MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- MTSU’s football team will take the field against Navy for the 2013 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl in Fort Worth, Texas, on Monday morning.
Millions of viewers will watch the game on ESPN, as the one of the few female play-by-play broadcasters of men's sports, Beth Mowins, brings it into the living rooms around the nation. In the 20 years she has called sporting events for the network, she has become of one the best, regardless of the event which she is covering.
Monday’s game will kick off at 10:45 a.m. on ESPN from Amon G. Carter Stadium on the campus of TCU in Fort Worth, TX.
“I have been calling football games for awhile now, and I have been calling men's basketball games for a long time,” Mowins said. “Being one of a few women on play-by-play has been a terrific experience for me. It is what I have always wanted to do since I was a little girl growing up in the Syracuse (New York). Most often coaches and players have seen me around so it is no big deal to have a woman calling the game and that is way I like it.”
Mowins joined ESPN back in 1994, and she has called some the biggest college events in the nation. Currently, she is the play-by-play voice for the NCAA softball and volleyball national championships. Mowins also has called the Women's College Cup, and she helps out with the network's coverage of the NCAA Women's Basketball tournament.
On the men's side, she has been calling college football and basketball games for the past few seasons. She also has broadcast world-class events like soccer's Women's World Cup and other sports. She is earned her Masters degree in communications at Syracuse and was a 1,000-point scorer at Lafayette College.
Last week has been a very busy one for Mowins as she covered the 2013 NCAA Women's Volleyball Final Four in Seattle, and then a couple of days later flew all the way to St. Petersburg, Fla., to call the Beef O’Bradys Bowl, which saw East Carolina knock off Ohio. However, it is something she prepares for throughout the year.
“Of course, bowl season also happens to sit at the end of the college volleyball season and the middle of the college basketball season,” Mowins said. “That requires early preparation and a lot of work in early December to get ready for seven games in a two-week stretch heading into the new year. I make extensive game boards for each team with stats and stories that I can refer to when needed.”
As for Monday’s game between the Blue Raiders and the Midshipmen, Mowins sees it as a evenly-matched game between two teams with great running games.
“I have learned that the Blue Raiders have overcome a lot of adversity to get here,” Mowins said. The running back rotation gives them depth at the position, so we are interested to see how the running game goes.
“The defensive struggle with Navy will be to stop the triple option and force turnovers. Having extra time to prepare for Navy's run game certainly will help. And then you have a Blue Raider defense that is among the best at taking the ball away and a Navy offense that rarely coughs it up.”