Catching the ball with one hand seems to be out the window these days as more and more players seem to be living out their Odell Beckham, Jr. fantasies.
Oklahoma cornerback D.J. Graham made an incredible interception on Saturday to thwart a Nebraska drive deep in Sooners territory.
On a 4th and 18 from the Oklahoma 24 with less than nine minutes remaining in the fourth quarter and the Sooners up by two touchdowns, Nebraska quarterback Adrian Martinez was flushed from the pocket and rolled to his right.
Martinez tried to fit the ball between two defenders and missed the intended receiver Levi Falck. Graham jumped in front of Falck and snagged the ball with one hand, turning the ball back over to the Sooners, setting off a wild celebration.
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"It just happened," Graham said. "I can't really explain it. I just tried to catch it... I was like, 'OK, I still got it. I still got the receiver hands.'"
Graham's interception proved to be the highlight of the third-ranked Sooners' 23-16 win over Nebraska, but Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley wanted it to be scratched from the record. Since the interception came on fourth down, the Sooners would've gotten the ball at its 24-yard line rather than its 3-yard line if Graham would've batted it down.
"I think I might have been the first coach in the history of college football to challenge a play that we got an interception on," Riley said. "I literally walked over to the official and I might have challenged it, but he said they had 100% confirmed it up there. Yeah, I was hoping it would have gone down. But what a play. Just a phenomenal play."
The thought of batting the ball down also came across Graham's mind as he soared through the air to contest the pass, but he couldn't quite help himself.
"With the ball that high, I’m not thinking about batting it down," Graham said. "Maybe if it was a little bit lower, I might have batted it down. With a jump ball like that, I think my instincts took over. I was just deciding if I should go up with two hands or one hand."
It's spectacular catches like Saturday's interception that have become the norm for Graham.
The sophomore cornerback is known for making epic snags on a routine basis in practice.
"It's for sure the craziest play I've ever seen eye-to-eye," redshirt junior outside linebacker Nik Bonitto said. "That was a huge play by a guy who does those kinds of plays routinely in practice. I can't tell you how many times we've seen D.J. catch a one-handed ball like that in practice, so it was just something that was nothing new to us."
Graham continues to improve at cornerback for the Sooners, but he hasn't ruled out having a conversation with Oklahoma passing game coordinator Dennis Simmons about getting involved in the offense.
"I might have to," Graham said with a laugh. "Maybe. Throw me in a package or two."
Contributing: Justin Martinez, The Oklahoman
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Oklahoma's D.J. Graham makes one-handed interception vs. Nebraska