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 Date  Saturday, Jan. 1
 Kickoff  7:37 p.m. Central
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11:44 p.m. | Sooners Win
Oklahoma won the 40th annual Tostitos Fiesta Bowl with a 48-20 decision against the UConn Huskies on New Year's Day in Glendale, Ariz. View complete coverage from OU's BCS win here:

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11:31 p.m. | Players of the Game
Oklahoma's Jamell Fleming is named Tostitos Fiesta Bowl Defensive Player of the Game. Great recognition to cap a remarkable season at corner for Fleming. Remember in the preseason when corner was a concern? Demontre Hurst and Fleming took care of that. Landry Jones is your Offensive Player of the Game after throwing for 429 yards and three touchdowns. Congratulations Jamell and Landry!

11:23 p.m. | Points, Defense
Oklahoma's 48 points in the 2011 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl is tied for most in OU's illustrious bowl history (1991 Gator, 1958 Orange). On the other side of the ball, Oklahoma's defense held UConn's offense without a touchdown. Congratulations Coach Stoops and the 2010 Sooners (12-2). Complete recap, stats, notes, quotes and more here on SoonerSports.com. Thanks for following along all season. Boomer Sooner!
 
11:19 p.m. | Sooners Seal It
Oklahoma will win the 2011 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. Start celebrating back in Norman and the Sooner State. OU finished 12-2 for the season with a Big 12 Conference championship and a BCS bowl title for the first time since the 2002 season.
 
11:14 p.m. | Touchdown Tony
Freshman Tony Jefferson intercepted Frazer's pass from the UConn 8 and jetted in for the TD. Oklahoma is now up, 48-20, with less than three minutes to go. Jefferson is one of the numerous true freshmen who have provided such a lift for the Sooners this season -- and provided Oklahoma fans with hope that 2011 could be an even bigger year.

11:11 p.m. | Ronnell Update
The press box PA announced that Ronnell Lewis was diagnosed with a mild concussion. Thankfully, it wasn't as bad as it looked on TV when Lewis was carted off the field.
 
11:08 p.m. | Two Field Goals
Take away the special teams return for a TD and the INT score and UConn has managed just two field goals by its offense against the Sooner defense. Not a bad showing against a conference champion (and in contrast to OU's past two trips to the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl).
 
11:05 p.m. | RustOleumed
With that rare penalty for UConn (just three for 25 yards), it reminds us that Oklahoma still has not been flagged the entire game. In this game, OU is refuting the talk about a team being rusty after a long layoff between its last game and bowl.
 
11:03 p.m. | Defense Holds
Oklahoma's defense denies UConn on a fourth-down play and the Sooners take over leading by 21. The Sooner band and fans in the stands are beginning to sense a BCS bowl win for Oklahoma. Many (probably locals) in the crowd must agree as fans are heading for the exits.
 
10:59 p.m. | Tribute to Arizona
With a break in the game action and in honor of the State of Arizona (which has hosted the Sooners all week) we provide this tribute. The trailer from the 1987 Coen Brothers comedy "Raising Arizona":
 

 
10:57 p.m. | Deciding Drive?
Oklahoma just completed a 10-play drive for 88 yards which sapped 3:25 off the clock and put the Sooners firmly in control of the 40th-annual Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, 41-20.
 
10:55 p.m. | Broyles!
What an athletic catch by Ryan Broyles. The replays are clearly showing Broyles was able to stab his foot down inbounds for the touchdown. The officials have signaled TD but we'll see after the review. ESPN's broadcast is clearly showing a catch. OK, touchdown is confirmed. Sooners go up three scores with 7:49 left.
 
10:52 p.m. | Sooner Support
Attendance for tonight's game was announced at 67,232. From our vantage point in the press box, the crowd appeared to be roughly 70-30 in favor of Oklahoma crimson. Thank you Sooner fans for supporting your team.

