NCAA Football – Oklahoma Sooners defeat Connecticut on Fiesta Bowl 2011

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The University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona is a well-known field for the Oklahoma Sooners. They now the town, they now the locker rooms, they know the tunnel that leads to the field. They have been there a couple of times; they just haven't been able to win this thing for a long time. As a matter of fact, the last time the Sooners won the Fiesta Bowl was back in 1976 when they defeated Wyoming. That all came to an end on Saturday during the 2011 Fiesta Bowl. The Sooners brought in their A-game into the desert and crushed the UConn Huskies by 48-20. The Sooners offensive was simply brilliant and despite putting on a good fight in their first ever Fiesta Bowls, The Sooners where too much of a team for the Huskies that went home without the title. The Oklahoma Sooners where 5-0 in BCS Bowls before they made their trip to Arizona to face Connecticut, a team that at 8-5 for the season and coming from the Big East, had struggled to pull itself into the 2011 Fiesta Bowl. Taking a look back at what had happened during the previous trips to the BCS Bowls, Oklahoma couldn't help to get that "here we go again feeling". Let's take a quick look at the numbers for a second. In 2009 the Oklahoma Sooners had the privilege to play for the BCS National Championship Bowl against the Florida. The Gator won by 24-14 in this exciting game. The year before that, the Sooners faced WVU in the 2008 Fiesta Bowl. The West Virginia Mountaineers put on a baffling 48-28 upset against the Sooners. In 2007 the Sooners will again take a go at the Fiesta Bowl. For the first time in many years, the Sooners would take a chance to win the Fiesta Bowl against Boise State, but the Boise State Broncos proved to be a stronger team and defeated the Sooners in an intense 43-42 smack down. Before that it was the 2005 Orange Bowl. The Sooners were playing the USC Trojans and despite holding on a great season record, the No.1 ranked team in the nation, the Trojans, won the game 19-55. In 2004 the Oklahoma Sooners played the Sugar Bowls against LSU. Head Coach Nick Saban and the Tigers took an important 14-21 win over the Sooners. So yes, that was 0-5 for the Sooners in BCS Bowls and that was certainly hurting not only the fans but head coach Bob Stoops as he had been in front of the Sooners every one of those failing years. The Sooners remembered all these games before they played UConn on Saturday. And they made the Huskies pay. The Sooners quarterback, Landry Jones, finally emerged from under the shadow of Heisman Trophy winner Sam Bradford and played out an extraordinary game. He went for a school-bowl record 429 yards completing 34 of 49 for three touchdowns and one interception. It's got to feel good to finally live to its expectations. In 2007 and 2008 the Sooners arrived to Arizona as the favorite. They left a bit embarrassed and disappointed. This time around, the Sooners took the win back to Norman, Oklahoma where thousands of fans where waiting for them.

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Stephen Lars is a prominent sports blogger and currently covers NCAA Football, previews and handicaps for the BetIAS' Sports Betting Blog . You may reprint this article in its full content, please note no modifications to it are accepted.

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This article was published on 2011/01/06