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Fox Sports Net crew has rough night calling Oklahoma game

Remote Patrol — Announcers search for adjectives to describe OSU's blowout win.
by Mel Bracht Published: September 2, 2012

Although OU's television partnership with FSN has not been officially announced, the telecast included a few promos for Sooners Sports TV, which is expected to include OU programming blocks on Fox Sports Oklahoma and Fox Sports Southwest.

OSU blowout

OSU's 84-0 victory over Savannah State had announcers Kevin Eschenfelder and N.D. Kalu searching for adjectives to describe the blowout.

Kalu, a former NFL defensive lineman, even had hope for a competitive game at the start. Of the Savannah State offense he said, “They are going to need each yard they can get to pull off an Appalachian State-type upset of Michigan.”

That hope quickly faded as the Cowboys compiled a 35-0 lead after the first quarter. Eschenfelder even lost count of the onslaught, calling it 28-0 at the quarter break.

At one point, Kalu took pity on Cowboys kicker Quinn Sharp's numerous extra points and kickoffs. “I hope they have a backup kicker because this guy's legs are going to get tired real quickly,” he said.

Interviewing OSU donor Boone Pickens at halftime, Eschenfelder even asked him if he wanted to come back later to bail him out. “If you want to come up in the fourth quarter, you can do the play-by-play,” he said.

Kalu defended the Cowboys on the question of the night: Why was OSU playing a dismal Savannah State team that had never played an FCS opponent. “They have five ranked opponents on their schedule. That's why I don't have a problem with them playing Savannah State,” he said.

Flipping channels

*ABC's Brent Musburger during Alabama's surprising 41-14 rout of Michigan: “They send one starter after another to the NFL,” he said of the Crimson Tide. “They just reload.”

*ESPN's Todd Blackledge after Clemson held on for a 26-19 victory over Auburn: “Heck of a win for the Clemson Tigers. Heck of a win for the Atlantic Coast Conference.”

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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