10:49 p.m. | Jones Tops Self
The press box PA just announced that Landry Jones now owns the top two passing performances in OU bowl history. Jones had 418 yards through the air in last season's win against Stanford in the Sun Bowl and currently has 424 yards against UConn in tonight's Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. The Sooners are bleeding the Huskies dry on this drive as minutes click off the clock.
 
10:39 p.m. | Pressure Mounting
UConn's big offensive line has given Frazer time to throw downfield but OU's secondary snuffs out the latest drive. RB Jordan Todman has 104 yards now on 26 attempts (4 yards per carry) but the answer for the Huskies will have to come through the air down by two touchdowns and 11:14 left on the clock. Oklahoma can apply more pressure by adding points or burning clock on its next drive. A turnover is verboten.

10:31 p.m. | Fake
Oklahoma lined up for a field goal but tried a pass from holder John Nimmo to tight end Trent Ratterree. UConn wasn't fooled and batted down the ball to take over on downs. You get the sense that had the Sooners converted for a score, the play might have sealed the game for Oklahoma. As it is, UConn is still down just two scores with almost 14 minutes left on the clock.
 
10:23 p.m. | 15 More Minutes
We head to the fourth quarter with the Sooners holding a 14-point lead. We had a few fireworks in the third quarter, but both defenses have stepped up in the last few minutes. Oklahoma will start the final stanza with the ball right around midfield.
 
10:17 p.m.
| Tough Break
A big return by Oklahoma's Ryan Broyles is nullified when he puts the ball on the ground. Just as it appeared the Sooners might grab some momentum back, the Huskies scoop up the loose football and are back on the offensive.
 
10:15 p.m.
| Offensive Lull
For the second straight drive, OU's offense is held to a three-and-out. Again, we have to credit the guys wearing white on the other side of the football. After giving up the big TD play to Kenney, UConn's defense has responded with a pair of stops on Oklahoma's most recent possessions.
 
10:09 p.m.
| Huskies Hang Around
A nice drive for UConn to pull back within two scores. The Huskies are certainly not going away and are proving to be a worthy opponent. Credit the Sooner defense for buckling down and holding them to a field goal after the Huskies put together a string of first downs, going 49 yards in 9 plays to set up the field goal.
 
10:02 p.m.
| Kenney's Best in Last Games
Senior receiver Cameron Kenney has made his last few games in a Sooner uniform memorable. In OU's last three games against OSU, Nebraska and UConn, Kenney has 18 catches for 322 yards and three TDs, leading all Oklahoma pass catchers. With opposing teams keying on Ryan Broyles, it's been important for other receivers to step up, and Kenney has certainly done so.
 
9:56 p.m.
| Special Teams Lapse
UConn quickly responds with a 95-yard on the ensuing kickoff following Fleming's pick six. The big plays here in the last few minutes are reminiscent of the closing minutes of this year's Bedlam game in Stillwater, when OU and OSU marched up and down the field. Fun to watch, but we could stand for a little less drama.
 
9:52 p.m.
| Pick Six for Sooners
Jamell Fleming picks off a Zach Frazer pass and takes it 55 yards the other way for a touchdown. Oklahoma extends its lead to 34-10 with a pair of big plays here in the last couple of minutes. Fleming's pick six is the fourth-longest interception return in OU bowl history.
 
9:47 p.m.
| Pretty Pass & Catch
Landry Jones connects with Cameron Kenney on a beautiful deep ball that went 59 yards for the touchdown. After a 20-yard completion to Ryan Broyles on the previous play, OU quickly got back to the line for a quick snap and caught the Huskies sleeping, leading to the big play. The 59-yard TD is the third-longest pass completion in OU bowl history (Brewster Hobby, 79 yards in the 1958 Orange Bowl; Danny Bradley, 61 yards in the 1984 Orange Bowl).
 
9:41 p.m.
| Husky Sandwich
A big collision puts an end to UConn's first drive of the second half, as Oklahoma DBs Quinton Carter and Tony Jefferson met at the Husky receiver to break up the pass. Both defenses come out strong to start the second half. After going three-and-out on its opening drive, the Sooner offense will look to get rolling once again.
 
