The No. 14 Oklahoma Sooners had decisive control over the first three quarters of the 2011 Insight Bowl in Tempe, AZ, before the Iowa Hawkeyes came to life in the fourth quarter. Unfortunately for Iowa, their comeback was a case of too little, too late.The Sooners would eventually walk away with the 31-14 victory.
The Sooners owned the opening half of play, with running back Blake Bell rushing for touchdowns in the first and second quarters. The Hawkeyes also had a costly interception and a turnover on downs on the Oklahoma 6-yard line in the first half.
The Sooners added a touchdown pass in the third quarter, extending their lead to 21-0 before Iowa got on the board. Iowa quarterback James Vandenberg tossed two touchdown passes, one to C.J. Fiedorowicz and one to Jordan Canzeri, to cut the Oklahoma lead to 21-14 with just under 7:00 left to play. Unfortunately for the Hawkeyes, the Sooners were able to hold them off before kicking a field goal with less than three minutes left to take their lead back up to ten points.
Vandenberg got creamed on a rushing play just before the two minute warning in the fourth quarter and looked to be injured on the play. A Sooners linebacker drilled Vandenberg in the helmet with his knee during a tackle. On the following drive, Oklahoma put the game away with 0:45 seconds remaining as Bell rushed for a 21-yard touchdown, his third rushing touchdown of the game.