Tony Jefferson, not Travis Lewis who wore Box’s number.

  2. goblue714 says: Dec 31, 2011 7:55 AM

    How is 31-14 hanging on for the win? What everyone was surprised it wasn’t by 50?

  3. Ben Kercheval says: Dec 31, 2011 8:37 AM

    goblue,

    It was 24-14 with 2:30 left to play in the game. Iowa had outscored OU 14-3 in the fourth quarter to that point. Bell’s touchdown was late.

    Fade,

    My bad. For some reason I thought it was Lewis, but you’re right. It’s been fixed.

  4. goblue714 says: Dec 31, 2011 8:44 AM

    Still a 10pt lead with 2:30 to go, now a 3 or 7pt lead with 2:30 to go is hanging on.

  5. gatiger says: Dec 31, 2011 8:56 AM

    I’m with goblue on this one. Turned it off, Iowa struggling, OU up by 21. See this headline think wow, missed another Baylor/Washington finish.

    See the score, read the article….doesn’t feel “Hanging On” to me.

  6. gatiger says: Dec 31, 2011 8:57 AM

    ps…but the headline did make me read it, so Mission Accomplished!

  7. gorilladunk says: Dec 31, 2011 9:46 AM

    This game, like so many so far in the bowl season was BORING for the most part. Landry Jones showed why he is such an enigma to Sooners fans. Great throw one minute, terrible throw another. I would love to know what he was thinking on the past that was tipped and intercepted at the goal line. The receiver was double covered so it probably would have been picked even if not tipped by a D lineman. Best thing to come out of the game was seeing Mike Stoops on the sideline. If he comes back to OU, that’s great news.

  8. polegojim says: Dec 31, 2011 11:02 AM

    Great job Iowa – running that tight, that late with the former #1!!!

    Also proves OK was ranked correctly.

  9. mogogo1 says: Dec 31, 2011 1:04 PM

    Iowa was within 7 in the 4th quarter, so maybe I can buy “hangs on” though it is odd saying that when the final score was 31-14. But what game was the guy watching when he came up with the “But the Sooners made enough stops defensively…” line? Iowa scored all of TWICE in the entire game. It wasn’t exactly Baylor vs. Washington.

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