2011 Insight Bowl
1234 Total
Iowa 00014 14
Oklahoma 77710 31
DateDecember 30, 2011
Season2011
StadiumSun Devil Stadium
LocationTempe, Arizona
MVPBlake Bell (Oklahoma)
Jamell Fleming (Oklahoma)
FavoriteOklahoma by 15[1]
RefereeJack Wood (Pac-12)
Attendance54,247
PayoutUS$3.3 million per team
United States TV coverage
NetworkESPN
AnnouncersSean McDonough (Play-by-Play)
Matt Millen (Analyst)
Heather Cox (Sidelines)
Nielsen ratings3.0
Insight Bowl
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The 2011 Insight Bowl, the 23rd edition of the game, was a post-season American college football bowl game, held on December 30, 2011 at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona as part of the 2011–12 NCAA Bowl season.

The game was telecast at 8:00 p.m. MT on ESPN. The Iowa Hawkeyes of the Big Ten Conference faced the Oklahoma Sooners of the Big 12 Conference. Oklahoma won by a score of 31–14.[2]

The game was briefly suspended with 2:22 remaining in the fourth quarter when one of ESPN's skycams crashed onto the field, nearly hitting Iowa wide receiver Marvin McNutt, Jr.[3] The incident has since gone viral on YouTube.

For the 2012 season, the bowl had a new sponsor and a new name as it became the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl.

Teams

After winning the 2010 Insight Bowl 27–24 over Missouri, the Iowa Hawkeyes are back to take on the Sooners of Oklahoma, which began the season as the top-ranked team in both the Associated Press and ESPN coaches’ polls. The two teams have met only once, in 1979 when Oklahoma defeated Iowa 21–6 in head coach Hayden Fry's second game. On that team were Bob Stoops, the current Oklahoma head coach, and Bruce Kittle, currently a Sooner assistant coach.

Iowa

See also: 2011 Iowa Hawkeyes football team

The Hawkeyes opened the season unranked, and could not put together anything longer than a two-game winning streak during the 2011 season. The bright spot was a win over No. 13 Michigan at Kinnick Stadium. Iowa entered the Insight Bowl at 7–5 overall (4–4 B1G).

Oklahoma

See also: 2011 Oklahoma Sooners football team

After opening the season as the No. 1 ranked team in the preseason polls, the Sooners entered the Insight Bowl with a 9–3 record (6–3 Big 12). Coming off a 44–10 loss to No. 3 Oklahoma State, the Sooners were looking to build momentum for the 2012 season. Head coach Bob Stoops and assistant Bruce Kittle played at Iowa under Hayden Fry in the 1980s.

Game summary

2011 Insight Bowl
1 2 34Total
Iowa 0 0 01414
Oklahoma 7 7 71031

at Sun Devil StadiumTempe, Arizona

  • Date: Friday, December 30, 2011
  • Game time: 10:00 p.m. EST (8:00 p.m. local MST)
  • Game weather: • Temperature: 62 °F (17 °C) • Wind: calm
  • Game attendance: 54,247
  • Referee: Jack Wood (Pac-10)
  • TV announcers (ESPN): Sean McDonough (play-by-play), Matt Millen (analyst), Heather Cox (sidelines)
  • Box score
Game information
First quarter
  • 10:19 OU – Blake Bell 4-yard run, Michael Hunnicutt kick good. Drive: 2 plays, 10 yards, 0:30. Oklahoma 7–0
Second quarter
  • 6:56 OU – Blake Bell 4-yard run, Michael Hunnicutt kick good. Drive: 13 plays, 66 yards, 4:48. Oklahoma 14–0
Third quarter
  • 7:42 OU – Trent Ratterree 3-yard pass from Landry Jones, Michael Hunnicutt kick good. Drive: 10 plays, 64 yards, 3:46. Oklahoma 21–0
Fourth quarter
  • 14:46 IOWA – C. J. Fiedorowicz 5-yard pass from James Vandenberg, Mike Meyer kick good. Drive: 16 plays, 75 yards, 7:56. Oklahoma 21–7
  • 6:56 IOWA – Jordan Canzeri 9-yard pass from James Vandenberg, Mike Meyer kick good. Drive: 12 plays, 78 yards, 3:28. Oklahoma 21–14
  • 2:28 OU – Michael Hunnicutt 35-yard field goal. Drive: 9 plays, 44 yards, 4:28. Oklahoma 24–14
  • 0:45 OU – Blake Bell 21-yard run, Michael Hunnicutt kick good. Drive: 4 plays, 30 yards, 1:03. Oklahoma 31–14

Statistics

Statistics Iowa OU
First downs 21 15
Plays–yards 82–292 62–275
Rushes–yards 37–76 37–114
Passing yards 238 179
Passing: Comp–Att–Int 23–45–2 16–25–1
Time of possession 20:03 16:22
Team Category Player Statistics
Iowa Passing James Vandenberg 23/44, 216 yards, 2 TD, INT
Rushing Jordan Canzeri 22 rushes, 58 yards
Receiving Keenan Davis 5 receptions, 76 yards
OU Passing Landry Jones 16/25, 161 yards, TD, INT
Rushing Blake Bell 10 rushes, 51 yards, 3 TD
Receiving Kameel Jackson 3 receptions, 45 yards

References

  1. ^ Bowl Schedule, Los Angeles Times, December 7, 2011
  2. ^ "Blake Bell, Sooners hold off Hawkeyes in Insight Bowl". ESPN. December 31, 2011. Retrieved January 3, 2022.
  3. ^ Marshall, John (December 31, 2001). "Insight Bowl: Camera Falls to Field as Oklahoma Holds Off Iowa". Huffington Post. Retrieved January 2, 2012.