TEMPE, Ariz. -- Oklahoma hasn’t gotten much going on offense, but still leads 14-0, thanks largely to a Jamell Fleming interception early in the game that set up the Sooners' first touchdown.
Stat of the half: The Sooners have now gone 15 straight quarters without a touchdown pass. Landry Jones has completed 7 of 11 passes for 70 yards. But he has been stuck on 28 touchdown passes since the Texas A&M game on Nov. 5, when favorite target Ryan Broyles suffered a season-ending knee injury.
Best player in the half: How about Belldozer package fullbacks Jaydan Bird and Trey Millard? Bird, a linebacker filling in for the injured Aaron Ripkowski, plowed a hole behind the left guard for Blake Bell’s first touchdown. Millard cleared out Iowa cornerback Shaun Prater on a sweep for Bell’s second. The Sooners continue to struggle offensively, but have made the most of their red-zone opportunities thanks to the Belldozer.
What Oklahoma needs to do: Keep everything in front of them on defense. The Hawkeyes have had some success offensively with 11 first downs (compared to OU’s six). But as long as the Sooners keep Iowa from connecting on the big pass play, they should be able to put this one away. On the other hand, one big play could get the Hawkeyes right back in it.