Relentless Big 12 Conference champion Oklahoma used 524 total yards and points on all five trips into the “red zone” on offense and a defense that contributed two interception returns for touchdowns and held Big East Conference champion Connecticut without an offensive touchdown in the Sooners’ 48–20 victory in the 2011 Fiesta Bowl.
The Sooners scored (two touchdowns, two field goals) on four of its five first-half possessions on drives of nine or more plays covering 56–81 yards to take a 20–10 halftime lead.
UConn’s first touchdown came via a 46-yard interception return by Dwayne Dratz early in the second quarter to interrupt the Sooners’ run of 20 points.
Oklahoma’s lead quickly swelled to 34–10 early in the third quarter. After exchanging punts on the first two second-half possessions, Oklahoma marched 80 yards on four plays, a drive capped by a 59-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Landry Jones to wide receiver Cameron Kenney.
On the third play of UConn’s next possession, Huskie quarterback Zach Frazer was intercepted by Sooner Jamell Fleming who raced 55 yards for the longest interception return for a touchdown in Fiesta Bowl history.
On Oklahoma’s ensuing kickoff, UConn’s Robbie Frey supplied a brief moment of hope for the Huskies with a 95-yard return for a touchdown.
Sparring was all that remained the rest of the way.
The contest’s final points were scored on another interception return for a touchdown, this time by Oklahoma’s Tony Jefferson.
Jones was stellar directing Oklahoma’s lethal offense and passing for 429 yards, an OU bowl record, and three touchdowns.
Both teams’ top running backs — UConn’s Jordan Todman (121 yards on 32 carries) and Oklahoma’s Demarco Murray (93 yards on 25 totes) — impressed.
Sooner wide receivers Ryan Broyles (13 rec., 170 yards, TD) and Cameron Kenney (7 rec., 154 yards, TD) blistered UConn’s secondary with 20 catches for 324 yards and two touchdowns. Broyles also returned five punts for 92 yards.
Oklahoma’s victory snapped its five-game losing streak in Bowl Championship Series (BCS) bowl games. Connecticut made its first BCS bowl appearance.