2011 Insight Bowl Photos

2011 Insight Bowl Photos

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Oklahoma tight end James Hanna (82) celebrates with teammate Oklahoma offensive linesman Gabe Ikard (64) on the sideliens during the second half of the Insight Bowl NCAA college football game against Iowa Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011, in Tempe, Ariz. Oklahoma won 31-14. (AP Photo/Matt York)

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by John Marshall, AP College Football Writer

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Posted on December 31, 2011 at 11:09 PM

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -- Jones threw for 161 yards with a touchdown and an interception, and Bell put the game away with a 21-yard touchdown run with 45 seconds left.

At the Insight Bowl on Friday night, no one could miss the overhead camera when it came crashing down to the field late in the fourth quarter, nearly taking out one of the players.

The ESPN camera narrowly missed Iowa receiver Martin McNutt Jr., who became entangled in the guide wire but wasn’t hurt.

“First, I looked: `What is it that fell from the sky?”’ McNutt said after Iowa’s 31-14 loss to No. 19 Oklahoma. “The next thing I know, the camera kind of scratched me a little bit. It was just pulling me and I knew I didn’t want to keep going with it.”

The camera at the Insight Bowl was supplied by SkyCam, a division of Winnercomm, Inc., a sports production and development company in Tulsa, Okla. According to the company’s website, SkyCam is the only stabilized camera system in the world that can unobtrusively fly anywhere in a defined three-dimensional space.

The camera is 36 inches high, weighs 25 pounds and travels up to 30 mph across the guide wire, according to the company.

Oklahoma dodged a big rally and a falling camera to pull out a gritty win.

Blake Bell ran for his third touchdown in the closing seconds and the No. 19 Sooners survived a late rally, not to mention the crashing camera, to close out a difficult season with a 31-14 victory over Iowa in the Insight Bowl on Friday night.

“It means a lot. These guys persevered,” Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said. “(They) came out here tonight and played an excellent game.”

Oklahoma (10-3) didn’t get a particularly great game from quarterback Landry Jones and wasn’t effective on the ground, either. Once considered national-title contenders, the Sooners held off the gritty Hawkeyes, capping a painful year that started with the death of linebacker Austin Box in the offseason.

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