Sooner set NCAA record in bowl win over Iowa.
Oklahoma beat Iowa 31-14 to win the 2011 Insight Bowl, marking the first time in the Stoops Era that the Sooners have recorded 3 consecutive Bowl wins. The Sooners also picked up their 10th win of the season, the program's 33rd overall, which also the best among NCAA Division 1 schools.
The Sooners would have preferred to be in New Orleans playing for the national title, but ended up in Tempe after the wheels came off the Schooner. Still, there was a lot to play for, and even though the Sooners fell way short of their expectations when the season began, a bowl win and the opportunity to set a record while you're at it isn't that bad of a consolation prize.
Oklahoma's defense held Iowa scoreless through the first three quarters, before giving up a pair of late touchdowns. They clamped down to hold off the Hawkeyes with the game still within reach; forcing a turnover on downs, and a Tom Wort interception to put icing on the cake.
The offense wasn't stellar, but it got the job done. Landry Jones' numbers weren't exactly eye-popping, considering the number of 300+ yard outings he had this season. He did however find Tight End Trent Ratterree in the corner of the endzone for a touchdown, breaking a 3 game drought in which he failed to throw a TD pass.
It's not entirely on him however; as Stoops tends to favor the "Belldozer" once the Sooners get near the endzone. A package that has proven to be unstoppable since being unveiled against Kansas State, it was Iowa's turn to feel the wrath of Blake Bell. They would soon learn the hard way after Bell found the endzone 3 times, including late in the 4th quarter to seal the win for the Sooners.
Oklahoma will be losing some key players; some through graduation, others opting to transfer. They will more than likely be ranked in the preseason, but how high they’ll be ranked will depend on what Landry Jones decides to do.
His stock in the draft has definitely dropped some, especially late in the season as he and the rest of the offense struggled following a season-ending injury to Ryan Broyles. There's enough of that buck to pass around, but as a quarterback that's highly regarded as he is, a lot more was expected of him. With his decision carrying such an impact, the next few weeks will be rather interesting.
That being said, it was important for Oklahoma to end the season on a positive note. In a season where anything that could have possibly gone wrong did, it was great to see team at least have something worth celebrating.