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OU football: Pay-per-view broadcast of Florida A&M game was network quality

REMOTE PATROL — Analyst Dave Lapham was the broadcast star of the OU-Florida A&M pay-per-view telecast.
by Mel Bracht Published: September 8, 2012

Although it was only a pay-view-view telecast with a limited audience, Fox Sports Oklahoma treated the Florida A&M-OU game like a network telecast with an excellent broadcast highlighted by the commentary of Dave Lapham.

Lapham, a former Cincinnati Bengals lineman who also is an radio analyst on Bengals games, provided his usual colorful comments. It's befuddling that Fox has taken him off its national broadcasts. He's better than 90 percent of the college football analysts.

Lapham was impressed with Damien Williams' versatility in rushing for four touchdowns and 156 yards to earn FSOK's Player of the Game honors. “He's shown speed and he's shown power.”

A former lineman, Lapham also was quick to credit fullback Trey Millard's blocking on Williams' touchdown runs. “He's an honorary member of the Hogs. … It's like having an extra guard in the backfield the way he knocked bodies around.”

Other examples of Lapham's analysis:

* On Justin Brown, who is bigger than most punt returners: “This guy has good hands. At 6-3, 210 pounds, he goes north and south very decisively.”

* On new offensive coordinator Mike Stoops keeping the OU defense simple: “Don't try to teach them trigonometry and calculus until you make sure they have Algebra 1 figured out.”

* On head coach Bob Stoops' happiness in having his brother back in charge of the defense. “Football is all about trust and Bob Stoops trusts everything about Mike.”

* On receiver Trey Metoyer's large hands. “Metoyer has Triple XL gloves. The guy is almost like a cartoon as big as his hands are. From the little finger to his thumb, he could probably palm a ruler.”

* On the six-bar face mask on 6-6, 318-pound reserve defensive tackle Jordan Phillips: “I think you could cook cheeseburgers on that bad boy. A little propane gas and you got a grilling going.”

Play-by-play announcer Bill Land, a former Tulsa sportscaster, was expecting the rout. After OU's second touchdown and the Sooner Schooner raced around the field, he said, “Make sure the horses get hydrated. They could be busy tonight.”

In partnership with Sooner Sports TV, the broadcast offered viewers an inside look at the game. In the pregame, viewers got to see the tradition-rich videoboard intro and the OU players run onto the field. At halftime, a portion of the OU band's performance was shown.

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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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