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OU to play Iowa in Bowl on Dec. 30

BY TRAVIS HANEY, Staff Writer, Modified: December 4, 2011 at 7:39 pm •  Published: December 4, 2011

NORMAN – A three-loss regular season has left Oklahoma playing second fiddle to its rival in Phoenix.

The Sooners were invited Sunday evening to play Iowa in the Dec. 30 Bowl in Tempe, Ariz.

Oklahoma State, which defeated OU 44-10 on Saturday night, will play in the Jan. 2 Fiesta Bowl against Stanford. The two bowls are owned and run by the same organization.

Oklahoma hoped to avoid having to share the desert spotlight with its rival, but the choices were few for a team that sunk to a tie for third in the Big 12 after beginning the season as the AP preseason No. 1.

There was some thinking Sunday afternoon that the Sooners might back into the Jan. 6 Cotton Bowl, but that was contingent on Kansas State getting into the BCS, into the Sugar Bowl, as an at-large selection.

Once the Sugar Bowl went with Virginia Tech, it became clear the Wildcats would be in Dallas and OU would be shuffled to the Insight.

The Alamo Bowl was also a possibility for a time for the Sooners, but the San Antonio-based game went with Baylor – a good local story with Heisman contender Robert Griffin III and the 9-3 Bears.

Iowa went 7-5, 4-4 in the Big Ten, this season. The Sooners had one common opponent with Iowa: Iowa State.

OU defeated the Cyclones 26-6 last week. The Hawkeyes lost to Iowa State in overtime in the second week of the season.

The last time OU played against Iowa, Bob Stoops was a player for the Hawkeyes.

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