OU-Texas broadcast crew made up for absence of GameDay

ABC's broadcast crew of Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge and Holly Rowe were almost enough to make fans forget that ESPN's College GameDay wasn't at the State Fair in Texas.
by Mel Bracht Modified: October 3, 2010 at 6:58 am •  Published: October 2, 2010

Texas' loss to UCLA and Oklahoma's early struggles cost the teams a bigger platform for their annual Red River shootout. No "College GameDay." No Brent Musburger and Kirk Herbstreit.

However, the broadcast team of Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge and Holly Rowe proved to be an excellent consolation prize with their excellent call of the game. Nessler, a step up from Musburger, who overhypes the game, had some particularly colorful phrases.

Late in the game after Landry Jones' fumble on a busted play that fortunately for the Sooners went out of bounds, Nessler said, "You talk about a busted play! That was almost a busted game!"

On DeMarco Murray's run down the left sideline for OU's final touchdown, "Talk about a tightrope act down the sideline... Then it was a Flying Wallenda into the end zone."

Blackledge, a former Penn State quarterback, was well-schooled on the Sooners' offense. But he was premature in complimenting the Sooners "on an impressive win" before the game was over. After the Sooners held on for the victory, he noted OU seems to struggle in the fourth quarter this season. "Oklahoma likes to make it interesting in the fourth quarter. That's their M.O. this season. But 5-0 is 5-0."

Before the game, he said OU needed to get the ball to playmakers Ryan Broyles and Murray, and late in the game called Murray "the best guy on the field today."

The broadcast had a few flaws. The directors missed part of a play after going to a replay in OU's high-tempo offense and showed too many shots of Texas quarterback Garrett Gilbert's father, former NFL quarterback Gale Gilbert in the stands. Blackledge's regular "Taste of the Town" segment was cut way back, and didn't mention all the interesting fried food available in the Texas State Fair's midway.

Share your postgame thoughts Box Score: OU, 28 - Texas, 20

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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