ESPN analyst Matt Millen was surprised Oklahoma didn't rely more on Landry Jones' passing attack in the first half in managing only 89 yards of offense in the Insight Bowl.
“He has been the playmaker all season,” Millen said to start the third quarter. “You got to go with him.”
The Sooners seemingly took his advice on a 10-play, 64-yard touchdown drive in the third quarter. Jones completed 4 of 5 passes, including a 3-yard TD pass to tight end Trent Ratterree. The score ended a three-game touchdown drought for Jones, which play-by-play announcer Sean McDonough had harped on.
“This is the elusive touchdown pass, the first in four games for Jones,” McDonough said.
Millen and McDonough were well familiar with the Sooners in broadcasting their third game of the season. They also will broadcast their third OSU game Monday night in calling the Fiesta Bowl.
* ESPN's late broadcast of the game was delayed even more when an over-the-field SkyCam fell on the field late in the fourth quarter nearly hitting Hawkeyes star receiver Marvin McNutt. Play was held up for several minutes as the camera and wire were removed from the field.
“You might think it is a Soviet satellite coming out of the sky,” Millen said.
“Sorry folks, we didn't want it to happen,” McDonough said.
* Sideline reporter Heather Cox discussed rumors of Mike Stoops' possible return to the OU coaching staff, noting he had spent time in the coaching booth during the game. Earlier Cox was unsuccessful in getting injured wide receiver Ryan Broyles to say if he had any idea if his close friend Jones would return for his senior season. “No, mam,” he said.