Iowa, Iowa State both falter in bowl games

Cyclones fall to Rutgers 27-13, Stoops triumphs over alma mater Iowa, 31-14

First Iowa State fell to Rutgers 27-13 Friday afternono in the Pinstripe Bowl, played in Yankee Stadium. The Cyclones executed poorly, and there plentiful mistakes proved costly. For more coverage from the Pinstripe Bowl, check out Scott Dochterman's work in The Doc's Office.

The Hawkeyes faced the Oklahoma Sooners, coached by former Iowa safety and coach Bob Stoops. Iowa entered the game as two touchdown underdogs, and were simply outplayed. The Hawks struggled to muster any rhythm on offense until late in the second half, falling 31-14 after OU scored a late TD while running out the clock.

For complete coverage of the Insight Bowl, follow Marc Morehouse's updates at On Iowa or see what Mike Hlas has to say in The Hlog.

Here are the photo galleries from each game:

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And for the final time this season, here are our staffs picks:


Bowl edition

Iowa vs. Oklahoma

Marc Morehouse — There is no ice fishing in Arizona. Deal breaker. Oklahoma 34, Iowa 21

Mike Hlas — I met a guy in Tempe this week who offered to sell me some Insight Bowl insight. That didn’t really happen. I did see a pack of zombies there, though. Oklahoma 24, Iowa 21

Nick Pugliese — Ferentz’s passing gas joke pretty much sums up a matchup long on promise but short on marquee players due to injuries, suspensions, being sent home, etc. Boomer Sooner. Oklahoma 28, Iowa 20

John Campbell — Somehow, someway the Hawks beat an uninspired Sooner team and Kirk Ferentz hands the game ball to Norm Parker. That would be neat. Iowa 31, Oklahoma 28

Beth Malicki — This one’s for you Norm! Iowa 28, Oklahoma 20

Bob Brooks — The next man in the desert. That will be Iowa’s story. It doesn’t change the Hawks and their preparation. It just changes the name and the number. Hawks still have a big-time shot. Iowa 24, Oklahoma 21

J.R. Ogden – Iowa loses a running back and Kirk Ferentz has nothing to say. Will wonders never cease? Oklahoma 21, Iowa 10

Jeff Johnson – I can’t keep my suspended running backs straight here. Who was it this time? Oklahoma 24, Iowa 6

Rob Gray –Who can run it for the Hawks? Who can catch it for the Sooners? I expect the Hawks to cover, but the better defense wins this game. Advantage Sooners (Frank Alexander). Oklahoma 24, Iowa 16

Jeff Linder –Doubt if I’ll stick this one out. Oklahoma 34, Iowa 21

James Steward – Is it too late to rename it the Backup Bowl? I guess we’ll find out who’s fourth-stringers are better. Unfortunately, Iowa doesn’t even have third-stringers on D-line, and OU plays fast. REALLY fast. Hope Iowa’s defense ran lots of gassers in their time off. Oklahoma 35, Iowa 24

Scott Saville –Hawks play hard in bowl games and will make it close. Oklahoma 28, Iowa 24

John Sears – Kirk usually has the Hawkeyes ready to play in a Bowl game. Give Norm Parker a month to prepare in his finale, good things will happen. But, unfortunately this boils down to talent. Oklahoma is better, period. The question is will the Sooners show up? I say yes. Without Coker I don’t think Iowa can keep up. Oklahoma 31, Iowa 21

Iowa State vs. Rutgers

Morehouse — I find it odd that there’s a school in New Jersey named after Rutger Hauer. He was really good in “Blade Runner,” but that’s about it. Rutgers 28, ISU 24

Hlas — They say New York City costs an arm and a leg. That isn’t true. Otherwise, how could people go there more than twice? ISU 24, Rutgers 21

Pugliese — How they gonna keep ‘em in Ames after they’ve seen New York? ISU 24, Rutgers 17

Campbell — The Clone’s best wins have come in double and triple overtimes so why not another. ISU 48, Rutgers 41 (4OT)

Malicki — This one’s for Jack Cosgrove, the biggest ISU fan I know and a pretty cool dude, too. ISU 31, Rutgers 24

Brooks — Today is a great day for the state of Iowa. A chance to showcase two fine football programs. You don’t have to sell ball Paul Rhoads to yours truly. The players can say I played in Yankee Stadium and I won. ISU 28, Rutgers 21

Ogden – Paul Rhoads is my coach of the year. ISU 24, Rutgers 17

Johnson –All my Cyclone friends (both of them) say ISU will win decisively. All right, guys. Here is it . ISU 31, Rutgers 14

Gray – Cyclone quarterback Jared Barnett will be key in this one. If he runs the zone-read well and commits no more than one turnover, it will be a long day for the Scarlet Knights. ISU 31, Rutgers 17

Linder – Football at Yankee Stadium. This will be fun to watch, inside and outside the sidelines. ISU 27, Rutgers 16

Steward – Road games don’t seem to faze Paul Rhoads. Nor do big stages, whether it’s facing the #2 team in the country or playing in Yankee Stadium. ISU 24, Rutgers 14

Saville – ISU better football team. ISU 28, Rutgers 17

Sears – Count me in as one of those who thought there was no way the Cyclones would be going bowling this year. But once again Paul Rhoads rises to the occasion. It’s a good thing Pollard locked him in for 10 years, he’s the perfect fit for Ames. Now it’s a bowl game in Yankee stadium, that’s cool. ISU 27, Rutgers 17

Alabama vs. LSU

Morehouse — An Alabama victory would ensure the dismantling of the BCS and a “plus-one” system. This would be the biggest swindle in college football history. LSU 14, Alabama 11

Hlas — I have two goals for 2012: Play in the World Series of Poker’s seniors event in the summer, and get good people like you to stake me in the tournament. Who wants to hitch their wagon to a star? Alabama 24, LSU 21

Pugliese — If LSU could beat Alabama in Tide territory, it certainly can beat Alabama in Cajun Country. LSU 24, Alabama 21

Campbell — All I know is that Ohio State and Michigan will not play each other in back-to-back weeks in 2012 but it will happen sooner than later so this Tide/Tiger replay two months later is nothing. LSU 27, Alabama 24

Malicki — These teams don’t interest me, but I did pick Mizzou to win the Independence Bowl. I dedicate that pick to my husband UNC ’97. Alabama 20, LSU 13

Brooks — LSU won the first game in a grunt and groan contest. I expect a similar game. Lots of folks like Alabama. I still, until proven wrong, will like LSU. LSU 15, Alabama 14

Ogden – Second verse, same as the first? Herman’s Hermits said so, but I think not. Alabama 12, LSU 8

Johnson – I refuse to provide a score and winner because it’s a bogus, bogus, broken system that has this rematch for the supposed national championship. Push me and I’ll say … Alabama 3, LSU 2

Gray – People whined about this rematch that won't be close. Tyrann Mathieu will shine for the Tigers again — on special teams and in coverage. 'Bama offense will go nowhere. LSU 24, Alabama 6

Linder – If Alabama wins, shouldn’t they have a rubber match to decide the champ? LSU 19, Alabama 16

Steward – If Bama had a kicker, they would have won the first matchup. Give Nick Saban nearly two months to prepare for a game, and I don’t see how they lose. Roll Tide. Alabama 17, LSU 14

Saville – Alabama makes field goals this time. Alabama 21, LSU 17Sears – As much as people don’t want to see a rematch, these are the two best teams in the country. I just hope this time we get to see a little more offense. Two great defenses, two average offenses. Give me the Tigers to run the table. LSU 24, Alabama 21

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