9:36 p.m.
| Spreading the Wealth
Leading into the second half, ESPN flashed a graphic showing that Landry Jones has completed passes to six different receivers tonight. On more than one occasion, UConn has double-teamed Ryan Broyles in a concerted effort to not let the All-American beat them. No problem for Jones, who has shown great poise and patience in leading an efficient attack throughout the night. We're hoping for similar productivity in the second half.
 
9:29 p.m.
| Stat Sheet
A couple of things jump out from the stat sheet through one half of play... 1) Oklahoma has relied primarily on its passing game through one half of play, with 233 of its 279 yards of offense coming through the air. 2) Defensively, the Sooners have virtually shut down UConn's vaunted rushing attack, holding the Huskies to just 36 yards on the ground. Jordan Todman entered the game ranked second nationally in yards per game but has just 34 so far. As mentioned previously, OU certainly appears to be executing its gameplan, but also credit the pesky Huskies for hanging around.
 
9:15 p.m.
| Halftime
Oklahoma takes a 20-10 lead into the locker room at halftime here in Glendale. Overall impressions? OU seemed focused on this game right from the start. Connecticut is no pushover. Despite the outcry from some corners, the Huskies are showing they belong in the BCS. Oklahoma's offense has had no hiccups in Josh Heupel's transition to coordinator or his move from sideline to booth. Again, despite the disparity that some preached prior to this game, the Huskies have athletes that can make big plays.
 
9:09 p.m. | Scoreboard
Every stadium we visit for a Sooner game -- even the $455 million, state-of-the-art University of Phoenix Stadium we're sitting in now -- makes us appreciate OU's scoreboard back at Owen Field in Norman even more. Every important stat for both teams, including rushing and passing yards, are clearly displayed. Incredibly important information for fans and it's amazing how many venues don't quite get it right.
 
9:04 p.m. | Connecting
Jimmy Stevens notches his second field goal of the game to stretch Oklahoma's lead to 20-7. Stevens is 12-of-13 in field goals in OU's last four games. The Sooners have scored on four of their five drives in this game -- the miss being the INT.

8:55 p.m. | Rusty Teams?
Clean game so far for two teams with nearly a month since their last games. The first penalty of the 2011 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl didn't come until 6:53 in the second quarter (illegal substitution on the Huskies). It continues a theme for the Sooners this season. OU is the second-least penalized team in the Big 12 (behind K-State).
 
8:51 p.m. | Momentum
Nice stop by the Sooner defense. After the INT for a score and the UConn defense holding OU to a field goal on its ensuing drive, the momentum seemed to be shifting slightly to the Huskies. A drive for another score here would shift it firmly back to Oklahoma.
 
8:47 p.m. | Busy Ibiloyes
Busy BCS day for the Ibiloye family. Joseph playing for Sooners as we speak, brother Alex, a safety, helped TCU knock off Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl. Alex finished with three tackles in the 21-19 Horned Frogs win.

8:43 p.m. | Scripting Drives
All three of Oklahoma's scoring drives have been composed of exactly nine plays and each have taken three minutes and change off the clock. The numbers add weight to the feeling here in the stadium that OU's offensive strategy is proceeding as planned.
 
8:39 p.m. | Confident Jones
Just when the UConn fans were feeling some momentum, Landry Jones returns from throwing a pick to deliver a perfect toss to Ryan Broyles down the sideline for a big first down. Jones displaying no confidence problems on this drive following the interception.

8:35 p.m. | First "Incompletion" Painful
OU quarterback Landry Jones had 12 completions on 12 attempts before throwing the INT. Although an incompletion in the stats, that was a completion, too -- just to the wrong team. UConn gets a defensive score to pull back within a TD, 14-7.
 
8:31 p.m. | After One
Oklahoma's 14-0 lead after the first quarter of tonight's Tostitos Fiesta Bowl is a marked contrast to the starts for OU's last two appearances in Glendale. West Virginia held a 6-0 lead after one quarter in the 2008 game (following the 2007 season) while Boise State held a 14-7 lead on the Sooners after one in the 2007 game (following the 2006 season).
 
