Insight Bowl 2011 – Iowa Hawkeyes vs Oklahoma Sooners

OK, I know this wasn’t billed as the contest of the century or a battle of titans but you would think the game would provide some good football action, I mean after all this was the Oklahoma Sooners an explosive team for sure and the Iowa Hawkeyes. On paper the game looked to be an exciting contest, but down on the field stuff just sort of seemed a bit lackluster.

December 30 2011: Iowa Hawkeyes quarterback James Vandenberg (16) drops back to pass during the Insight Bowl between the Big Ten Conference Iowa Hawkeyes and the Big 12 Conference Oklahoma Sooners at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona. The Oklahoma Sooners defeated the Iowa Hawkeyes 31-14.

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Neither team could figure out how to actually move the ball and things were looking difficult for us photographer’s on the sidelines. I expected big things from Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Landry Jones and the young Iowa Hawkeyes quarterback James Vandenberg, but all I could do was grab stock shots of these two gentleman as they tried to march their teams up and down the field.

December 30 2011: Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Landry Jones (12) drops back to pass during the Insight Bowl between the Big Ten Conference Iowa Hawkeyes and the Big 12 Conference Oklahoma Sooners at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona. The Oklahoma Sooners defeated the Iowa Hawkeyes 31-14.

One of the other photographer’s said after that it was a “great game” and I wondered if maybe I missed a turn somewhere on the way to the stadium and ended up in some parallel universe because the game that I saw was anything but “great.”

Yeah, sure the Oklahoma Sooners marching band came out swinging and put up some impressive numbers before the game started.

It wasn’t as cold down on the field as I thought it was going to be. When I say cold, I mean cold for us here in Arizona like upper 40’s.  when the game started at 8 pm it must have been mid 60’s so all in all it was a nice night to be at a football game.

The Iowa Hawkeye marching band was looking good and took the field before the game showing lots of energy and excitement.

The grandeur that was the 2011 Insight Bowl was about to begin and everyone was ready for some football action.

Wow, right out of the gate I show 4 shots of the band. Right about now you are saying to yourself that this doesn’t look good for game action images.

I will try to bring the action to you and get the party started with some quarterback shots like this one of Iowa Hawkeyes James Vandenberg as he drops back to pass.

It seemed like the quarterbacks would throw 2 incomplete passes and then try to run the ball which would result in a loss of yardage and then kick the ball. This is going to be a long night.

December 30 2011: Iowa Hawkeyes Keenan Davis (6) reaches for the goal line during the Insight Bowl between the Big Ten Conference Iowa Hawkeyes and the Big 12 Conference Oklahoma Sooners at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona. The Oklahoma Sooners defeated the Iowa Hawkeyes 31-14.

There was one exciting drive during the first half and the Hawks got close but turned the ball over on downs and never scored.

December 30 2011: Oklahoma Sooners Brennan Clay (3) looks for running room during the Insight Bowl between the Big Ten Conference Iowa Hawkeyes and the Big 12 Conference Oklahoma Sooners at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona. The Oklahoma Sooners defeated the Iowa Hawkeyes 31-14.

It seemed like the Sooners offense had the same plan and only managed 89 total offensive yards in the half, but they managed to score two touchdowns in the first half which is a big deal to go into half time leading by 14 points.

December 30 2011: Oklahoma Sooners Roy Finch (22) carries the ball during the Insight Bowl between the Big Ten Conference Iowa Hawkeyes and the Big 12 Conference Oklahoma Sooners at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona. The Oklahoma Sooners defeated the Iowa Hawkeyes 31-14.

A few of the Sooners runs looked impressive but just didn’t result in much yardage for the first half.

Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Landry Jones would come in for 2 or 3 plays and backup quarterback Blake Bell would come in and carry the ball into the end zone for the score. This quarterback switching game plan was a little unorthodox, but it was working for the Sooners and putting points on the board and that’s what counts.

I didn’t want you to think that I wasn’t paying attention to the beautiful cheerleaders or spirit squad members on the sidelines, I can not pass up the opportunity to point my camera at pretty ladies.

I have to give equal time to both teams here, I mean to be fair and all.

December 30 2011: Oklahoma Sooners Geneo Grissom (85) during the Insight Bowl between the Big Ten Conference Iowa Hawkeyes and the Big 12 Conference Oklahoma Sooners at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona. The Oklahoma Sooners defeated the Iowa Hawkeyes 31-14.

I wanted to get some player shots from the sidelines as well.

And of course the excited fan shots are something to look for at these big NCAA College football bowl games.

OK, back to the game action and the quarterback shootout.

The second half felt a little different, but the outcome was still the same, not many yards gained and not the explosive game we had hoped for.

The Hawks did manage to put 14 points on the board but they were struggling to move the ball effectively against the Sooners defense.

They were excited when they put the ball in the end zone, but there was still much work to be done.

December 30 2011: Oklahoma Sooners Roy Finch (22) carries the ball during the Insight Bowl between the Big Ten Conference Iowa Hawkeyes and the Big 12 Conference Oklahoma Sooners at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona. The Oklahoma Sooners defeated the Iowa Hawkeyes 31-14.

Oklahoma was mixing it up and managed to move the ball at times but the final score doesn’t reflect the lackluster performance of this game.

The action looked interesting from the sidelines and the Iowa defense managed to put Landry Jones on his back a couple of times, but that didn’t change the end result which was another Oklahoma Sooners win.

December 30 2011: Oklahoma Sooners head coach Bob Stoops during the Insight Bowl between the Big Ten Conference Iowa Hawkeyes and the Big 12 Conference Oklahoma Sooners at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona. The Oklahoma Sooners defeated the Iowa Hawkeyes 31-14.

The Sooners head coach Bob Stoops didn’t look worried, he was watching the clock and would probably say he had this one in the bag from the opening kickoff.

December 30 2011: Oklahoma Sooners Jamell Fleming (32) is awarded the defensive player of the game after the Insight Bowl between the Big Ten Conference Iowa Hawkeyes and the Big 12 Conference Oklahoma Sooners at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona. The Oklahoma Sooners defeated the Iowa Hawkeyes 31-14.

In the end it was an interesting game to cover and overall I had a great time at the 2011 Insight Bowl. I can’t wait to see which teams are next years Insight Bowl.

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5 thoughts on “Insight Bowl 2011 – Iowa Hawkeyes vs Oklahoma Sooners

    • Thanks Bob. I can’t help myself, I just have to be doing something creative, graphic design, photography, or whatever I can to do to keep the creativity alive.

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