The dialogue between former OU All-American safety Roy Williams on the sideline and announcers Chuck Cooperstein and Dean Blevins in the booth produced some entertaining comments during Fox Sports Net's pay-per-view broadcast of the OU-Ball State game Saturday night.
Some of it was pretty strong for television.
After OU safety Tony Jefferson made an amazing one-handed interception, Williams, in his first season as an analyst, said, “Wow, that's a helluva catch!”
Blevins later was tempted to compare Williams, who earned the nickname “Superman” at OU, with Jefferson, who snagged three interceptions in the second quarter.
“I started to call him Superman,” said Blevins, the KWTV-9 sports director. “Superman 2, not yet. Roy delivered too many times for him to be Superman this early.”
Cooperstein, a Dallas sportscaster, added, “You have to remember the sequels to Superman were all really good.”
The telecast even included a highlight of Williams' most famous play, his leaping hit of quarterback Chris Simms that resulted in a fumble recovery for a touchdown by Teddy Lehman in the 2001 OU-Texas game. Williams sounded as though he was tired of seeing it. “I've seen that picture more than I've seen baby pictures of myself,” he said.
Late in the game, Blevins remarked that Williams never missed a tackle. Williams was quick to correct him. “I missed a few,” he said. “I never liked to be cussed out by Mike Stoops.”
Or Bob Stoops as linebacker Tom Wort found out Saturday night. One of the most interesting shots was Bob Stoops chewing out Wort after his 22-yard fumble return touchdown. After the touchdown, Wert spiked the ball and was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct.
Blevins went out on the limb when Michael Hunnicutt kicked a 39-yard field goal for the Sooners' final score, saying Hunnicut had earned the spot to kick against Texas next week.
The trio of announcers, along with sideline reporter Kelly Crull, turned in a strong telecast. There were a few drawbacks. Crull's interviews with OU basketball coaches Sherri Coale and Lon Kruger stretched into game action and the start of a few plays were missed when producers couldn't keep up with OU's fast-paced offense and were stuck in a replay.
“They just do a great job of quick tempo,” Blevins said. “Oklahoma does it better than anybody.”
Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy looked comfortable while making several appearances on ESPN/ABC halftime and studio shows. Interviewed at halftime of the Arkansas-Texas A&M, Gundy praised his team. “We're very explosive. We have good team chemistry. I like where we're at.”