ABC's Matt Millen quick to credit Texas' improvement, not OSU's ability

by Mel Bracht Published: October 15, 2011

* After Millen complimented muscle-bound game referee Mike Defee for his control of the game, McDonough said, "If you don't like it, he'll snap your arm off in an arm-wrestling match."

* After a clip of bats flying from under an Austin bridge in what is billed as the "world's largest urban bat colony," Mullen said, "Bats are good" and noted he had bat houses at his Pennslyvania home. McDonough said, "To me, they are really flying rats."

RECORD-SETTING CATCH

Carter Blackburn and Brock Huard called Ryan Broyles' NCAA career recording setting reception for ESPN2, a 56-yard touchdown pass against Kansas.

"That's pretty sweet," Blackburn said as Broyles got a hug from OU coach Bob Stoops. "A lot of receivers will dilly dally and try to set up a pass route. Not Ryan Broyles. He's pure speed. Get from point A to point B as fast as you can. I don't know what the Kansas Jayhawks were trying to do there."

FLIPPING CHANNELS

* Interviewed in the booth in the third quarter of the CBS' LSU-Tennessee telecast, Tennessee alum Peyton Manning admitted he missed playing for the Indianapolis Colts. "It's kind of like I have been giving the sermon for 14 years and now I'm passing out the bulletins."

* On ESPN's "College GameDay," Lee Corso showed he was picking Oregon to beat Arizona State in ESPN's late game by wearing the mascot's Duck head and leading the band with a pair of cymbals. Desmond Howard said he expected Oregon to win big.

* FX spotlighted Texas A&M receiver Ryan Swope's athletic versatility by showing photos of him playing golf, basketball, high jumping and running the football. "He turns into a running back after the catch," Charles Davis said of Swope, a high school running back, who caught 11 passes for 206 yards and four touchdowns in the Aggies victory over 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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