Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein already has won the Heisman Trophy. At least that what's what ABC play-by-play announcer Brent Musburger said during the Wildcats' 44-30 victory over Oklahoma State on Saturday night.
Musburger noted Klein had 17 rushing touchdowns this season after he scored on a 1-yard run early in the third quarter.
“The Heisman Trophy winner is just having a remarkable season,” he said.
Analyst Kirk Herbstreit quickly corrected his colleague.
“Not quite the winner just yet. You're doing a little foreshadowing right there. He's the front-runner. Feels like he's won, he's so far in front.”
After cameras showed a K-State fan with a fake Heisman trophy, Musburger said, “I saw the hardware.”
Musburger's mistake wasn't surprising considering he and Herbstreit kept a close eye on CBS' Alabama-LSU telecast on one of their monitors, giving regular updates, which probably didn't make their network bosses happy.
* The game to watch? After back-to-back kickoff returns for touchdowns in the second quarter, a giddy Herbstreit said, “You and I, Kansas State-Oklahoma State against LSU-Alabama. We just got action you like, points you like, scores you like. This is the game you want to watch.”
* Praise for Chelf: While Hersbreit noted OSU freshman quarterback Wes Lunt's struggles, he praised junior Clint Chelf for his role off the bench after Lunt's concussion.
“The biggest difference you are seeing with Chelf, because of his experience, is how quick he is making decisions,” said Herbstreit, also crediting the OSU line for providing him protection.
* Rough interview: Sideline reporter Heather Cox earned low marks for asking Snyder how it felt for him in his second stint with the Wildcats and his current players to finally beat OSU.
“Well, I've been here for a long time, so we've won a game or two against Oklahoma State,” Snyder said.
Analyst Ed Cunningham took some shots at the Sooners in their 35-20 victory over Iowa State in ABC's 11 a.m. telecast. Cunningham was particularly critical of the Belldozer, saying it was time for OU to scrap the short-yardage formation. He noted that Blake Bell was hesitant to hit the holes, when OU's strategy, is in fact, for Bell to wait for the holes to develop.
“He sidesteps and he just takes too long,” Cunningham said.
He and play-by-play announcer Mike Patrick second-guessed OU going for it on fourth-and-1 on the OU 46 early in the third quarter. “What a gamble!” Patrick exclaimed after Bell converted the first down.
Instead of going with Bell on the series, Cunningham said he would have used Landry Jones on a quarterback sneak or had a bigger back run the ball.
Patrick and Cunningham were complimentary of Jones. After OU scored on two quick passes late in the first half, Patrick said, "What a killer sequence for Iowa State and a tip of the cap to Landry Jones for a couple of great throws.”
“We have been a little bit nitpicky on Jones,” Cunningham said in the fourth quarter. “But when the guy gets going, he's pretty good. Now that (Kenny) Stills is back at his outside receiving position, they have their foot on the gas.”
ABC miked ISU's Jake Knott, an all-conference linebacker whose college career ended with a shoulder injury, and he had some interesting comments in encouraging his teammates. “If the NFL doesn't work out, I think he could be a coach,” Cunningham said. “He's a natural at it.”
* CBS showed Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron crying on the sidelines and emotional in an interview with sideline reporter Tracy Wolfson after he led the top-ranked Crimson Tide to a 21-17 comeback win over No. 5 LSU.
“He knew, sooner or later, he would make to make those tough throws,” CBS analyst Gary Danielson said.
* On ESPN's “College GameDay,” analyst Lee Corso and Herbstreit picked Alabama to win. Guest picker Lolo Jones, an Olympic hurdler from LSU, took her alma mater. Jones and Corso also selected Kansas State to win.