After Gus Johnson received some backlash during the Colorado vs. TCU game, longtime analyst Kirk Herbstreit jumped to Johnson’s defense.

Johnson received criticism after the game because fans believed he was rooting for Colorado to win rather than remaining unbiased. Herbstreit shut down this notion, saying that Johnson was fired up about the excitement of the game rather than how well a certain team was doing.

“If you have a game going back and forth like they had in that particular game, it’s easy to get caught up in the emotion of the game,” Herbstreit said in an interview with Barrett Sports Media. “It was like two or three plays, touchdown! Two or three plays, touchdown! How do you not get into that?”

The game was certainly exciting, as it was a high-offense shootout that ended with a 45-42 Colorado win.

Herbstreit believes that, if anything, Johnson was just displaying his love for the game.

“It’s very easy to get caught up,” Herbstreit said. “That’s why we all love college football, the emotion of it and the pageantry.”