After Oklahoma coasted to a 34-7 halftime lead against Baylor, ESPN2 broadcasters Ron Franklin and Ed Cunningham were scrambling to keep viewers interested in the second half. They even interviewed ESPN BCS analyst Brad Edwards by phone as the Sooners scored on Ronnell Lewis' 12-yard interception return to start the third quarter.
Cunningham said he thought OU coach Bob Stoops should bench quarterback Landry Jones midway through the third quarter because the game was so lopsided.
With the impressive offensive show, OU improved to 20-0 against Baylor.
â€œYou get a sense with (Baylor coach) Art Briles and the energy that he brings, that's not going to last,â€ Cunningham said. â€œThough, maybe not next year, with all those good freshmen (on the Sooners).â€
Cunningham had high praises for several OU freshmen after touchdowns plays.
On Roy Finch's 8-yard TD run in which he planted a hand to keep his balance: â€œThat's a wonderful athletic move by Finch. He showed wonderful balance.â€
On Kenny Stills' 49-yard TD reception in which a pass interference penalty was declined: â€œThat was such a veteran move by Stills. The ball was underthrown by Landry Jones. He slowed down until the defender bumped him, then he went and finished it.â€
Looking ahead to the Bedlam game, Cunningham said he was expecting â€œa game for the ages. I think both of those offenses are amazing.â€
OSU IMPRESSES LAPHAM
FSN analyst Dave Lapham also brought up the Bedlam game late in OSU's 48-14 victory over Kansas. He said the Sooners needed to defend the Cowboys explosive offense like Peyton Manning's Indianapolis Colts offense and try to keep it off the field. â€œThe Oklahoma defense is going to have to force Oklahoma State to punt the football, get some takeaways and limit possessions,â€ he said. â€œOklahoma is going to have to get the running game going.â€
Lapham, who has called several OSU games this season, noted the problems that the Cowboys' balanced offense presents defenses.
â€œIt's like I don't have enough fingers to block the holes in the dike,â€ Lapham said. â€œI go after (Justin) Blackmon and (Kendall) Hunter hurts me. I go after those two guys and (Josh) Cooper hurts me. You can't defend everybody you have to defend; this offense is so prolific.â€
Lapham said Cooper, catching nine passes for 94 yards Saturday, had joined the triplets of quarterback Brandon Weeden, Blackmon and Hunter â€œto make it a quad.â€
Sideline reporter Jim Knox had an interesting report on the deteriorating condition of kicker Dan Bailey's gold kicking shoes, which he had used all four years at OSU. He told Lapham, â€œThey would be like you wearing them for a solid 10 years without even washing them,â€ he said. â€œThey looked really worn out.â€
-- At the end of Texas A&M's 9-6 victory over visiting Nebraska, ABC announcer Brent Musburger said Huskers coach Bo Pellini went after the officials to voice his displeasure with the disparity in penalties â€“ 16 for Nebraska, two for Texas A&M. After losing three in a row, the Aggies have won five straight. â€œMike Sherman has started to build a solid foundation in this program,â€ said analyst Kirk Herbstreit, who started the day at Wrigley Field for ESPN's â€œCollege Game Day,â€ previewing the Illinois-Northwestern game.
-- ABC analyst Matt Millen praised Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor after he rallied the Buckeyes to a 20-17 victory at Iowa. On fourth and 10, Pryor ran for 14 yards on the game-winning drive and finished with 78 rushing yards, giving him 2,000 for his career. â€œHe came in here and made the big plays, particularly on fourth down,â€ Millen said.
-- LSU and coach Les Miles prevailed in another SEC shootout, edging Ole Miss 43-36. CBS analyst Gary Danielson, among the conference's biggest proponent, said, â€œI tell you, it's a war in this conference, every week, every game. You get about three gimmies, when somebody doesn't show up. We knew Ole Miss was going to show up.â€
-- Texas finally found a team it could beat, routing Florida Atlantic and coach Howard Schnellenberger, 51-17, to end a four-game losing streak. â€œThere is no question the Longhorns needed this,â€ said play-by-play announcer Bill Land. â€œThey needed a victory. They needed to get something working for them.â€
-- In the one-way game at Wrigley Field, Illinois running back Mikel Leshoure rushed for a school-record 330 yards and two touchdowns. Because of the proximity of the east end zone to the outfield wall, offenses went only toward the east end zone. â€œIt was a great setting,â€ analyst Bob Davie said. â€œWhen you can run the ball, it just shows it doesn't matter which direction you are going or where you play.â€