ABC's broadcast team of Sean McDonough and Matt Millen clearly had fun calling OSU's 38-26 victory over Texas, commenting on everything from the game referee's muscles, the apathetic Longhorn fans to a colony of a million bats in Austin, Texas. However, Millen went overboard in complimenting the improvement of the Longhorns since their dismal showing last week against OU without giving OSU its due.
Millen, a former Detroit Lions president, noted that Texas accomplished many of its game goals in running the ball and controlling possession, but still lost. McDonough chimed in. "I think that's a testimony to what a good team Oklahoma State is."
The telecast noted that ESPN expert Brad Edwards ranked OSU No. 4 in his projected BCS rankings, behind LSU, Alabama and OU.
Some of the announcers' better lines:
* McDonough on Cowboys' coaching staff: "Mike Gundy has done a very good job of replacing coaches on his staff. He lost Dana Holgorsen to West Virginia and brings in Todd Monken. If anything, they are better. Mike Gundy, to me, is a guy who just hasn't gotten anywhere the credit he deserves."
* McDonough chiding OSU returner Justin Gilbert for downing the ball in the end zone after Gilbert and Foswhitt Whittaker had back-to-back 100-yard kickoff returns. "You got to try it. Oh, come on. Maybe he was still winded."
* Millen on OSU running back Jeremy Smith's 74-yard touchdown run after complimenting the blocking of left guard Nick Martinez and center Grant Garner for clearing the way. "Here comes Moses going through the Red Sea! There is no one in the middle of the field. They (Texas) took a chance and it didn't work."
* Millen on the apathetic Texas crowd in the fourth quarter. "These fans are just sitting there, like get in the game! As a player you always feed off the crowd. Nothing here today."
* McDonough on the crowd booing game officials after OSU quarterback Brandon Weeden's stepped on the end line in the end zone for a safety, nullifying an interception. "Interestingly, they make more noise booing the officials than cheering their team. These people have booed three correct calls in a row."
* 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."
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."
* 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.