Fox's broadcast crew of Craig Bolerjack, Joel Klatt and Petros Papadakis did a good job of capturing the ebb and flow of the shoot-out in Morgantown on Saturday night, but they virtually ignored the ugly antics of West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen.
During a timeout late in the first half, Holgorsen shouted an obscenity that clearly was caught by a live microphone. “Everybody run in the (expletive) end zone,” he told his players.
Bolerjack said, “Emotional to say the least,” but offered no apology for the network airing the obscenity.
In the fourth quarter, Fox showed Holgorsen repeatedly throwing his headset down as he screamed at officials after his team was stopped on a fourth-and-1, apparently upset over a lack of a pass interference call on third down.
“That headset might not make it through the night,” Bolerjack said.
At least, Fox didn't have a live microphone on him this time.
Klatt, a former Colorado quarterback, was on top of his game in describing Landry Jones' game-winning touchdown pass to Kenny Stills.
“You talk about pressure. Landry Jones throws a perfect slant pass on fourth down to his most-experienced receiver, Kenny Stills,” he said.
On OU's previous go-ahead touchdown, Klatt also correctly predicted the pass would go to Stills, noting that 74 percent of his receptions had gone for first downs or touchdowns. Bolerjack said Stills took advantage of blown coverage and “climbed the ladder” for the catch.
For most of the evening, the Fox announcers were busy coming up with adjectives to describe the Mountaineers' Tavon Austin, who rushed for a school-record 344 yards and set a Big 12 record with 572 all-purpose yards.
“We are watching Houdini,” said Bolerjack after an Austin 56-yard run in the third quarter.