Red River romance: OU fan proposes to Texas fan after Oklahoma Sooners' rout of Texas

OKLAHOMA 55, TEXAS 17 -- Oklahoma Sooners fan Clayton Kelley proposed to his girlfriend, Texas fan Lydia Crawford, after the game Saturday. The hard part was getting her to stay until the end of Oklahoma's thrashing of the Longhorns.
BY RYAN ABER Staff Writer raber@opubco.com Modified: October 8, 2011 at 4:51 pm •  Published: October 8, 2011
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— Clayton Kelley hoped he could keep his girlfriend in the Cotton Bowl until the end.

Kelley, an OU fan, was sitting with Lydia Crawford, a Texas fan, on the Sooners' side as OU whipped Texas 55-17, and Crawford wanted to leave.

But Kelley kept her around through three defensive touchdowns by the Sooners, three touchdown passes by Landry Jones and OU celebrating by planting a crimson and cream flag in the middle of the Cotton Bowl grass.

Then with a group of around 10 friends gathered around them, Kelley pulled out a ring and proposed to Crawford on the field as the Sooners wrapped up their celebration.

“I was ready to go,” Crawford said moments after Kelley proposed. “It's the best day ever.”

Kelley and Crawford have been together for about nine months, meeting not long after he moved from Tulsa to Austin on the weekend of last year's OU-Texas game.

“Not in a million years,” Kelley said of thinking he'd fall in love with a Texas fan. “They were the mortal enemy and really they still are. But you've got to love your enemy, right?”

Kelley grew up in Tulsa, and his family has long held OU football season tickets. Since 2000, he's been to every OU-Texas game. Crawford grew up in Austin and has also been a regular at the Red River game.

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