Tag Archives: Chris Brown

Big 12 Championship 2008: Oklahoma Sooners milkshaked and whipped creamed the Missouri Tigers

USC skewered UCLA 28 to 7 to nab the Pac-10 magic wand.

Florida took a mouthful out of Alabama 24 to 20 for the SEC snazzy sneakers.

<~>

The University of Missouri Tigers and the University of Oklahoma Sooners dropped in on Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri to try for the Pac-10 Championship title. The first quarter spelled a twenty-yard field goal for the Sooners, made by kicker Jimmy Stevens, which was followed by the Sooners Schooner taking to the field (and then cut to a commercial). Tigers kicker Jeff Wolfert tried for a forty-eight yard field goal but he didn’t deliver the goods. Oklahoma 3 and Missouri 0. The Sooners launched their first touchdown in the bottom of the first quarter, courtesy of running back Chris Brown. Oklahoma 10 and Missouri 0.

The second quarter began with Tigers wide receiver Jeremy Maclin making a touchdown. Oklahoma 10 and Missouri 7. The Sooners increased their lead with a TD catch by wide receiver Juaquin Iglesias. He did it again shortly thereafter. Oklahoma 24 and Missouri 7. The Sooners made their fourth TD with a run by running back Mossis Madu in the bottom of the quarter. Despite some mistakes, Sooners quarterback Sam Bradford got his team in the lead with 31 points to Oklahoma’s 7. The Tigers quarterback Chase Daniel threw an interception in the bottom of the quarter. Sooners defensive back Brian Jackson got ahold of the ball. Chris Brown made his way into the end zone a couple of plays later. Oklahoma 38 and Missouri 7.

The third quarter chirped off with a Sooners field goal. Oklahoma 41 and Missouri 7. Just past the halfway point of the third quarter, one of the Sooners defensive players rammed into Tigers Jeremy Maclin. In a slow-motion instant replay, Maclin’s head could be seen bobbling like one of those dashboard accessories. The Tigers pulled themselves up from single digit numbers with a touchdown by wide receiver Tommy Saunders. Oklahoma 41 and Missouri 14.

The fourth quarter started with a TD by Mossis Madu. Oklahoma 48 and Missouri 14. Jeremy Maclin made an end zone catch but when he came down onto the turf, he lost “control” of the ball. He fell backwards onto the ground and likely experienced a grand jolt. The ball got away from his right hand as he hit the turf. It wasn’t ruled a touchdown. His tight end teammate Chase Coffman made a TD catch a few plays later. The Sooners raised their upper rung ever so much farther from the Tigers’ reach as Chris Brown made another TD. Oklahoma 55 and Missouri 21. Sooners defensive back Lendy Holmes picked off a deflected Chase Daniel’s pass towards the bottom of the fourth quarter. Mossis Madu got into the end zone a third time, making the Sooners the first team ever with five straight games with 60+ points. Oklahoma 62 and Missouri 21. Final score.

Observations & Miscellania:

1. Kirk Herbstreit and Brent Musburger were commentators.

2. Jimmy Stevens’s field goal in the first quarter almost wasn’t one. The ball skimmed the top of the crossbar of the uprights.

3. Herbstreit and Musburger noted that Big 12 Championship games have never enjoyed the grandeur of a kickoff-returned touchdown.

4. Chris Brown’s TD in the first quarter resulted from a series of fast footwork, and as if time slowed down just a dollop, Brown sprinted into the end zone when the Tigers’ defense inadvertently parted.

5. Halftime featured another Dr. Pepper scholarship football throwing contest. Kevin McShane and David Boger were the lucky two. Ten balls in a giant Dr. Pepper can. Awww, they both look so polite. ESPN did the split-screen from behind the two fellows. CBS filmed from a slight high-angle, extreme long shot (also behind the coeds). They both got six in so another five were attempted. Kevin McShane got the next five inside. He won $100,000.

6. Whenever Kirk Herbstreit said, “Chase Daniel,” I’d think he said, “Shea Stadium” or “Chase Stadium.” A helmeted Chase Daniel reminds me of a young John Travolta.

7. In a hush-hush kind of voice, Brent Musburger pointed out that singer Toby Keith was at the game supporting the Sooners.

Get game summary, stats, and play-by-play here.

Fiesta Bowl 2008: Mountaineers ascend above the Sooners

Oklahoma University Sooners fixed gazes with West Virginia University Mountaineers in the 2008 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl (game broadcast on Fox), which took place at the University of Phoenix stadium in Glendale, AZ.

