McKade Mettauer details his ejection and OU president Joe Harroz’s fist bump

McKade Mettauer details his ejection and OU president Joe Harroz’s fist bump

The Sooners’ right guard isn’t proud of his ejection against West Virginia. But McKade Mettauer says he gained some assurance from the University of Oklahoma president on his way to the locker room.

Eli Lederman

By Eli Lederman

| Nov 14, 2023, 9:00am CST

Eli Lederman

By Eli Lederman

Nov 14, 2023, 9:00am CST

NORMAN — McKade Mettauer has made exactly 50 starts in his college career. It took until Saturday against West Virginia for Oklahoma’s right guard to draw his first career ejection.

Tossed in the fourth quarter of the Sooners’ 59-20 win, Mettauer apologized to teammates in the locker room postgame. On Monday night, he detailed the ejection and the moments that followed it. 

No, Mettauer isn’t proud of his ejection. But the veteran lineman did acknowledge that he gained some valuable reassurance from OU President Joe Harroz and the fist-bump the pair shared as Mettauer left the field. 

“I was a little stressed out (about the ejection) until I got to that point,” Mettauer said. “All the stress was lifted off my shoulders once that happened.”

The 50th start of Mettauer’s career came to an end with pushing, shoving and a pair of unsportsmanlike conduct penalties that disqualified him for the final 13:46 of the Sooners’ 29-point win.

The sequence that led to Mettauer’s ejection began after Mountaineers safety Anthony Wilson laid a heavy hit on Drake Stoops, then stood over the OU pass catcher on a 9-yard touchdown reception in the early minutes of the fourth quarter Saturday. 

The hit and Wilson’s subsequent taunt sparked an skirmish between the teams in the north end zone at Owen Field and resulted in offsetting penalties.

It was on the next snap, Zach Schmit’s successful extra point attempt, that Mettauer and Wilson got tangled. Their shoving match after the whistle drew more flags and led to Mettauer’s ejection through two unsportsmanlike conduct calls on one play.

Mettauer explained exactly what went down on the play late Monday:

“I let the moment and the passion of the game get into my head and I lost control of myself,” he said.

“I mean, yeah, that was number 12 — the one that smoked Drake on that play. But I need to have better control of myself.  Obviously, I got the first penalty for pushing him and then the second one was just for running my mouth on the way off the field. That’s not who I am.”

It was on Mettauer’s walk to the locker room with team staffer Josh Norman that Harroz entered the picture in a blue blazer and crimson pants and extended his right arm. 

“When that happened, obviously, I did feel like I was a little bit more in the clear,” Mettauer said.

Watching the final quarter from the locker room, Mettauer fretted over a potential suspension for the Sooners’ Week 12 trip to BYU. It wasn’t until Monday night, minutes before speaking to reporters, that Mettauer said he learned that the ejection would not carry any additional penalty.

Mettauer’s disqualification didn’t cost OU against West Virginia. It won’t hold any bearing on the Sooners’ final road trip of the regular season, either. 

Harroz’s cameo brought levity to the moment Saturday night. 

Another piece of humor: the player Mettauer was defending when he got ejected apparently missed the whole thing. 

“Drake didn’t even know I left the field,” Mettauer said. “He walked past me in the locker room. I was like, ‘Hey dude, you’re welcome’. He asked why I was already dressed. ‘Man, I’ve been here for hours.’ ”

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Eli Lederman reports on the University of Oklahoma for Sellout Crowd. He began his professional career covering the University of Missouri with the Columbia Missourian and later worked at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette before two years writing on the Sooners and Cowboys at the Tulsa World. Born and raised in Mamaroneck, New York, Lederman grew up a rabid consumer of the New York sports pages and an avid fan of the New York Mets. He entered sportswriting at 14 years old and later graduated from the University of Missouri. Away from the keyboard, he can usually be found exploring the Oklahoma City food scene or watching/playing fútbol (read: soccer). He can be reached at [email protected].

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