STILLWATER — Daniel Boyington just wanted to experience the thrill of rushing the field following arguably the biggest win in the history of Oklahoma State football.
Now, the lifelong Cowboy fan is preparing to have surgery after breaking his collarbone and tearing ligaments in his shoulder when he fell during the wild celebration following OSU's 44-10 Bedlam victory over Oklahoma at Boone Pickens Stadium.
Boyington, 30, is one of at least 13 people who were injured in the aftermath of OSU's win, which clinched the school's first outright conference title and a trip to the Fiesta Bowl. After the final seconds ticked off the clock in the Cowboys' victory, thousands of fans jumped off the nine-foot wall, poured onto the field and tore down both goal posts.
“I originally thought it was definitely worth the experience,” Boyington, who grew up in Stillwater but now lives in Yukon. “But now, after learning this and how severe my injury is, part of me wishes I would have never gone into the stadium. It may end up costing my daughter a good Christmas.”
Ten people were taken to the hospital after the game and have all since been released, according to OSU spokesman Gary Shutt.
Eight were treated at Stillwater Medical Center for injuries like fractured ankles and sprained heels, said hospital public relations director Shyla Eggers. Two others were taken by helicopter to Oklahoma City hospitals, including a male OSU student and an adult who suffered a medical episode during the second half of the game, Shutt said.
Boyington and his brother went onto the field after the goal post in the west end zone came down. Then, after the second goal post fell to the turf, Boyington was running and attempted to jump over a person who had fallen in front of him when he fell and landed on his right side.
“As soon as I went down, I kind of felt the pain, but I didn't think it was that bad,” Boyington said. “I guess my adrenaline was kicked in so much with the game and stuff. I didn't really feel it all that much until we were walking back to the car after the game.
“The whole ride home I had thought I had either broken or pulled it out of the socket or something.”
Boyington went to the hospital Sunday morning, where doctors told him he had a broken collarbone. But a visit to an orthopedic surgeon on Tuesday revealed he had broken it in the worst spot possible and torn ligaments.
Boyington now faces surgery and six months of physical therapy.
“(The surgeon) said it was the same exact injury (former OU quarterback) Sam Bradford suffered,” Boyington said.
Boyington, like so many other OSU fans, will always remember being inside Boone Pickens Stadium on a special night for Cowboy football.
He now wishes he had stayed in the stands to celebrate, rather than jumping onto the field.
“My wife told me not to do it,” Boyington said. “But as big of a fan as I am, I had to experience it at least once. I've been a fan my whole life, so it was something I had to do, I guess.
“But I definitely wish I had listened to her, that's for sure.”