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Oklahoma State football: Fox officiating expert says 'no clear recovery' on goal-line fumble

REMOTE PATROL — Replays appeared to show the ball pop out before Texas' decisive goal-line play. But referees had already ruled it a touchdown.
by Mel Bracht Published: September 29, 2012
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Noting the two sportscasters had called three Texas games last year, Johnson said this year's Longhorn offense is more impressive under second-year offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin.

“The difference I see with this Texas team is the precision on offense, everyone moving in sync,” he said.

Davis and Johnson will have the Longhorns again next Saturday night when they host West Virginia in the Fox prime time game.

SHORT TAKES

* In the pregame, Johnson said he was expecting a shootout. The teams didn't disappoint the announcers early in scoring 35 points in the first quarter as Texas grabbed a 21-14 lead.

“We told you at the top of the broadcast we were expecting a good, old-fashioned shootout in Oklahoma,” Johnson said after OSU tied the game at 14 on. Walsh's 44 yard touchdown pass to Josh Stewart.

“Someone take our pulse,” Davis said, referring to the offensive explosion.

* Davis said the main storyline was whether OSU could continue its current Big 12 dominance and if Texas could finally beat a “good” team.

* When Sharp punted with his left foot to escape a Longhorn punt rush after a poor snap, Davis quipped, “Sharp thinking by Quinn Sharp. I didn't know he was ambidextrous.”

* Johnson had more mistakes than normal for his role as Fox's lead announcer, including saying OSU was going to go for it on fourth down late in the second quarter when Sharp missed on a 53-yard attempt and calling a wide Texas run “the most exciting 11-yard run will see today.” The run only was for 6 yards, which, to his credit, he corrected.

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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