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Remote Patrol: ESPN2 crew impressed with Sooner quarterback Blake Bell

by Mel Bracht Published: September 14, 2013

When Knox reported from the Lamar sideline that the Cardinals defense was getting tired, Lapham suggested to Knox that he “put some pads on and blitz from the corner.” Knox then told Lapham, a former Cincinnati Bengals offensive lineman, “They need some help. You need to come on down.”

In the third quarter, Knox joined the OSU student section in beating paddles on the side of the stands. “It's a cast of characters up here,” Knox said. “You got Batman, you got Helmet Man, you got everybody knocking down the wall here in Stillwater, Oklahoma.”

Thulin used a pro wrestling reference after OSU defensive end Sam Wren pounded Lamar quarterback Caleb Berry to the turf late in the second quarter. “Sam  Wren does a little Bruno Sammartino on him.”

The trio still had plenty of serious comments in describing OSU's total domination of the visitors. “Let's face it,” Lapham said. “Oklahoma State's Xs and Os are bigger, faster and stronger than Lamar's.”

Midway through the third quarter the broadcasters made OSU receiver Josh Stewart the player of the game for his 176 all-purpose yards at the time, including a 67-yard punt return TD. “He took the punt return to the house,” Lapham said. “Those unscripted, unconventional scores are enormous.”

“When he came out of high school, Denton (Texas) Guyer, they said he was too small to be an impact player,” Thulin said earlier. “I'd say they were wrong.”

Lapham raved about receiver Blake Jackson's one-handed 2-yard touchdown catch in the third quarter, which they made the play of the game. “That's an athlete right there. He must have Velcro on his gloves.”

OSU wrestling coach John Smith also visited the booth to discuss wrestling's return to the Olympics for the 2020 Games. Lapham said he was honored to talk with a “living legend.”

There was no reference to the controversial Sports Illustrated five-part series on the OSU football program. Considering OSU owned the TV rights to the broadcast, that was not all that surprising.


* On ESPN's “College GameDay,” analyst Kirk Herbstreit and guest picker Lyle Lovett from Klein, Texas, picked Texas A&M over Alabama. Lee Corso was the only one to correctly predict Alabama would win.

* On Notre Dame's go-ahead touchdown in its 31-24 victory against Purdue on ABC, Davaris Daniels tight-roped down the sideline on an 82-yard touchdown pass. “That's a heck of a run down the line,” Brent Musburger said. “That's just a big-time run after the catch.”

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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