NORMAN — Oklahoma's defense was dominant, but they might have tight end Trent Ratterree to thank for preserving the shutout in the Sooners 27-0 win over Oklahoma State on Saturday.
With just over a minute to play, the Sooners were driving deep in Oklahoma State territory before freshman running back Jermie Calhoun made a mess of garbage time.
Calhoun had the ball stripped, and his fumble was recovered by Oklahoma State's Justin Gent, who had no one between him and the south end zone.
But before Gent could barrel into the end zone, Ratterree chased down the junior linebacker, ripping the ball out for a strip of his own.
"I'm sitting here thinking, 'Gollee, when it rains it pours on us,'" said Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy.
The ball bounced hard on the grass and into an Oklahoma State player's hands, but he dropped it in front of Ratterree, who laid on the ground behind the play after making the tackle.
Ratterree snatched the ball for the recovery, giving the Sooners the ball and the shutout.
"He was the first one to get a game ball on behalf of the defense," said Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops. "It was a great play,"