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Remote patrol: Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge shine in broadcast

by Mel Bracht Published: October 23, 2011

ABC's talented broadcast duo of Brad Nessler and Todd Blackledge did a magnificent job of capturing the ebbs and flows of Texas Tech's 41-38 upset victory over OU, ending the Sooners' 39-game home winning streak.

When Michael Hunnicut's late field-goal attempt clanked off the right goal post, Nessler summed it well. “Oh, no! The second time tonight the field goal unit failed to do its job. Wow! It's been that kind of night tonight for the Sooners.”

A few plays earlier, Blackledge noted that quarterback Landry Jones' passing was a little off during the evening. “I've seen more bad throws from Landry Jones than I've seen in awhile. Part of that is the (defensive) pressure.”

After Red Raiders quarterback Seth Doege connected with a game-clinching 14-yard touchdown pass to Tramain Swindall at the back of the end zone, Blackledge said, “This is an unbelievable throw and a tremendous effort by Swindall to keep one foot in.”

Added Nessler, “Holly (Rowe, sideline reporter) said his shoe size was a 12. If he wore a 13, he would have been out of bounds.”

As the Red Raiders took a 24-7 lead at halftime, Blackledge marveled at their passing attack. “I knew Seth Doege was good, but they are just shredding the Sooner defense.”

Nessler and Blackledge inferred that Texas Tech might have snuck up on the Sooners because of the early hype to the Bedlam game. “The fans and the media, everyone is talking about the Bedlam game, which is so far away,” Blackledge said.

Blackledge featured the Noble diner Tiffany's on his Taste of the Town segment. He devoured a large chicken fried steak dinner with mashed potatoes and gravy, describing it as it “awesome.”

After the long storm delay, most of ABC's viewers stayed with the Alabama-Tennessee game, not returning to the OU-Texas Tech game until that game ended.

Versatile Cowboys

Although OSU's passing game usually grabs most of the headlines, FX sideline analyst Tim Brewster marveled at the Cowboys' running game in OSU's 45-24 victory at Missouri.

“I really like the way the five guys in unison work together in the zone running game,” Brewster, a former Minnesota coach, said of the offensive line after Joseph Randle's 12-yard run for the final touchdown. “It's very pleasing to watch.”

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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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