Row­land has ‘seen a lot in the last 100 games’

The Oklahoman (Sunday) - - SOONER POSTGAME - BY RYAN ABER Staff Writer raber@ok­la­

LUB­BOCK, Texas — Satur­day night at Texas Tech, Toby Row­land called his 101st Ok­la­homa game as the play-by-play voice of the Soon­ers. Be­fore the game, Row­land spoke to The Ok­la­homan about his first 100 games, the wild 2016 game in Lub­bock and what he’s learned. Q: What’s it like look­ing back at call­ing 100 games of Ok­la­homa foot­ball?

A: In some ways it went re­ally fast and in some ways I can’t re­ally re­mem­ber life be­fore this. I re­mem­ber vividly get­ting ready for that first game against Tulsa in 2011. It re­ally does seem like it wasn’t very long ago now. We’ve seen a lot in the last 100 games. We’ve got to see some great games, some un­be­liev­able fin­ishes, some shock­ing up­sets, some record-set­ting per­for­mances. It’s just been a thrill ride. When I got the job I knew it would be the op­por­tu­nity of a life­time and it re­ally has been but I think it has some­how ex­ceeded my ex­pec­ta­tions. What’s it like be­ing back here af­ter what hap­pened two years ago?

That was one of the most en­joy­able games I’ve ever called. For a play-by-play guy, some­thing ex­cit­ing is hap­pen­ing ev­ery 20 sec­onds it seems like. I just re­mem­ber how ashen white Teddy Lehman’s face was and that’s the mo­ment I knew peo­ple at home aren’t en­joy­ing this as much as

I’m en­joy­ing this right now. It’s fun. You know there’s go­ing to be a lot of of­fense, or cer­tainly you ex­pect a lot of of­fense in this game. That night was prob­a­bly un­like any­thing we’ll ever see again. As time goes on, we look at who was in that game and what they’re prob­a­bly go­ing to do in the NFL, it’ll prob­a­bly grow through the years, the leg­end of that night. That was some­thing else. I’m psy­cho­log­i­cally con­fused as to how I’m sup­posed to feel about that game. I loved it, I thought it was great, but I’ve heard so many peo­ple tell me it was the worst game they’ve ever ex­pe­ri­enced that I don’t know how I’m sup­posed to feel about it. What’s the big­gest thing you’ve learned through 100 games?

Just like any­thing, the more rep­e­ti­tion you get, the more you just slow down and let it hap­pen. You don’t get out over your skis, let the play hap­pen be­fore you call it. I’ve got­ten older and ma­tured and calmed down a lit­tle bit. Peo­ple who lis­ten to me may dis­agree with that be­cause I’m still pretty ex­citable. My ease go­ing into a broad­cast is sig­nif­i­cantly greater than it was eight years ago. I’m not like a ner­vous wreck when I’m get­ting ready to call a game. I sleep a lot bet­ter on Fri­day nights than I used to. It wasn’t ner­vous, I was just geared up. It’s a big deal to call an OU foot­ball game. You’re ex­cited. You pre­pare for it all week. Ev­ery­thing you do all week is lead­ing up to Satur­day.


Ok­la­homa ra­dio play-by-play voice Toby Row­land, right, called his 101st Soon­ers foot­ball game Satur­day at Texas Tech.

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