8:26 p.m. | Individual Notes
A couple of individual notes from the first quarter...
 
Landry Jones moved into first place on OU's all-time career pass attempts list. He now has 1,027 attempts, surpassing Josh Heupel's 1,025 from 1999-2000. Jones was 10-of-10 in the first quarter.
 
Freshman receiver Kenny Stills moved into 12th on the Oklahoma single season receiving yards list. Stills now has 722 receiving yards and is just nine shy of Buster Rhymes (731, 1983).
 
8:22 p.m.
| Outscoring Opponents Early
With a 14-0 lead after the first quarter, OU's offense continues its trend of starting strong this season. The Sooners have now outscored their opponents 149-56 in first quarters this year, nearly a 3-to-1 advantage.
 
8:19 p.m.
| Second Drive, Same Story
Another nine-play drive for the Sooners culminates with another touchdown, this time a three-yard run from DeMarco Murray. The senior RB initially ran into a wall but showed great patience by bouncing back to the middle of the field, where there was a gaping hole to the end zone. Murray walks in to put the Sooners up 14-0.
 
8:16 p.m.
| ESPN Knows OU
Watching the TV broadcast up here in the press box, you can tell the ESPN crew is used to Oklahoma's frenetic pace on offense. They quickly get in and out of replays to ensure you don't miss a second of live action. Of OU's 14 games this season, 10 have been on the ESPN family of networks (six on ABC, three on ESPN2 and tonight on ESPN).
 
8:11 p.m.
| Fourth-Down Stand
UConn was marching the down the field on its latest drive, but the Sooners stuffed the Huskies on a fourth-and-one play at the OU 19 to kill the possession. It looked like Javon Harris and Austin Box were the first ones there to meet the Husky running back and the Sooner offense will once again take over. With the success they had the first go-round, look for recently promoted co-offensive coordinators Jay Norvell and Josh Heupel to continue the no-huddle approach throughout the game.
 
8:07 p.m.
| The Eyes of a Nation
Playing in a BCS game inevitably attracts national attention. ESPN.com is featuring the dynamic running backs for each team, UConn's Jordan Todman and OU's DeMarco Murray, on its front page. Remember, you can tune into the game no matter where you are on ESPN or ESPN3.com. Also stay tuned to our blog as we continue to provide notes and reaction throughout.
 

 
8:03 p.m.
| Opening Drives
Oklahoma scored on its game-opening drive for the seventh time this season. All seven scores were touchdowns. The last time the Sooners scored on their opening drive was against Texas Tech on November 13.
 
7:54 p.m.
| Statement Drive
Oklahoma imposes its will on the Huskies on its opening drive, marching 70 yards in nine plays for the game's first score. Landry Jones connected with TE James Hanna for an eight-yard touchdown pass. An impressive start for Jones, who completed 6-of-6 passes for 56 yards on that opening drive, doing so at a feverish pace with the Sooners utilizing the no-huddle offense.
 
7:51 p.m.
| Strong Start
Just the start we were looking for, the Sooner defense holds UConn to a three-and-out on its opening drive. Landry Jones leads the OU offense out on the field and already has the Sooners marching down the field on its first possession.
 
7:46 p.m.
| We're Underway
Patrick O'Hara booted the opening kickoff for the Sooners amid a flurry of flashbulbs here inside University of Phoenix Stadium. Senior starters Jeremy Beal, Quinton Carter, Jonathan Nelson and the rest of the Sooner defensive unit take the field.
 
7:42 p.m.
| Coin Toss
Both teams made their grand entrances to the field before the team captains gathered at midfield for the coin toss. Former Arizona Cardinal QB Kurt Warner had the honor of flipping the coin. Oklahoma won the toss and deferred to the second half, meaning UConn will start the game with the football.
 
