GLENDALE, Ariz. - Landry Jones threw for a school bowl-record 429 yards and three touchdowns, and the Sooners ended a five-game BCS bowl losing streak by routing the Huskies.
Oklahoma (12-2) carried plenty of BCS baggage after losing three consecutive title games and two Fiesta Bowls. The Sooners avoided the setback six-pack behind Jones and Ryan Broyles, who had team records of 13 catches and 170 yards to go with the sealing touchdown.
Connecticut (8-5) at least kept close for a while in its first BCS bowl. The hopeful Huskies steadied themselves after an initial barrage from Oklahoma with hard-nosed running by Jordan Todman and a handful of big plays.
Connecticut gave up a season-high 524 yards, 429 of them on Jones’ passing. The Huskies did not get a touchdown from their offense. Their two touchdowns came on Dwayne Gratz’s 46-yard interception return and Robbie Frey’s 95-yard kickoff return.
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Oklahoma started with a 14-0 first quarter and ended with a 14-0 fourth quarter. In between, it was a 20-20 tie but that’s not what will be remembered.