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ABC crews lives up to its reputation and the excitement of Bedlam

ABC/ESPN's top broadcast team lived up to its reputation and kept up with the Bedlam game's 40-point fourth quarter
by Mel Bracht Modified: November 28, 2010 at 12:01 am •  Published: November 27, 2010

The 40-point explosion in the fourth quarter of the Bedlam game Saturday night left ABC announcers Brent Musburger and Kirk Herbstreit almost breathless.

“All we can say folks,” Musburger said, “it is Bedlam.”

“It's living up to its reputation,” 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.

“What a job by Landry Jones,” Herbstreit said. “He threw some interceptions, but he got the job done.”

Herbstreit also credited the Sooners' offensive line for providing Jones with protection.

On the 86-yard touchdown pass to Cameron Kenney, he said, “How about the job the offensive line did in giving Jones time to throw the ball. He then threw an absolute laser to Kenney.”

Herbstreit complimented the Cowboys for their resiliency in continuing to come back after OU scores. As for the Gundy's coaching job this season, “They have not only exceeded expectations, they are one of the great stories in college football this season.”

Musburger noted the maturity the 27-year-old Brandon Weeden, a former Yankees minor-league baseball player, brought to the OSU offense. “When 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,” he said.

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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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