ABC/ESPN announcer Sean McDonough impressed with first helping of Bedlam

REMOTE PATROL — “Now you know why they call it Bedlam,” McDonough said on OU's game-winning drive. “That's what it's turned into, especially in the final moments.”
by Mel Bracht Published: December 7, 2013

OU's fake field goal for a game-tying touchdown pass from holder Grant Bothun to kicker Michael Hunnicutt also produced strong reactions by the announcers.

“Take a bow, Coach Stoops,” Spielman said. “I love the call.”

“You're truly trusting your kicker … That's not any easy throw to make if you're a holder and you're throwing it on the run.”

After Hunnicutt kicked the ensuing kickoff out of bounds, Spielman joked that “he's turning into a diva wide receiver already.”

Numerous mistakes

In contrast to most ABC nationally televised games, the telecast had several mistakes. The biggest came to start the second half when Spake referred to OU quarterback Kendal Thompson as Kendal Thomas, and producers showed the back of OU quarterback Cody Thomas (No. 14). It was the first OU or OSU game the crew had called. McDonough called OU's double reverse in the third quarter a single reverse, which Spielman corrected.

In the production truck, the graphics people also had lots of problems. On Saunders' 64-yard punt return touchdown, the graphic credited the score to OSU's Daytawion Lowe, who also wears No. 8. In another graphic, West Virginia was misspelled “West Virginnia.” The final score of the game was incorrectly listed as 32-24 at the end of the telecast.

Short takes

*Spielman on OU running back Brennan Clay: “I can't tell you how impressed I am with Clay, just the toughness he brings. Not very big … he runs like he's 220.”

*On the postgame show, ABC studio analyst Jesse Palmer called it a $6 million loss for OSU in falling out of the Fiesta Bowl. “Oklahoma made the plays they had to make at critical junctions.”

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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