Remote Patrol: ABC's Brent Musburger awards Heisman to Collin Klein

BY MEL BRACHT, Staff Writer, mbracht@opubco.com Published: November 3, 2012

Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein already has won the Heisman Trophy. At least that what's what ABC play-by-play announcer Brent Musburger said during the Wildcats' 44-30 victory over Oklahoma State on Saturday night.

Musburger noted Klein had 17 rushing touchdowns this season after he scored on a 1-yard run early in the third quarter.

“The Heisman Trophy winner is just having a remarkable season,” he said.

Analyst Kirk Herbstreit quickly corrected his colleague.

“Not quite the winner just yet. You're doing a little foreshadowing right there. He's the front-runner. Feels like he's won, he's so far in front.”

After cameras showed a K-State fan with a fake Heisman trophy, Musburger said, “I saw the hardware.”

Musburger's mistake wasn't surprising considering he and Herbstreit kept a close eye on CBS' Alabama-LSU telecast on one of their monitors, giving regular updates, which probably didn't make their network bosses happy.

* The game to watch? After back-to-back kickoff returns for touchdowns in the second quarter, a giddy Herbstreit said, “You and I, Kansas State-Oklahoma State against LSU-Alabama. We just got action you like, points you like, scores you like. This is the game you want to watch.”

* Praise for Chelf: While Hersbreit noted OSU freshman quarterback Wes Lunt's struggles, he praised junior Clint Chelf for his role off the bench after Lunt's concussion.

“The biggest difference you are seeing with Chelf, because of his experience, is how quick he is making decisions,” said Herbstreit, also crediting the OSU line for providing him protection. 

* Rough interview: Sideline reporter Heather Cox earned low marks for asking Snyder how it felt for him in his second stint with the Wildcats and his current players to finally beat OSU.

“Well, I've been here for a long time, so we've won a game or two against Oklahoma State,” Snyder said.

SOONERS SECOND-GUESSED

Analyst Ed Cunningham took some shots at the Sooners in their 35-20 victory over Iowa State in ABC's 11 a.m. telecast. Cunningham was particularly critical of the Belldozer, saying it was time for OU to scrap the short-yardage formation. He noted that Blake Bell was hesitant to hit the holes, when OU's strategy, is in fact, for Bell to wait for the holes to develop.

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