Insight Bowl Report Card

TEMPE, Ariz. — Sooners Illustrated provides the bowl edition grades below.

Landry Jones: C+

Give him some credit for his heart, which was most displayed on a third-and-6 scramble where he gained seven yards and a first and endured a massive helmet-to-helmet smack from an Iowa defender. He wasn't exactly fluid throughout all parts of the contest, though. Jones missed receivers high at times and wide on a couple. Still, he threw for his first touchdown pass since the Texas A&M game when star slot receiver Ryan Broyles went down. Jones finished 16-of-25 for 161 yards and a touchdown, but also tossed an interception.

Gaining some momentum into the offseason: A+

With players transferring and attrition to the max, the last thing the Sooners needed last a loss in a bowl game where they were heavily favored. They avoided doing so by defeating the Hawkeyes. This victory will certainly improve the mood around the program and send the Sooners heading back in the right direction.

Defensive performance: A-

Yes, they allowed some points in the fourth quarter after stifling Iowa for 45 minutes, but they were pretty good the rest of the night. OU allowed just 76 yards on the ground following an Oklahoma State game where it was gashed for nearly 300. The Sooners did give up 21 first downs, five more than OU, and 292 yards, but recorded a pair of interceptions.

Technical crew: D

Granted it was entertaining, but camera equipment should never malfunction, and the overhead camera definitely should never fall from above. The falling camera actually hit Iowa wide receiver Marvin McNutt Jr., but luckily did not injure him in any serious way. The incident suspended play about five minutes.

The Belldozer: A+

Quarterback Blake Bell was a worthy recipient of the Offensive Most Valuable Player. Bell punished yet another defense with his physical presence, scoring three touchdowns on 10 carries, while racking up 51 yards. The Sooners got too cute with him in the game at times, but when they ran him in their normal fashion, it did not disappoint, to say the least.

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