As if Kansas didn't have enough going against it in facing a high-powered Oklahoma State offense, Fox Sports 1 analyst James Bates said it also had an edge with country star Trace Adkins singing the national anthem.
“Anytime you get the guy that sings Honky Tonk Badonkadonk in there, you know your guys are going to get revved up,” Bates said in the pregame. “So watch out KU.”
Bates was prophetic as Justin Gilbert took the opening kickoff 100 yards to pretty much end the mismatch even before the Cowboys' offense took the field.
Play-by-play announcer Justin Kutcher wondered if KU had made a poor choice after winning the coin flip. “You wonder if Kansas regrets deciding to defer to the second half.”
Kutcher worked in a three-man booth with two former linebackers – Bates, a former Florida captain, and Brady Poppinga, a former BYU and NFL standout. This was their second OSU telecast, but Poppinga was used as a sideline reporter in the season opener against Texas-San Antonio.
Kutcher can blame the referees for his one major slip-up. He called OSU running back Desmond Roland down on a short run, but when Roland kept going on the play and crossed the goal line, officials signaled a touchdown. Replays clearly showed Roland's elbow and knee were down, irritating Fox rules expert Mike Pereira.
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