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ABC play-by-play man Joe Tessitore calls both OU, OSU upsets

REMOTE PATROL — ABC play-by-play man Joe Tessitore might be banned from calling games for state schools after this weekend. Tessitore was behind the mic for both Oklahoma State's and Oklahoma's upset losses.
by Mel Bracht Published: November 20, 2011

OU quarterback Landry Jones, had some costly interceptions, including one by K.J. Morton to start the fourth quarter. “That's all Landry Jones,” Millen said. “Morton played it well. He has position the whole time. It was just an errant throw and a poor read by Jones.”

The “Belldozer” formation drew high praise by Millen, including after Bell's game-tying touchdown. “That was the same personnel group using the same power,” he said.

Sideline reporter Erin Andrews did an excellent job of keeping tabs on OU's mounting injury report, asking the announcers if they had a depth chart handy. Andrews started the game at the University of Houston, which made its first appearance on ESPN's “College GameDay.”


Veteran analyst Lee Corso surprisingly used an obscenity in picking Houston to beat SMU on “College GameDay.” After picking up an SMU megaphone while baiting the Houston crowd, he blurted an expletive before putting on a Cougar mascot headgear.

Host Chris Fowler and analyst Kirk Herbstreit were stunned by the outburst. “Shasta, shame on you,” Fowler said to Corso, referring to the name of the Cougars' mascot. “Wash that mouth out. You are bringing out the cougar in Corso.”

On the Penn State-Ohio State telecast that followed, Corso offered an apology. “Earlier today on 'College Game Day while picking the SMU-Houston game I got a bit excited and used an expletive that I shouldn't have used," Corso said. "I apologize and can promise it won't happen again."

Corso, Herbstreit and guest picker Carl Lewis all picked OU to beat Baylor.

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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