West Virginia was first to light up the scoreboard with a field goal just past the halfway point of the first quarter (their first field goal attempt was no good). They closed out the quarter with a field goal too. WVU 6. Oklahoma 0. The second quarter brought points for Oklahoma in the form of a field goal and a fifty-seven yard touchdown by Mountaineers running back Owen Schmitt (incidentally, the longest TD run in WVU bowl history). The Sooners collected another three points towards the bottom of the second quarter. WVU 13. Oklahoma 6. Closer to the bottom of the fourth quarter, WVU wide receiver Darius Reynaud caught a twenty-one yard pass and twirled into the end zone for a touchdown. Going into halftime, Mountaineers 20 and Sooners 6.

Whatever the Sooners heard in the locker room during halftime apparently helped. The third quarter began with impressive energy on their part. Their possession didn’t end in a touchdown, but they at least narrowed the score gap by three more points. Just past the middle of the third quarter, Oklahoma running back Chris Brown made a touchdown. A two-point conversion was tried but the landing didn’t stick. WVU 20. Oklahoma 15. The Mountaineers responded quickly with a TD too (thanks to running back Noel Devine). With less than a minute left in the third quarter, WVU put another TD on the board (courtesy of Darius Reynaud forward-leaping into the end zone).

The fourth quarter started with a Sooners touchdown by wide receiver Quentin Chaney. The two-point conversion wasn’t good. WVU 34 and Oklahoma 21. WVU catapulted themselves to a greater point lead with a seventy-nine yard TD by wide receiver Tito Gonzalez in the top of the fourth quarter. Spectacular (it moved him to teary eyes). The Sooners weren’t going to just slide back and let the Mountaineers keep scoring–wide receiver Juaqin Iglesias shrank their point deficit by a TD with ten more minutes left to play. They went with a one-point conversion, which was good. WVU 41 and Oklahoma 28. But wait, the Mountaineers were very much going to keep scoring–with a sixty-five yard TD run by Noel Devine. Twenty points separated the two teams and would remain so to the end. Final score Mountaineers 48 and Sooners 28. West Virginia University won the 37th Annual Fiesta Bowl. Bill Stewart became the first interim coach this season to win a game (if I recall correctly what one of the commentators said).

Observations & Miscellania:

1. The Oklahoma marching band performed before the game began–good stuff. Great lines.

2. A freshman quarterbacking for Oklahoma? Yes indeed. His name is Sam Bradford.

3. Pre-game footage included a little snippet of WVU fans singing John Denver’s song “Take Me Home Country Roads,” which transitioned into Toby Keith talking about the Sooners and giving a short rendition of the song “Oklahoma!” from the Rogers & Hammerstein musical.

4. The National Anthem was sung by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. A bald eagle flew over the field towards the end.

5. The officiating crew was from the SEC. Good lord. The referee’s (Steve Shaw) going hoarse!

6. Around the four minute mark in the first quarter, during the play where Sooners quarterback Bradford threw an incomplete pass intended for Iglesias, the telecast producers opted to go with the DLP camera’s perspective of Bradford throwing towards the end zone. In the next play, Mountaineers defensive back Quinton Andrews intercepted the ball in the end zone.

7. A few months ago, I posted some thoughts about what constitutes a good game; how suspense is created and maintained. By the middle of the second quarter of this Fiesta Bowl, I was convinced that the combination of touchdowns, interceptions, and pacing is key. Non-sports fans might watch five real time minutes of any kind of sporting event and find themselves bored to tears. It might take ten real time minutes of slow, non-dynamic game-play for sports fans to feel bored. After Owen Schmitt made that TD in the second quarter, the momentum of the game picked up. The second half of the game was infinitely more awesome.

8. Actually, the DLP skycam looks like some apparatus you’d find in a dentist’s office–the x-ray machine!

9. Again, there was no blue line of scrimmage. The 1st and Ten Line was on scene, though.

10. WVU quarterback Patrick White certainly likes to be mobile, he was running all over the field (understandably so…it’ll be the last game he plays until next year).

11. Each school’s marching band performed for the halftime show, of course. Holy Mary in a manger! Wow….the geometry of the performance was so beautiful. Now this is what I call a halftime show. The camera went in for a close-up of a male WVU baton twirler (no leotard!). The camera also went in for a close-up on a tuba to catch a reflection of WVU band members marching along (the tuba functioned like a fish-eye lens). Oklahoma played “Thriller” ! Sugoi!

