Fox analyst Charles Davis compared the scoring runs in the OU-Texas Tech football game Saturday to a basketball game. And who better to call a basketball game than his play-by-play partner, Gus Johnson, who built his reputation for enthusiastic calls broadcasting “March Madness” for CBS.
Johnson was at the top of his game and Davis provided excellent commentary for the weather-delayed game that started on Fox and finished on Fox News channel to make room for the network's World Series telecast. KOKH-25 showed the game in its entirety, but the final 45 minutes were in standard def.
A sampling of “Gusisms” on Saturday:
* During a close up of Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury after the Red Raiders took a 7-0 lead: “In Lubbock, they say our coach is hotter than yours. A matinee idol at 34 years old on the sidelines.”
* After OU cornerback Aaron Colvin recovered a fumble in the second quarter: “The Oklahoma defense is stepping up, wreaking havoc, causing turnovers. Aaron Colvin says, ‘Yes, that's what I'm talking about!'”
* After Blake Bell's 76-yard touchdown pass to Jalen Saunders gave the Sooners a 14-7 lead: “Who says that the Belldozer can't throw that thing?… He put it right on the money.”
* After OU running back Damien Williams' 32-yard run in the third quarter: “Smash-mouth, old school, Big 12, Oklahoma football.”
* After OU back Trey Millard leaped over a Tech defender on a run: “Millard, 6-2, 253, looking like Renaldo Nehemiah.”
* On a close up of OU coach Bob Stoops after the game: “Big Game Bob comes through!”
Davis said the game, with its varied scoring runs, looked “like hoops in the Billy Tubbs heyday here at Oklahoma.”
After questioning OU's strategy of running Roy Finch inside, Davis admitted he had been proven wrong. He used the telestrator to illustrate the size difference between the 5-7 Finch and the OU offensive line. “Look at the tree tops here. Good luck trying to find him back there, and when you do, he packs a full wallop at the end of the run.”