He's been criticized for the call in the past, but that didn't keep Fox play-by-play announcer Gus Johnson from reusing one of his trademark phrases on OSU quarterback Clint Chelf's 67-yard touchdown run in the third quarter Saturday night.
“Watch out! Clint Chelf. He's got getaway from the cops speed. Touchdown!”
Chelf is deceptively fast, but it undoubtedly was the first time someone said he had the speed to run from the police.
Johnson and analyst Charles Davis broadcast another marvelous game in handling their second OSU telecast this season. They also will be in Waco, Texas, on Thursday night to call the OU-Baylor showdown on Fox Sports 1.
After an 8-yard touchdown run by Chelf later in the quarter, Davis said it was time to “change the book on him, that he's not a runner.” He noted that OSU coach Mike Gundy had said in a press conference last week that Chelf was “very underrated” as a runner.
“Guess what, folks? Clint Chelf is a dual-threat quarterback,” Davis said.
Noting that there had been some rumblings before the game that OSU might go back to J.W. Walsh at quarterback, he said, “That has not come close to materializing tonight.”
The lopsided victory kept one of OSU's preseason goals still in sight. “Guess what, they're still on track for a Big 12 championship,” Davis said.
* Fox used rules expert Mike Pereira to comment on two calls. On a targeting penalty on OSU free safety Lyndell Johnson on tight end Jace Amaro that also resulted in an unsportsmanlike conduct call on Gundy, Pereira said the replay officials were correct in leaving Johnson in the game. “It doesn't fall into the category that he was actually targeting the guy,” Pereira said. “The unfortunate fact is that the 15-yard penalty still stands.” He and Davis noted that part of the rule might be addressed in the offseason.
* On ESPN's “College GameDay” from Tallahassee, Fla., analyst Kirk Herbstreit picked Texas Tech to win the game. Guest picker Jake Owen, a country singer, and Lee Corso took OSU. All three took Baylor over OU on Thursday night.
* Johnson on Ben Grogan's field goal attempt that banked off the left goal post and over the crossbar. “Ben Grogan will take it… Sometimes folks it's better to be a little bit lucky.”
* After OSU stopped Texas Tech on a run on a fourth-and-goal from the 1 late in the game, Davis questioned the play call, noting it wasn't the Red Raiders' personality to knock people off the ball.
* Davis praised the improved play of the OSU secondary. “They wear T-shirts that say ‘No fly zone. What flies dies.' They like to make plays on the football. They have become better at that over time. This is their best performance in the last few games.”
Shortly after that analysis, linebacker Shaun Lewis intercepted a Davis Webb pass. Said Johnson, “If it flies, it dies. And it died right there.”
* Middle linebacker Caleb Lavey also had an interception. Davis said, “We called him underrated in the first half. He showed us why.”
* Davis on Webb, the skinny Texas Tech quarterback: “He's going to need a little more weight. Right now he could shower in a gun barrel.”