For the last Bowl Game of the day, we turn to a new guest contributor: Jason Burt, better known on Twitter by the handle SGdirtyburt. The Insight Bowl serves as a precursor of sorts to the Fiesta Bowl each season, so it seems apt that the Oklahoma Sooners are the home team for this year’s game as the Oklahoma State Cowboys prepare to be the home team in the Fiesta Bowl. Let’s see how Jason’s time with the game between the Sooners and the Iowa Hawkeyes turned out!
As bowl season rolls around every year, the excitement of College Football fans around the Country rise to all-time highs as their teams play for a title or just pride. The Insight Bowl which is played at Arizona State University’s Sun Devil Stadium featuring the Iowa Hawkeyes versus the Oklahoma Sooners are both only playing for the latter. The Hawkeyes appearing in its 10th bowl game since 2001 boast a school record three-game bowl winnings streak. The Sooners storied program boast 7 national titles, 45 bowl appearances, and 43 conference crowns. Oklahoma also entered the 2011 season as the nation’s top-ranked team, which they held until a mid-season loss at home to unranked Texas Tech. From that point forward, Oklahoma finished the rest of the season at 3-3. The other two losses came from Baylor with Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III and an embarrassing blowout to arch-rival Oklahoma State. So, which one of the two teams will play for their pride and ride momentum into next year’s season? We’ll just have to settle it on the field in EA SPORTS NCAA Football 12. I decided to take the Iowa Hawkeyes because they are a two touchdown underdog and one of my good friends graduated from Iowa with an engineering degree.
The Oklahoma Sooners wearing their Red Home jerseys won the toss and decided to take the ball in 2nd half. Oklahoma K #17 teed up the ball and kicked off to the Iowa Hawkeyes who are wearing their road white uniforms. The Hawkeyes trying to play ball control ended up punting in their first two possessions. The Sooners first possession end in a three-and out, but on their second possession, Oklahoma got the nation’s fourth ranked offence rolling down the field. Oklahoma QB #12 lead the attack by throwing darts into the heart of the Hawkeye’s secondary. When the Sooners entered the Red Zone, the Iowa defense stiffened up and held Oklahoma to 26 Yd field-goal as time was running out in the first quarter.
The second quarter started much like the first for the Hawkeyes running game. The tough Sooner defense shutdown the Iowa ball control running attack. This was a turning point in the game, as the Iowa Head Coach turned Junior QB #16 loose in the passing game. Looking to Senior WR #7 and Junior WR #6, the Hawkeyes drove the ball down the field against the Sooner defense. With 1:02 left in the second quarter, Iowa QB#16 hit FB #38 on an angle route for an 11 yd Touchdown.
The Sooners, who differed to the 2nd Half, are set to receive the ball to start the 3rd quarter. Iowa K #96 kicks the ball off deep to Oklahoma RB #22. The Sooner RB took the ball up field about 17 yards until Hawkeye DB #40 put a bone-crushing hit that jarred the ball loose from the Sooner’s RB. The fumble is recovered by CB #19 of the Hawkeyes and returned inside the Oklahoma 10 yd line.
The Oklahoma defense tightened up inside their 10 yd line and Iowa K #96 was true on a 17 Yd Field Goal Attempt. The Sooners took their next possession right down the field to the Hawkeye 15 yard line, but any thoughts of getting points on the drive were crushed by Iowa CB #19 interception in the end-zone to halt the drive. Oklahoma went on to kick a 27 Yd field goal before the start of fourth quarter.
The final quarter starts out with the Hawkeyes leading the Sooners 10-6 and getting the kickoff from the Oklahoma field goal. Iowa takes their possession into Oklahoma territory, but the Hawkeyes are forced to send K #96 out for a 47 Yd Field Goal attempt. K #96 hits the long field goal making the lead 13-6. Having a touchdown lead inspires the Hawkeye defense to force Oklahoma into a three-and-out on their next possession. Iowa QB #16 had played a solid game since turning loose the passing attack midway through the 1st half, but the Junior QB made a crucial mistake early in the 4th quarter that could cost his team a victory. While being pressured from an Oklahoma blitz, Hawkeye QB #16 throws an ill-advised interception to Oklahoma SS #4. The Sooners carve their way through the Iowa defense and score on a 7yd pass from QB #12 to WR #24 with 51 seconds to go and tie the game 13-13.
The Hawkeyes coach plays aggressive with nothing to lose, and he calls a flood route to left-side of the field to catch the aggressive Sooner defense off guard. The gamble works as QB #16 reads one-on-one coverage to the outside and hits speedy WR #6 on a 71 Yd pass to the Oklahoma 5 yard line.
Iowa takes a timeout to set-up a Strong-I Weak Counter run that results in a 5 Yd Touchdown by HB #32. The Hawkeyes lead 20-13 with 23 Seconds left in the game and choose to squib-kick to avoid the Oklahoma dangerous kick returners. The final play of the game would be an interception by CB #18 on Oklahoma QB #12.
The Hawkeyes break their own school record of four straight bowl victories and put another painful loss into the Sooners miserable season.
With Jason’s upset win as Iowa, the Oklahoma Sooners take a third loss in their third appearance here at STAT BOX STORIES. Will they have better luck in the real life 2011 Insight Bowl? Be sure to watch the game tonight, and come back tomorrow for more entries in the BOWL BLITZ INVITATIONAL!
Guest Author Bio:
Jason Burt is an EA SPORTS Game Changer and the sports game reviewer for PlanetXbox360.com. He is also a graduate of the University of Alabama, which means he’s already getting anxious about the upcoming January 9th, 2012 BCS National Championship game when the Crimson Tide take on the LSU Tigers. You can follow him on Twitter at @SGdirtyburt.