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ESPN produces stellar broadcast of Oklahoma State football's Fiesta Bowl victory

by Mel Bracht Modified: January 3, 2012 at 12:47 am •  Published: January 3, 2012

Sideline reporter Heather Cox reported in the first quarter that Blackmon was suffering from a thigh injury that had hindered him in practice, but it didn't seem to bother him in the game.

After his second touchdown catch, a 67-yard reception, helped OSU tie the game 14-14, Millen said, “He's hungry, you feed him. When you're a great receiver, it doesn't matter what kind of coverage you put on him.”

He got some help on his third touchdown, a 17-yard catch which helped tie the game 31-31, when the Stanford safety fell down in the end zone. McDonough said, “As the great Frank Broyles used to say to Keith Jackson, ‘Where is the safety man?' He slipped.”

Weedon had a rushing touchdown, just after McDonough noted that it was unlikely the Cowboys would run a quarterback draw. “Nice call, my friend,” Millen said. “He's not the most gifted runner but the most willing one on the team.”

ESPN then had a shot of Weeden's wife, Melanie, fanning herself from apparent nervousness.

McDonough noted that OSU's fast-tempo offense appeared to wear down the Stanford defense as Joseph Randle scored the game-tying touchdown with 2:35 left.

“The Stanford defense is tired and confused,” he said. “A lot of times the fatigue will mess with your mind.”

Millen had high praises for Mike Gundy in leading OSU to its first BCS bowl. “He projects a calm demeanor to his team. He never gets flustered, and it's a carryover which you see with his group.”

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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