The 40-point explosion in the fourth quarter of the Bedlam game Saturday night left ABC announcers Brent Musburger and Kirk Herbstreit almost breathless.
â€œAll we can say folks,â€ Musburger said, â€œit is Bedlam.â€
â€œIt's living up to its reputation,â€ Herbstreit said.
Musburger and Herbstreit also lived up to their reputation as ABC/ESPN's top broadcast team, calling almost a perfect telecast in capturing the exciting intrastate skirmish. Erin Andrews also showed why she's the network's best sideline reporter and not just a pretty face, asking some excellent questions of OSU coach Mike Gundy at halftime and OU coach Bob Stoops after the game. She even got a friendly shove from Stoops as he walked off the field.
Herbstreit correctly pointed out that Oklahoma State defense was packing the short passing routes and stopping the run, and OU needed to stretch the field with longer passes. That strategy worked in the second half as the Sooners beat the Cowboys on several long passes to win their eighth straight Bedlam game.
â€œWhat a job by Landry Jones,â€ Herbstreit said. â€œHe threw some interceptions, but he got the job done.â€
Herbstreit also credited the Sooners' offensive line for providing Jones with protection.
On the 86-yard touchdown pass to Cameron Kenney, he said, â€œHow about the job the offensive line did in giving Jones time to throw the ball. He then threw an absolute laser to Kenney.â€
Herbstreit complimented the Cowboys for their resiliency in continuing to come back after OU scores. As for the Gundy's coaching job this season, â€œThey have not only exceeded expectations, they are one of the great stories in college football this season.â€
Musburger noted the maturity the 27-year-old Brandon Weeden, a former Yankees minor-league baseball player, brought to the OSU offense. â€œWhen you play in (Class) A ball and can travel 18 hours in a bus, you can stand back there in the pocket and be very poised,â€ he said.
Musburger, Herbstreit and Andrews are scheduled to be in Arlington, Texas, at 7 p.m. Saturday to call the final Big 12 football championship game.
-- Worst prediction: CBS analyst Steve Beuerlein predicting Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett would take a knee with six seconds left in the first half on the Hogs' 20 yard line. Instead, Mallett hit Cobi Hamilton with a pass at midfield and he scored after two LSU defenders collide. â€œI'm not going to predict anything anymore,â€ Beurelein said. ... Analysts Desmond Howard and Lee Corso picked OSU to win the Bedlam game at the conclusion of ESPN's â€œCollege GameDayâ€ at Stillwater. Herbstreit didn't make the prediction because he called the game.
-- ABC's Sean McDonough came to the defense of embattled Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez during Ohio State's 37-7 victory. â€œI think if they give him more time, he will win,â€ McDonough said. â€œJim Harbaugh is awfully appealing for anybody, especially with his history here. ...â€ Miami quarterback Jacory Harris likely cost the Hurricane the game when he threw an interception late in the game as the Hurricane neared a possible winning field goal against South Florida. â€œYou can't make that mistake,â€ analyst David Pollack said. â€œYou're a junior quarterback. Throw that ball away and you have a chance at a field goal....â€
FSN analyst Dave Lapham on Gary Pinkel's success as Missouri coach in leading the Tigers to a 10-win season. â€œIt's not a one-hit wonder,â€ he said, â€œit's a program. He's laid a solid foundation...â€ Trailing 35-34 with no timeouts and less than two minutes to play, Georgia Tech let Georgia score the final touchdown, a move applauded by ESPN analyst Bob Davie as the Yellow Jackets' only chance to win. â€œI give them a lot of credit,â€ he said. â€œThey totally gave them that touchdown.â€