by CFP Staff
December 31, 2011
Oklahoma notched its 33rd season of at least 10 victories when it downed Iowa 31-14 in the Insight Bowl on Friday night. The Sooners saw a 21-0 third quarter lead shrink to 21-14 before a late 10-point flurry put the game away.
The Sooners played conservatively in marching toward the field goal to up by 10, and after holding Iowa on downs, Oklahoma added an accidental touchdown while trying to run out the clock as backup QB Blake Bell ran up the gut and found no one in his way for a 21-yard scamper.
The Sooners upped their all-time bowl record to 27-17-1 with their third straight bowl win.
Iowa is 14-11-1 after its 3-bowl winning streak came to an end.
The Hawkeyes were playing in the Insight Bowl in consecutive years after downing 27–24 in last year’s game.
The Hawkeyes finished 7-6 against a difficult 2011 schedule that included a 4-3 mark against seven ranked opponents.
For Oklahoma faithful, the season was a downer after preseason hype that had the Sooners atop the polls. The Congrove Computer Rankings projected Oklahoma to face Alabama in the BCS Championship game.
The 2011 Sooners defeated three of five opponents ranked on game day — no. 5 Florida State, no. 11 Texas and no. 10 Kansas State. They toppled the rival Longhorns 55–17 in the “Red River Shootout,” OU’s largest margin of victory in the rivalry since downing Texas 65–13 in 2003.
Bob Stoops reached 100 wins faster than any head coach in the modern era and he remains the nation’s only head coach to take his team to all four BCS games and the national championship contest.
81.3% of CollegeFootballPoll.com voters picked Oklahoma to win and the Congrove Computer Rankings had the Sooners up by 20.74 points, the highest margin of any of the 35 bowl games.