NORMAN, Okla. — It’s become a YouTube sensation, a fanatic fan being taken down by an OHP trooper on the field of the OU versus Iowa State game last Saturday.
“I thought when I woke up, I might have some aches, but I’m good,” said Ron Mais.
Mais, 35, is that now famous fan.
“Officer Orr, great tackle. You know, it was really cool. I mean I wouldn’t expect anything less on the OU football field,” said Mais.
It was Mais’ first OU football game.
He’d gone with a neighbor who gave him a ticket.
They were just about six rows up from the field.
“I handed him my wallet and my jacket before I jumped because I didn’t want to lose that information. So I handed it to him. I don’t even think he seen it coming. I just handed him my stuff and I was excuse me, excuse me,” said Mais.
Mais jumped the fence and high tailed it to the middle of the field.
“As I was exiting, I came to a slow and I stopped and I jumped up and down, gave the OU and that was when I got tackled,” said Mais.
Mais was tackled from behind by Lt. Brian Orr, an Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper assigned to protect the team, coaching staff and fans.
Chuck Bailey, Athletic Director at Mustang Public Schools, coached Trooper Orr when he played football at the University of Central Oklahoma back in the early 90’s.
He texted Trooper Orr Monday morning.
“I said, hey, I saw your tackle on TV. And I said you made a good tackle. And he said yes sir, thank you. You taught me well,” said Bailey.
Bailey says he had just one critique of Orr’s tackle.
“As a coaching point, I’d say he shouldn’t have left his feet to make the tackle. He should have run through the tackle,” said Bailey.
“I was just really excited,” said Mais.
Mais says he didn’t plan his jaunt onto the field; his enthusiasm just got the better of him.
“I didn’t want to cause anybody any harm. I didn’t want to scare anyone. I just wanted to show my excitement for football,” he said.
Mais was cited for disorderly conduct.
It’s a misdemeanor that could carry a fine of up to $500.
A YouTube video posted by Matt Skuta, a senior at OU, has gotten a lot of clicks. He was on the sidelines as the whole incident went down in front of 80,000 fans.