It's difficult to fault the Iowa defense for what's going on in the Insight Bowl. After all, this is the same defense that held Oklahoma to 11 yards on its first 11 plays, and has held up admirably throughout the night. Yes, Oklahoma scored the first 21 points of the game, but it wasn't that bad.
The offense, on the other hand, has been a complete tire fire -- almost unwatchable. Down to a fullback and a miniature running back -- Jordan Canzeri is 5-foot-9, 172 pounds -- Iowa's ability to conjure up yards has been lacking throughout, and when the Hawkeyes did make some headway it was typically followed by a bout with the derpsies.
Take Iowa's last drive, for example. The Hawkeyes drove all the way down to about the one-foot line, then were flagged for a false start on first and goal. James Vandenberg then threw it out of the back of the end zone before running around and nearly losing 15 yards on second and goal, only to throw against the grain -- cheating death and interceptions -- for a touchdown. Nothing, absolutely nothing at all, is coming easy for the Iowa offense.
Nevertheless, the Hawkeyes are on the board after an 16-play, eight-minute touchdown drive that cut the Sooners' lead to 21-7.
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