A week after ABC analyst Ed Cunningham advised OU coaches to junk the Belldozer formation, FSN commentator J.C. Pearson complimented Blake Bell's running ability on his 55-yard touchdown run that provided the Sooners with needed cushion in their 42-34 victory over Baylor.
“How about the speed of the big man?” said Pearson, a former NFL defensive back who played with Bell's uncle, Mike Bell, for the Kansas City Chiefs. “He showed patience also to set up the backside blocking … then he outruns the entire Baylor defense.”
FSN then showed Bell bumping into OU coach Bob Stoops during the celebration and sideline reporter Laura McKeeman, the reigning Miss Florida, overstated it saying, “He gave him a little hardcore stuff.”
FSN made OU quarterback Landry Jones its player of the game, sponsored by a national hamburger chain. “I think he should take the entire offensive line out to buy them a Whataburger, or four,” play-by-play announcer Steve Physioc said. “Baylor has got to him only one time.”
Both announcers gave rare praise to a fullback, Aaron Ripkowski, for his “clear out” blocks on Bell's run and a 17-yard TD run by Damien Williams. “Is that a perfect name for a football player?” Physioc asked.
They also gave the OU defense kudos for holding the Bears to 172 yards passing, their first game under 300 yards this season. “In the pass-happy Big 12,” Physioc said, “that's like ‘Are you kidding me?'” Pearson added, “They have done a good job this year of not giving up the big play.”
At the same time in Stillwater, underrated ABC announcers Dave LaMont and Kelly Stouffer were on top of their game in calling the Cowboys' 55-34 victory over West Virginia.
However, the telecast was hurt by not having a sideline reporter. Former Cowboys stars Brandon Weeden, Justin Blackmon and Josh Cooper were shown on the sidelines, and it would have been nice to get a few comments from them on their rookie seasons in the NFL.
Stouffer, a former Seattle Seahawks quarterback, marveled at OSU third-string quarterback Clint Chelf's precise passing. “You see how Chelf gets the ball out on time,” he said. “When an outlet receiver is sitting there, he doesn't make him wait.”