For most of three quarters, the Sooners appeared ready to add to their list of bowl shutouts: the 1949 Sooners against LSU in the Sugar Bowl, the '53 Sooners against Maryland in the Orange, the '72 Sooners against Penn State in the Sugar and the '00 Sooners against Florida State in the Orange, honorary members since the Seminoles got a safety.
But even while blanking Iowa, the Sooners weren't dominant. Bob Stoops said his defense was “outstanding,” but Iowa reeled off drives of 14, 16 and 12 plays. The Hawkeyes produced two fourth-quarter touchdowns and made OU sweat for this one.
“Guys played well,” Stoops said. “First half, we weren't far off. And the second half was outstanding. I'm happy for our seniors, and it gives us lots of momentum for next year.”
Jones returning would be even more momentum. I don't know if he'll go pro or not, but even if Jones is back, the Belldozer will be. That package is just too efficient for the Sooners to do anything but add to it.
“The substitute quarterback, that guy's a load,” said Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz. “Makes it a challenge. They're a good football team, top to bottom.”
Truth is, OU fans had to sit through this game thinking, more Belldozer. More Belldozer.
Come to think of it, the Belldozer would make a heck of a Big Ten offense. Put it with a gunslinging Big 12 offense, and it's a nice weapon to have.
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