12. Halftime also included a vignette about the 1951 San Francisco Dons (narrated by Morgan Freeman). University of San Francisco had a great season but were told they would only be able to go to a post-season bowl game if they left their two black players behind. The Dons refused. Burl Toler was a part of that team (he eventually became the first black referee). Pete Rozelle was student publicist for them. Yes, I concede that if this story were made into a film, there would be cheese steaming up and down the hallway. But it’s not a film (yet); I found it quite touching.

13. Owen Schmitt got teary-eyed when he was interviewed after his team clinched the win. It was so precious–overcome with joy and probably relief.

Get game summary, stats, and play by play here.

‘Tis the Season: Titans put a shiner on the Colts

Final Sunday Night Football game of the regular 2007 season, featuring the Indianapolis Colts and the Tennessee Titans. Running back Chris Brown of the Titans made the first touchdown of the game near the middle of the first quarter. The Colts get a field goal in the top of the second quarter. The third quarter allowed the Colts to get into the lead with a touchdown by wide receiver Craphonso Thorpe. At the bottom of the third quarter, the Titans’ field goal tied the game 10-10. The Titans broke the tie with a field goal in the middle of the fourth quarter and increased the lead towards the bottom of the quarter also with a field goal. Final score Titans 16 and Colts 10. Tennessee is going to the Playoffs.

Observations & Miscellania:

1. As the teams ran onto the field and Al Michaels started his opening monologue, the cameras caught several glimpses of the fans in the stands, including many little, skinny boys–all Colts fans.

2. Today’s game marked Peyton Manning’s 160th straight quarterback start.

3. John Madden noted towards the bottom of the first quarter (regarding the drive after the Titans recovered a fumbled Colts ball): “with zone blocking, you gotta get good penetration.” During the following Titans kick-off to the Colts, Madden added “at the line of scrimmage, you wanna get good penetration.” Again, easily misinterpreted.

4. Jim Sorgi took over quarterbacking duties for the Colts in the second half of the game.

5. Colts defensive tackle Darrell Reid plowed into the Titans running back Chris Henry. The collision was replayed half a dozen times (in real time and in slow-motion). John Madden even asked something along the lines of “wanna see that again?” after the commercial break.

Get game summary, stats, and play by play here.

SEC Championship 2007: LSU Tigers wrench the title from the Tennesee Volunteers

The University of Tennessee Volunteers and the Louisiana State University Tigers fought it out at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, GA for the SEC Championship title.

The Volunteers tight end Chris Brown made the first touchdown of the game.  The Tigers put up two field goals by the end of the first quarter.  The second quarter was scoreless.  LSU wide receiver Demetrius Byrd made a TD in the top of the third quarter.  Volunteers wide receiver Josh Briscoe reclaimed the lead, 14 to 13, for his team with a TD in the bottom of the third quarter.

LSU corner back Jonathan Zenon intercepted a Tennessee pass and made a touchdown in just after the top of the fourth quarter.  Ryan Perrilloux, who stepped in as QB for this game because of Matt Flynn’s shoulder injury from a previous game, went into the end zone for a two-point conversion.  LSU 21.  Tennessee 14.

All right. LSU is going to the Sugar Bowl on New Year’s Day. Head Coach Les Miles must be so elated right now.

Observations & Miscellania:  

1.  Verne Lundquist, one of the commentators, said something along lines of “there’s Matt Flynn, the Matt Damon lookalike, on the sidelines” when the camera filmed the LSU quarterback.   Lundquist also pointed out that LSU’s previous appearances at the SEC Championship Game were in odd number years (2005, 2003, 2001).

2.  I believe Lundquist also mentioned in the third quarter that not since 1999 have the Volunteers worn all-orange uniforms.  Either he or Gary Danielson added that they look like moving dreamsicles.  Here are the non-all-orange uniforms.

3. Gary Danielson brought up the Pythagorean Theorem in an attempt to approximate some kind of value regarding the Byrd touchdown.

4. Three no good field goals today, two from Tennessee, one from LSU.

5. Ryan Perriloux sustained an index finger injury in the third quarter (if memory serves correctly).  He’d have to get stitches after the game ends.

Get game stats and play by play here.

Pic creds: google image search