7:38 p.m.
| Honoring Our Nation
As always, the Fiesta Bowl put on an impressive tribute to our nation during the pregame festivities. They hauled out an American flag literally the size of the football field while members of the service academies sang the national anthem. This seems a fitting time to also give a shout-out to the Sooner fans who participated in this year's Tickets for Troops program, providing tickets to military members in the Phoenix area for tonight's game. OU Athletics Director Joe Castiglione made an official presentation to area representatives earlier this week:


 
7:29 p.m.
| Opposites Attract
Much of the buildup to this game has centered around the different backgrounds these two programs come from. Oklahoma is making its eighth BCS appearance in the last 11 years, while UConn is making its first in just its 11th year playing D-I football. We're looking forward to seeing a different opponent, and the Sooners know they can't overlook the Huskies, who won their last five games to earn their way here.
 
7:17 p.m.
| Pride Marches On
We're under 30 minutes before kickoff and the Pride of Oklahoma is on the field performing their pregame routine. The stands are starting to fill in with OU crimson on one side and UConn navy on the other. The Sooner faithful should be plenty visible on tonight's ESPN broadcast, as they primarily occupy the southwest side of the stadium, which is the direction the TV cameras will be facing.
 
7:11 p.m.
| Fiesta Bowl Souvenirs
It's always cool to pick up the various publications provided to the media for bowl games. They'll certainly serve as sources of reference for us throughout the game, but we'll be hanging on to them as souvenirs afterwards. Here's a quick shot of the Fiesta Bowl media guide, game program and Oklahoma's bowl guide:
 


7:06 p.m.
| Following the Sooners
In addition to the Sooner fans here in the stadium to witness the game live, thousands more will follow the action back home in Oklahoma, across the nation and around the world. Let's run down the media options for those fans: affiliate, via satellite radio on Sirius channel 120 and XM channel 140. ESPN is also carrying the broadcast on its radio network. Online, you can follow this blog, live stats and watch live video via ESPN3.com. Welcome, happy New Year and Boomer Sooner to Oklahoma fans wherever you may be!
 
6:59 p.m. | Colors & Unis
The Tostitos Fiesta Bowl is the Big 12 champion's automatic berth in the BCS and as the host conference, the Big 12's participant is the home team for the game. The Sooners are out warming up on the field in their crimson jerseys, crimson helmets and white pants while UConn is wearing its customary road unis with white jerseys, blue helmets and white pants. Both teams sport a Tostitos Fiesta Bowl patch on the right shoulder of each player's jersey and a BCS logo on the back of the helmets.
 
6:52 p.m. | Countdown Clock
The countdown clock here inside the stadium reads 53:07. We're less than an hour away from kickoff of the 40th annual Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. Gates opened at 4 p.m. local time so fans have already begun to take their seats. Oklahoma will occupy the sideline opposite the TV cameras so fans will see the Sooner bench and OU supporters beyond the field for much of the broadcast.
 
6:47 p.m. | Similar Paths to Arizona
Both Oklahoma and UConn reached tonight's game by virtue of strong stretch runs to end the regular season. After losing at Texas A&M on Nov. 6, the Sooners essentially needed to win out the rest of the way to clinch the Big 12 title. OU did exactly that with wins over Texas Tech, Baylor, OSU and Nebraska. Similarly, UConn stood at 3-4 after losing to Louisville on Oct. 23, but the Huskies finished the season with five straight wins to earn the Big East's automatic BCS berth.
 
6:38 p.m.
| Live Photo Gallery
We're posting photos from the stadium so Sooner fans can see what is going on here before TV joins us in Glendale. We'll continue to post pics throughout the game so check back often.

Live Photo Gallery from Tostitos Fiesta Bowl

5:34 p.m. | Tostitos Fiesta Bowl
The Oklahoma Sooners have arrived at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. It was roughly a 45-minute ride with police escort from the team's hotel in Scottsdale. The field looks fantastic (we'll post photos shortly). Follow this live blog throughout the game for reaction direct from the stadium.
 

 
5:27 p.m. | Bowl Week Coverage
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