01/09/2013 at 11:00 AM EST
Former Miss Alabama Katherine Webb says ESPN announcer Brent Musberger doesn't owe her an apology after he singled her out on Monday night's BCS Championship football game – where she was watching her boyfriend, star quarterback AJ McCarron, lead Alabama to a runaway victory over Notre Dame.
Webb's profile on Twitter
went white hot on Monday – from 2,000 followers to nearly 200,000 – as Musberger, 73, took to the airways during the game to extol the beauty queen's good looks and her relationship with McCarron.
The couple, who met on Twitter, have been dating for a month.
Quickly, however, viewers and others criticized Musberger's effusive praise as "creepy."
"What a beautiful woman! Wow! Whoa!," ESPN's play-by-play announcer Musburger gushed, prompting the sports network to apologize.
"We always try to capture interesting storylines, and the relationship between an Auburn grad who is Miss Alabama and the current Alabama quarterback
certainly met that test," ESPN vice president of communications Mike Soltys said in a Tweet. "However, we apologize
that the commentary in this instance went too far."
He added, "Brent understands that."
Speaking on NBC's Today Show
Wednesday, Webb, 23, who has been invited by Donald Trump to judge the next Miss USA pageant, called the backlash directed at Musberger unfair.
She said the attention needed to be turned back on "the real winners" – the Alabama football team, which has garnered three national titles in 10 years.
"I think the media has been really unfair to him. I think if he had said something along the line if we were hot or sexy, I think that would be a little bit different," Webb told Today
's Matt Lauer.
"The fact that he said we were beautiful and gorgeous, I don't think any woman wouldn't be flattered by that. I appreciate it, but at the same time I don't think I needed an apology."