Oklahoma's 52-7 rout of Kansas allowed FSN's broadcast crew to take a light-hearted approach in the second half as sideline reporter Jim Knox even got a ride on the Sooner Schooner after the Sooners' final touchdown in the third quarter.
“After this game they are going to have to rotate the wagon wheels,” Knox said as he took a spin around the field. “Giddy up!”
Play-by-play announcer Joel Meyers and analyst Brian Baldinger also had lots of time to compliment the Sooners.
Noting that CBS analyst Spencer Tillman, a former OU running back, had called OU the best one-loss team in the country, Baldinger agreed. “Notre Dame is here next week. I think they (the Sooners) may have a legitimate claim to being the best one-loss team.”
Baldinger said OU's speed would test the Irish defense in the much-anticipated game.
“This will be their best test,” Baldinger said. “This by far will be the most speed that they have to defend all year and the atmosphere will be electric.”
Knox noted that tickets range from $400 to $4,000 for the game, which will be nationally televised on ABC.
* After Justin Brown returned a punt 90 yards for a touchdown, Baldinger noted that Brown had shown speed similar to Damien Williams on his 95-yard TD run against Texas. “Oklahoma is a dangerous team because they can score from anywhere on the field with that type of speed.”
* Landry Jones left the game late in the third quarter with solid stats – 18 of 29 for 291 yards and 3 touchdowns. Baldinger said, “I thought he was terrific. He kept control of the football and got the deep throws.”
* After a 45-yard fumble return by Casey Walker, a 6-foot-2, 310-pound defensive tackle, Baldinger quipped, “He's glad he ran the extra wind sprints last week to get that far down the field.” Knox added, “Get him oxygen. He needs oxygen right now.”
* After Roy Finch's 100-yard touchdown return to start the second half, Baldinger noted the Sooners came out in the second half ready to play. “They had a good team stretch. They were ready to go.”
FX analyst Eric Crouch, a Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback from Nebraska, paid many compliments to OSU quarterback J.W. Walsh in the Cowboys' 31-10 rout of Iowa State, but he avoided sticking his foot into the looming quarterback controversy when freshman Wes Lunt returns to the field.
As Walsh closed in on 400 yards passing, he said, “The way he is getting it done by using his feet, getting out of the pocket and making accurate throws when he needs to, that's the most important part of today.”
But noting that Lunt might return next week against TCU, all Crouch would say was that Mike Gundy and offensive coordinator Todd Monken would “feel comfortable putting Walsh back in.”
* Play-by-play announcer Justin Kutcher noted that OSU was well off its 48 points a game average, and managed only 20 points last week in a victory over Kansas. He said Gundy had told him that his 8-year-old son Gage wasn't impressed with the effort against KU, telling him, “Really, Dad, 20 points. That's it?” Kutcher failed to note that the scoring average was inflated by big wins against patsies Savannah State (84-0) and Lafayette-Louisiana (65-24) early in the season.
* After the game, sideline reporter Darius Walker asked Gundy what his son would think about the 21-point win. Gundy said his son wasn't even at the game, but instead was playing baseball.
* Kutcher noted that former OSU quarterback Brandon Weeden was watching the game and he “liked the orange helmets, but he wasn't a fan of the all-orange uniforms, though.” Crouch agreed with that sentiment.
In one of the most entertaining games of the day – Texas Tech's 56-53 3 OT win over TCU – ABC analyst Kelly Stouffer said Tech benefited from a non-call on its touchdown in the first overtime, a 6-yard pass to Eric Ward. ”That's the definition of offensive pass interference right there,” he said, noting Ward had pushed off.