He and play-by-play announcer Mike Patrick second-guessed OU going for it on fourth-and-1 on the OU 46 early in the third quarter. “What a gamble!” Patrick exclaimed after Bell converted the first down.
Instead of going with Bell on the series, Cunningham said he would have used Landry Jones on a quarterback sneak or had a bigger back run the ball.
Patrick and Cunningham were complimentary of Jones. After OU scored on two quick passes late in the first half, Patrick said, "What a killer sequence for Iowa State and a tip of the cap to Landry Jones for a couple of great throws.”
“We have been a little bit nitpicky on Jones,” Cunningham said in the fourth quarter. “But when the guy gets going, he's pretty good. Now that (Kenny) Stills is back at his outside receiving position, they have their foot on the gas.”
ABC miked ISU's Jake Knott, an all-conference linebacker whose college career ended with a shoulder injury, and he had some interesting comments in encouraging his teammates. “If the NFL doesn't work out, I think he could be a coach,” Cunningham said. “He's a natural at it.”
* CBS showed Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron crying on the sidelines and emotional in an interview with sideline reporter Tracy Wolfson after he led the top-ranked Crimson Tide to a 21-17 comeback win over No. 5 LSU.
“He knew, sooner or later, he would make to make those tough throws,” CBS analyst Gary Danielson said.
* On ESPN's “College GameDay,” analyst Lee Corso and Herbstreit picked Alabama to win. Guest picker Lolo Jones, an Olympic hurdler from LSU, took her alma mater. Jones and Corso also selected Kansas State to win.