Insight Bowl Postgame: Breaking It Down

TEMPE, Ariz. — The No. 14 Sooners finished their season on a high note with a 31-14 victory over Iowa, and Sooners Illustrated digs deeper into this contest.

Game ball goes to: Quarterback Blake Bell—Without him, it's safe to say the Sooners wouldn't have won this game. He finished with three touchdowns, two at crucial times. Bell racked up 51 yards on the ground on 10 carries and really commanded the Sooner offense when he was in there. The Insight Bowl Offensive Most Valuable Player was truly worthy of that award.

Play of the game: There weren't a whole lot of striking plays to choose from, but early in the game came one. Iowa quarterback James Vandenberg dropped back to pass and boundary cornerback Jamell Fleming jumped the route on his intended receiver and picked him off, returning it 21 yards. It set up OU's first touchdown.

It was over when: Place kicker Mike Hunnicutt put through a 35-yarder to give OU a 24-14 lead with 2:28 remaining right before the overhead camera crashed to the ground. Iowa, despite clicking offensively in the fourth quarter, just didn't seem to have enough time and preceded to go three-and-out.

Surprise of the game:The overhead camera dropping to the ground. This isn't something football fans see every day, and it happened Friday night in the Insight Bowl.

The biggest thing we learned: Despite all the negativity, this team still has resiliency. For them to suffer all the injuries and now recent attrition and respond with a bowl victory and 10-win season is still impressive in and of itself.

The biggest concern: State of the offense. Will quarterback Landry Jones return. Can the receivers start becoming more consistent heading into next season and will they have a better offensive flow than late in the season. The next few months will decide all that.

Streak count: 3 consecutive bowl victories (2009 Sun Bowl, 2011 Fiesta Bowl, 2011 Insight Bowl)

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