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.
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