Remote patrol: Oklahoma State earns respect from Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit

Chris Fowler, who made his debut after replacing Brent Musburger as play-by-play announcer, said, “Give the credit to Oklahoma State. The roster of young, fresh faces has shown grit and fight tonight.”
by Mel Bracht Published: August 31, 2014
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photo - Oklahoma State's Jimmy Bean (92) forces Florida State's Karlos Williams (9) out of bounds during the college football game between Oklahoma State University (OSU) and Florida State University (FSU) at the AdvoCare Cowboys Classic at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma State's Jimmy Bean (92) forces Florida State's Karlos Williams (9) out of bounds during the college football game between Oklahoma State University (OSU) and Florida State University (FSU) at the AdvoCare Cowboys Classic at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman

OU broadcast

Early in the game, OU sent out a Tweet noting that refunds would be given for viewers who had trouble watching the webcast on SoonerSports.TV.

Fox Sports Oklahoma spokesman Ramon Alvarez said it “affected only a small number of users” and the pay-pay-per view broadcast was not affected.

OU’s broadcast team of Ron Thulin, Dave Lapham and Chad McKee turned in a solid broadcast. Lapham, a former Cincinnati Bengals lineman, produced his usual colorful description in the Sooners’ easy win.

On Keith Ford’s 22-yard touchdown run for the first score: “He’s a violent, downhill runner. He runs in an angry state of mind. He reminds me of Corey Dillon.”

On Jordan Evans’ early ejection for targeting, Lapham agreed with the call: “He left his feet and with both feet airborne, went helmet to helmet. It’s definitely targeting.”

On the Sooners blocking a 51-yard field goal attempt: “That’s what happens on long field goals. A lot of times you lose trajectory. You don’t hit the wedge. You hit the 7-iron.”

After Alex Ross’ second touchdown run: “They’ve had two touchdowns runs where nobody has laid a finger on them, obliteration! The offensive line is dominating.”

During breaks, McKee was busy interviewing numerous OU coaches, including women’s basketball coach Sherri Coale, and athletic director Joe Castiglione.

Thulin expected OU fans would be wondering why starting quarterback Trevor Knight was in late in the game and noted that the Sooners had injury issues at quarterback.

by Mel Bracht
Copy Editor, Sports Media
Mel Bracht is a copy editor on the presentation desk and also covers sports media. A 1978 graduate of Indiana University, Bracht has been a print journalist for 34 years. He started his career as sports editor of the Rensselaer (Ind.) Republican...
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