ABC analyst: OSU's Brandon Weeden ahead of Stanford's Andrew Luck in Heisman race

by Mel Bracht Published: November 12, 2011
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The ABC announcers also had high praise for the powerful leg of OSU kicker Quinn Sharp, whom Wischusen said had a “nuclear leg,” and the Cowboys' defense, which leads the nation in takeaways.

They also wondered what happened to Texas Tech's explosive offense. The Red Raiders haves been outscored 159-33 since upsetting OU 41-38 on Oct. 22.

“Where is that team we saw that one night?” Wischusen asked. “Don't you think Oklahoma fans and Bob Stoops and that staff are thinking the same thing?” Davie replied.

EMOTIONAL GAME

ESPN hyped up the Nebraska at Penn State game, the Nittany Lions' first game since Joe Paterno was fired in the wake of the abuse scandal. The network cut short “College GameDay” by 15 minutes to capture some of the pregame ceremonies as the teams prayed together on the field.

After Penn State's comeback fell short in the 17-14 loss, Paterno's son, Jay, the Nittany Lions quarterback coach, broke down when talking about his father. “Dad, I wish you were here,” he said.” I love you.”

Analyst Chris Spielman said Paterno “would have been proud of how his football team played today.”

Analyst Urban Meyer, a former Florida coach who has been called a leading candidate to replace Paterno, missed the telecast due to the death of his father Friday.

FLIPPING CHANNELS

* The most exciting afternoon game was Kansas State's 53-50 victory over Texas A&M in four overtimes. Quarterback Collin Klein's fifth rushing touchdown sealed the victory in the four-hour game. “He may not be lightning fast on the track,” ABC analyst Brock Huard said of Klein, “but he's football fast.”

* Jim Plunkett, a former Stanford and Oakland Raiders quarterback, was the guest picker on “College GameDay.” He and Lee Corso picked Stanford to defeat Oregon in ABC's late game. Corso donned a tree headgear and danced with the Stanford tree.


by Mel Bracht
Copy Editor, Sports Media
Mel Bracht is a copy editor on the presentation desk and also covers sports media. A 1978 graduate of Indiana University, Bracht has been a print journalist for 34 years. He started his career as sports editor of the Rensselaer (Ind.) Republican...
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