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Remote patrol: Brent Musberger figures OU coaches get extra joy out of beating Bryan Harsin's offense

BY MEL BRACHT Published: October 8, 2011

“It's Boomer Sooner in Dallas today.”

“The Red River Rivalry has turned into the Red River bloodbath.”

After the Sooners' final touchdown, Jamell Fleming's 56-yard fumble return, Musberger gushed, “Well, folks, Bevo can't stand to watch it anymore,” he said as cameras caught Bevo sitting. “He has flat turned his back on the 'Horns and said enough of this stuff. Holy Toledo!”

ESPN studio analysts raved about OU's performance. Jesse Palmer praised the OU defense. “There is so much speed on defense for the Sooners that defensive coordinator Brent Venables was able to dial it up, confusing the young Texas quarterbacks.” And Mark May saluted Jones' passing offense. “They are automatic, like a well-oiled machine. You can't stop it.”

Flipping channels

— On ESPN's “College GameDay,” guest picker Blake Griffin, a former OU basketball star, and analyst Lee Corso both picked the Sooners to win. Corso donned a schooner hat then fired shots with two RUF/NEKS' shotguns, smoking up the stage area. The show profiled OU receiver Ryan Broyles, noting his “neat freak” tendencies.

— ABC play-by-play announcer Carter Blackburn praised Kansas State's methodical style in the closing minutes of its 24-17 victory over Missouri. “It may not be eye-popping, it may not be Heisman material, it may not be sexy, but it's tough football. Cats closing in on 5-0.”

— ESPN analyst Urban Meyer, a former Florida coach, was impressed with Penn State's defense in its 13-3 victory over Iowa, calling the Nittany Lions a Big Ten contender. “The way they play defense, they are going to be in every game.”


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