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Oklahoma State football: ESPNU announcers critical of Cowboys' late-game play-calling

by Mel Bracht Published: January 1, 2013

ESPNU announcers Clay Matvick and Matt Stinchcomb criticized Oklahoma State for running up the score through continued passing and trick plays in its 58-14 rout of Purdue in the Heart of Dallas Bowl.

Matvick, the play-by-play announcer, even speculated that Purdue faked its second punt of the game in the fourth quarter because the Boilermakers feared what the Cowboys would do to them.

Not once did the broadcasters discuss if a 6-6 Purdue team, which had a 3-5 record in the Big Ten Conference, even deserved to be in a bowl game. Clearly the Boilermakers weren't a worthy opponent for the inspired Cowboys.

“I think there's certainly a point in the ball game where the point has been made, victory is clearly in hand,” said Stinchcomb, a former Georgia All-America offensive lineman, after OSU had taken a 55-7 lead on backup quarterback J.W. Walsh's 37-yard pass to Blake Webb with 8:32 left. “I don't really understand what they are trying to get across. … The last thing you want to be is pitied, but at some point there is sportsmanship.”

“Oklahoma State has been relentless on Purdue here today,” said Matvick, adding he felt sorry for Purdue interim coach Patrick Higgins.

Third-string quarterback Wes Lunt then came in and threw three straight incomplete passes, supporting their argument.

Earlier, Stinchcomb criticized a razzle-dazzle pass from running back Joseph Randle to starting quarterback Clint Chelf that gained only one yard. OSU settled for a Quinn Sharp field goal.

“You're up 35-0; I think the game is pretty well in hand… I don't know if that was necessary.”

Both announcers spoke highly of Chelf, the player of the game, but Stinchcomb noted he wasn't much of a practice quarterback.

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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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