Oklahoma's most potent weapon was the Landry Jones to Ryan Broyles pass connection Saturday night, but FX announcers Gus Johnson and Charles Davis had the most fun discussing walk-on running back Dominique Whaley , who had a combined 150 rushing and receiving yards.
“I tell you what, one day they are going to have to give this kid a scholarship,” Johnson said.
“When they do award it,” Davis said, “the whole state of Oklahoma will stand up and applaud.”
“I don't think they should give him a scholarship this year,” Johnson said. “He is so hungry right now.”
Near the end of the broadcast, FX showed one of his wristbands on which he had written “Walk on.”
Except for a few minor camera glitches, FX turned in a solid performance in covering its second OU home game in four weeks. Sideline analyst Tim Brewster, a former Minnesota coach, was a mild disappointment. Many of his comments were just restating the obvious, such as saying Missouri needed to score quickly or the game risked becoming a blowout.
His analysis of Bob Stoops did add little insight about the OU coach. “He is the complete package. He is an Xs and Os guy. He is a recruiter. He relates extremely well to young people. In all phases, Bob Stoops is doing a heck of a job.”
Johnson went overboard in saying the Sooners wanted to “pour it on” the Tigers to avenge last year's loss at Columbia, Mo.
Davis had high praises for the OU defense, which changed the game's momentum. “If there is a better open field tackling team in the country, I want to know who it is.”
ABC's Sean McDonough and Matt Millen earned high marks in describing OSU's 30-29 comeback victory over Texas A&M, showing why they are one of the network's most entertaining teams. ABC also did a good job of capturing the emotions of OSU co-defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer celebrating the victory two days after the funeral of his wife, Angela.
“Oklahoma State is certainly a national championship contender,” McDonough said at game's end. Millen, the former Detroit Lions president, said, “Even when things went the wrong way, they regrouped and had a fantastic second half.”
OSU capitalized on several turnovers to score 21 points in the third quarter to take the lead. “(Brandon) Weeden has been protected, and the ball has been out fast,” Millen said. “We said they had to get (Justin) Blackmon into the game, and they've done it in a big way.”
McDonough may have been too harsh on Blackmon after he fumbled the ball through the end zone on what should have been a touchdown catch. “What is the point in a run like that, unless you are just showboating,” he said.
Millen had special compliments for several Cowboys, and he called cornerback Brodrick Brown the Cowboys player of the game. “He has stood tall all day long to one of the country's top receivers. He has fought hard. He's not a big man, but he's played with a big heart.”
* ABC's Brent Musburger, noting West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen's wild sideline antics in the game against LSU, asked, “How would you like to do a game between Dana Holgorsen of West Virginia and Mike Stoops of Arizona?”
* Brian Griese, a former Michigan quarterback, raved about Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein's performance in the Wildcats' victory at Miami. “He has led his team in a hostile environment against a good Miami defense. He's been impressive. I didn't think he could move the ball consistently like he has.”
* West Virginia basketball coach Bob Huggins was the guest picker on ESPN's “College GameDay.” Huggins and Kirk Herbstreit picked Texas A&M to beat OSU. Lee Corso took the Cowboys. The show had a touching segment about the friendship of Blackmon and Olivia Hamilton, a 9-year-old from Sperry who is recovering from leukemia. Blackmon wears a pink bracelet that Olivia gave him.