Sunday, January 2, 2011
Sooners break BCS curse
Bob Stoops and the Oklahoma Sooners end a five-game BCS bowl losing streak by beating Connecticut, who was making its first BCS bowl appearance. The 48-20 Oklahoma blowout featured four turnovers and four non-offensive touchdowns - two by each team.
Landry Jones threw for an Oklahoma bowl record 429 yards to go along with three touchdown passes. Jones' 429 yards are the second-most in Fiesta Bowl history behind only Browning Nagle's 451 yards for Louisville in 1991. Landry Jones found success against Connecticut's defense down the sidelines. All three of his touchdown passes came on throws to the right, and he was 5-9 for one touchdown on throws of 10 yards or more down the sidelines.
Most of Jones' passes went to Ryan Broyles, who set Oklahoma bowl records for receptions with 13 and receiving yards with 170.
For the second straight game, UConn scored all of its points on special teams and defense. In the two games they scored 39 points on a kickoff return for a touchdown, two interception returns for touchdowns and six field goals.
A big problem was Connecticut quarterback Zach Frazer's inability to stretch the Oklahoma defense. Frazer struggled on passes over 5 yards, hitting on only 34.8 percent of such passes. He also failed to complete any of his seven passes of 20 yards or more.