Bates, a middle linebacker on Florida's 1996 national title team, said, “I can barely get in a word before you go back to the play-by-play call. I can't imagine being a linebacker or safety trying to set this defense up. You got to be able to process in a hurry.”
The trio made Walsh the player of the game for his 24 of 27 performance for 326 yards. Kutcher noted he had more touchdown passes (4) than incompletions (3).
Bates said he was glad second-string quarterback Clint Chelf also made an impact after a disappointing start against Mississippi State last Saturday.
“They are going to need him this year,” he said.
Kutcher and Bates noted Chelf had an edge over Walsh in one category: hair. After a shot of Chelf's curly hair as he stood without his helmet on the sideline, Kutcher said, “He's got the better hair.”
Bates added, “With hair like that, you got to go to Alabama. That's an A.J. McCarron do.”
After Jhajuan Seales' 44-yard reception despite being double-covered, Bates credited OSU's ability to recruit big wide receivers. “If there's a big dude out there, it's not hard for Mike Gundy and company to say, ‘You want to be the next Justin Blackmon. You want to be the next Dez Bryant. Here's the spot to come to.'”
On defense, he noted OSU needed to shore up its attack, which allowed 504 yards. “Some of those costly, costly penalties need to be corrected.”
When speedy Kenny Bias blew through the Cowboy defense on a 67-yard TD catch, his third TD of the day, Bates got in the best line of the day. “Basically, it's a fitting last name. That 81, he keeps running right by us.”
— ESPN's “College GameDay” commentator Lee Corso's streak of picking five headgear games in a row came to an end Saturday at Ann Arbor, Mich. Lee Corso incorrectly picked Notre Dame, placing a green Irish bowler on his head while holding a chicken. The chicken was in reference to Michigan coach Brady Hoke noting the Irish were scared to the play the Wolverines in future seasons with no games scheduled. Mark Harmon, of “NCIS” fame and son of Michigan Heisman Trophy winner Tom Harmon, was the guest picker.
— On CBS Sports Network, play-by-play announcer Ben Holden built up the drama as Colorado State called three timeouts in a row in trying to ice Tulsa kicker
Carl Salazar. But Salazar kicked a 34-yard field goal as time expired for the 30-27 victory. “The 5-7 senior puts his foot into it to win the game,” Holden said. He promptly called (1-1) TU undefeated before being corrected by analyst Tom Bradley.