NORMAN, Okla. - Thousands watched from their seats in shock Saturday during the Oklahoma Sooners matchup with the Iowa State Cyclones as a man found his way onto the field only to get tackled by a linebacker-sized Oklahoma State trooper seconds later.
Monday, Oklahoma Highway Patrol Monday identified the man as Ronald Butch Mais.
Cheers and boos rained down from the 82,000-seat stadium in Norman as an elated Mais was taken to the ground by the trooper just a few yards from the endzone.
Cellphone video of the tackle, which wasn't caught by TV cameras, quickly circulated throughout social media.
Mobile users can see the clip here --> http://bit.ly/1b4J0jJ
Slow motion video gives an up-close look at what was likely the most punishing hit on the field Saturday.
Mobile users can see the clip here --> http://bit.ly/18KQClD
After the game, OU coach Bob Stoops joked about the incident, telling reporters he was "surprised [the trooper] didn't get flagged for targeting."
An OHP release Monday afternoon had a slightly less comical tone about Mais' detainment.
"Trooper [Brian] Orr is among several officers responsible for the protection of the University's football team, coaching staff and fans who were attending the game. He perceived a legitimate threat and quickly acted upon that threat by subduing the suspect and taking him into custody," OHP Capt. George Brown was quoted. "With the steady increase in security measures, especially during outdoor sporting events, Trooper Orr's actions were necessary and appropriate given the unknown circumstance this suspect presented at the time."
Following the on-field scuffle, Mais was turned over to OU campus police where he was given a citation for disturbing the peace and released.