Oklahoma vs Iowa: Live Scores, Highlights and Analysis of the Insight Bowl

Alex JosephAnalyst IDecember 29, 2011

TEMPE, AZ - DECEMBER 30:  Offensive lineman James Ferentz #53 of the Iowa Hawkeyes prepares to snap the football during the Insight Bowl against the Oklahoma Sooners at Sun Devil Stadium on December 30, 2011 in Tempe, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Final Score: 31-14, Oklahoma. 

There could only be one winner in Friday night's Insight Bowl, and the Oklahoma Sooners just so happened to finish on top. 

After leading 21-0 at the end of the third quarter, the Iowa Hawkeyes scored 14 unanswered points to officially make it a game. However, tonight belonged to "The Belldozer." 

For those who haven't heard this name before (if there are any of you out there), "The Belldozer" is Oklahoma's third-string quarterback, Blake Bell. Bell has been the main source of offense for the Sooners down the stretch of the season, and nothing was new tonight.

Bell rushed the ball 10 times for 51 yards and three touchdowns, including a 21-yard scamper—the final touchdown of the game with under a minute to play. 

It was fitting for Bell to have the "big game" for the Sooners, as starting quarterback Landry Jones struggled for the majority; Jones finished the game 16 of 25 for 161 yards, one touchdown and one interception. 

Could this be the end of the Landry Jones era? We will have to wait and see. 

Other than Bell's punishing runs, the Insight Bowl proved to be underwhelming. Both teams suffered from depleted rosters, but neither team's offense could ever get the ball rolling. There were 12 total punts in this game, but hey, at least they were good punts. 

Oklahoma punter Tress Way averaged 50.3 yards per punt with a long of 67. However, when punting is the one thing that really worked for a team, that can't be evidence to a well-played game. 

Oklahoma was able to finish the season with a win, and that should carry some momentum into the offseason, but the Sooners have to do a lot of work to get back to playing the type of football that they're accustomed with. 

Congratulations, Oklahoma. You were the less-bad team tonight.