Big Win And A Big Scare For OSU Fans
It was a bitter sweet night for Oklahoma State University fans last Saturday night. After a crushing defeat of their biggest rivals, Oklahoma University , OSU fans rushed the field to celebrate, and that’s when it went from exciting to scary.
Some students jumped down, others were pushed. The crowd pulled down the goal posts, and in the 45 minutes or more it took police to restore order Saturday night, some fans were trampled as the crowd struggled to reach the exits.
At least 12 people were injured, including one who was airlifted to a hospital, in the chaos on the field after an emotional win in the heart of football country.
“Thousands of people stormed the field. You couldn’t move, there were so many people,” said Michael Authement, who heads the command post at emergency medical provider LifeNet EMS. “It was a nasty deal.”
the crowd was so big it took police at least 45 minutes to clear fans from the field at the university’s Boone Pickens Stadium, which has a capacity of more than 60,000 people, according to the school’s website. And just imagine how crazy it would have been to be an OU fan that day…
Before reports of injuries emerged, Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said he left the field quickly when he saw fans jumping from the wall.
“When they started piling over, I got out of there as fast as I could. … It was scary,” he said.