“The only way I was going to be on the sideline is if I was hurt,” Alexander said. “This was the last (home) game. You want to make a good name, leave your mark. I felt I had to be out there.”
No player savored the moment quite like tight end Trent Ratterree.
Ratterree grew up dreaming about playing for the Sooners and walked on to OU after a career at Weatherford High School.
“It's crazy because 15 years ago on Thanksgiving Day, that's the day I'd dress up in my football pads and go out and play and now I'm doing this on Thanksgiving (weekend),” Ratterree said. “It's a fun thing.”
Ratterree had one reception — a 10-yard catch early in the second quarter — in his final appearance at Owen Field.
“The feeling I get when all these people are yelling and screaming and asking for your gloves, the love you can feel when you're down there is unlike anything else,” he said. “Now, to know I will never step foot in pads on this field again, it's not a sad thing.
“Things end. It's just how life goes.”