In the first half of Saturday night's Oklahoma-Notre Dame game, ABC's broadcast team of Brent Musburger and Kirk Herbstreit was dumbfounded by a late call that nullified an OU touchdown. The second half of the telecast turned into a Notre Dame lovefest as the pair piled superlatives on the Fighting Irish during their 30-13 victory.
Musburger was caught off guard by a late holding call on Blake Bell's apparent touchdown run.
“That will move the extra point back,” he said before finally realizing the touchdown had been called back.
“That penalty came almost after the celebration,” said Herbstreit, who after watching it on replay said it was a good call.
Musburger spent a lot of time lobbying for Irish linebacker Manti Te'o in his rare campaign as a defensive player bidding for the Heisman Trophy. After Te'o dived and picked off a Landry Jones pass in the fourth quarter, he said, “This could be a Heisman moment for the young man. This is an incredible dive.”
Herbstreit called the victory a huge win for coach Brian Kelly and the Irish program. “This is a big step in their journey, to be considered in the top two or three teams in the country,” he said
Herbstreit noted the Irish were confident going into the game despite the program's recent poor record against top 10 teams. “When you beat a team like Oklahoma on the road, the confidence goes to a whole different level,” he said.
Herbstreit had high praise for redshirt freshman quarterback Everett Golson. “You can see him settling down. When he settles down, he can throw the football. He's managing the game, making good decisions,” he said.
With the Sooners trailing 13-6, Musburger noted the added pressure on OU senior quarterback Landry Jones. “The heat's on Landry Jones. Is he going to cross that bridge or is he going to fade away?” Musburger asked.
And then he later added, “I can't believe it's this quiet in Norman, Oklahoma. The Irish are making believers of them.”