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Why Oklahoma senior Gabe Ikard is upset with ESPN's Kirk Herbstreit, three years after misplaced blame for a sack

by Jason Kersey Modified: November 12, 2013 at 4:05 pm •  Published: November 12, 2013

NORMAN — Three years later, Gabe Ikard is still upset with Kirk Herbstreit.

Herbstreit was the color commentator for Oklahoma’s 47-41 win over Oklahoma State in Stillwater on Nov. 27, 2010, and blamed Ikard for a third-quarter sack on Landry Jones.

Cowboys linebacker Justin Gent burst through a giant hole in the left side of Oklahoma’s offensive line and sacked Jones for a nine-yard loss.

“I think because they disguised it so well, there’s confusion right here by the left guard, this time Ikard, he comes down, and allows Gent to come free,” Herbstreit said during the broadcast.

Ikard said offensive linemen generally don’t deal with much criticism on social media except when they make a glaring mistake — or a TV announcer incorrectly blames them for something.

“You know, offensive linemen don’t throw interceptions,” Ikard said. “We don’t fumble. We don’t drop passes. They leave us alone pretty well, unless something’s glaring.

“The most frustrating thing social media-wise is when an announcer says something that’s completely wrong, that it wasn’t your fault, it’s the way something was designed or something went wrong from a skill position or a guy went the wrong way, or something like that, and they blame it on you.

“I’m still mad at Kirk Herbstreit. He blamed a sack on me at Oklahoma State, and it was not my fault. It was (left tackle Donald Stephenson’s) fault. It was slide protection.

“I get all these things that say, ‘Dude, I can’t believe you gave up that sack.’ Well, it wasn’t my fault.”


by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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