In a one-minute span in the second quarter, Oklahoma State scored two touchdowns to virtually wrap up its third straight victory in Austin, Texas. And an excellent Fox Sports broadcast team of Craig Bolerjack and former Oregon quarterback Joey Harrington captured the excitement.
Tracy Moore's 12-yard touchdown reception, which slipped through the hands of Texas defensive back Adrian Phillips, gave the Cowboys a 21-10 lead.
“I'm speechless right now,” Harrington said. “That was an interception … What a catch by Tracy Moore. What concentration to come up with the touchdown grab and keep his feet in bounds.”
Then OSU cornerback Justin Gilbert returned an interception 43 yards to make it 28-10.
“Oh my, what a play!” Bolerjack exclaimed as Gilbert high-stepped into the end zone after intercepting Case McCoy.
“This guy (Gilbert) is an athlete and every time he has the ball in his hands he's a threat to go the distance,” Harrington said.
Indeed it was a tale of two quarterbacks as OSU starter Clint Chelf was dubbed the MVP for his superb game and McCoy was the goat with three interceptions.
“He's done a fantastic job all game long,” Harrington said of Chelf. “He's run the ball, thrown the ball, leading his team. He did everything he needed to under center.”
His running ability clearly caught the announcers by surprise, even though he entered the game with 230 rushing yards. “This is just an added wrinkle that people didn't expect from Oklahoma State,” Harrington said. “It's really made them a more explosive offense.”
Fox had a revealing shot of McCoy sitting on the bench with his head down after his third interception.
“He's made a couple poor decisions and it's hurt,” Harrington said. “But this guy is scrappy. He's not going to give up.”
The Cowboys' defense earned high marks from the Fox crew, including sideline reporter Ryan Nece who said its solid, consistent play would match up well against Baylor next week.
“There are no huge stars,” Harrington said. “Everybody contributes.”
OU IMPRESSES FS1'S CHRIS SIMMS
Former Texas quarterback Chris Simms spoke highly of OU coach Bob Stoops in calling his first Sooner game. He was impressed with OU's third quarter in which the Sooners outscored Iowa State 17-0.
“There's a reason Bob Stoops has won so many games,” he said. “I know he won two games against me. I was always very impressed with their second-half adjustments in the games I played in.”
Jalen Saunders' 90-yard punt return in the second quarter changed the game's momentum in leading to a 10-10 tie. It was a return that Simms didn't think Saunders should have attempted.
“When he caught that, I'm thinking, ‘Why not fair catch it or let it go in that area of the field.' It was a risky play by Saunders… He has confidence in his ability.”
Simms spoke highly of the running ability of OU quarterback Trevor Knight, who rushed for 123 yards. “He just makes them that much more dangerous of a running team.”
Two of the game's hardest hits didn't involve players. A Fox handheld cameraman, whom the announcers identified as Dave Huffman, was injured after a player ran into him on the sideline. Producers showed the video caught by the camera.
“Like a quarterback in the pocket, he still got the shot and took the hit,” Simms said. “I like it.”
As he was carted off the field, the cameraman gave the OU sign to the applause of fans.
Play-by-play announcer Adam Alexander said the game's hardest hit was by a state trooper who laid out a fan who had entered the playing field. The hit was not shown by the network.