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Landry Jones Passes Oklahoma Past Connecticut in Fiesta Bowl

Jan 2, 2011 – 12:25 AM
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Brett Pollakoff

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Oklahoma Sooners capped their Big 12 championship season with their first BCS bowl game victory in eight years, beating the Connecticut Huskies 48-20 in the 40th annual Tostitos Fiesta Bowl on Saturday.

Sooners quarterback Landry Jones finished with a school bowl-record 426 yards passing, going 33 for 48 with three touchdowns and one interception, and was named the game's offensive MVP.

UConn was out to prove that it belonged on the national stage, and the team competed admirably at times. The Huskies trailed by just 10 points at halftime, but two quick Oklahoma scores to open the third quarter -- a 59-yard touchdown pass from Jones to Cameron Kenney, followed by an interception of a Zach Frazer pass by Jamell Fleming that was returned 55 yards for another touchdown -- gave the Sooners a 24-point edge that was ultimately too much for Connecticut to overcome.

The closest the Huskies were able to get the rest of the way was 14 points to end the third quarter, after a 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Robbie Frey, followed by a 38-yard field goal. But it was all Sooners in the fourth.

Oklahoma's offense went 88 yards in 10 plays, and capped the drive with a five-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Broyles, who made a leaping, acrobatic catch in the corner of the end zone. The game's final score came on a 22-yard interception return for a touchdown by the Sooners' Tony Jefferson. The Huskies threatened one last time, but Jordan Todman -- who finished the game with 128 yards on 32 carries -- was stuffed at the one yard line on fourth and goal with under a minute to go.

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