Okla. Football Riot Injures 13

Oklahoma State fans tear down goalposts in wild celebration of victory over Oklahoma
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 4, 2011 8:49 AM CST
Okla. Football Riot Injures 13
Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden, center, celebrates with fans following a 44-10 victory over Oklahoma in an NCAA college football game in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011.    (Sue Ogrocki)

(Newser) – Thousands of fans stormed the field and tore down goalposts after Oklahoma State's 44-10 college football victory over archrival Oklahoma, leaving at least 13 people injured, including two in critical condition, medical authorities said early today. Michael Authement, who heads the command post at LifeNet EMS, says that a vast throng took to the field as the game ended, trampling some fans in a wild celebration by Oklahoma State fans. One person fell at least 15 feet onto concrete.

No. 13 Oklahoma State routed the Sooners last night to win the Big 12 championship and make its case to play for the BCS national title. The Cowboys snapped an eight-game losing streak in the rivalry and won their first outright conference title since 1948 in the three-team Missouri Valley. "They won the game and stormed the field and ripped down the goalposts and some were jumping off the stands and hit the field and others got trampled. It was a nasty deal," Authement said. He said it took police at least 45 minutes to clear fans from the field at Boone Pickens Stadium. "Thousands of people stormed the field. You couldn't move there were so many people," he added. (Read more Oklahoma stories.)

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