David King on post-Bedlam brushes with fans: ‘I wanted to crack them with my helmet’
NORMAN — Oklahoma senior defensive lineman David King hated losing last year’s Bedlam game.
He hated the way his Sooners lost, in a 44-10 rout. He hated that it gave Oklahoma State the Big 12 championship and a Fiesta Bowl berth, and that it snapped OU’s eight-year Bedlam win streak.
And he really hated having to navigate his way off the field.
The Sooners watched two different groups of fans storm their respective home fields last season — OSU and Baylor, which beat the Sooners in Waco, Texas, 45-38 two weeks before Bedlam.
“Just makes it worse that their fans are storming the field,” King said. “Running into you; bumping into you. Saying bad things.
“It’s part of the game. On the outside looking in, if I was watching the Baylor game last year and I wasn’t a member at OU … ‘It’s pretty cool the fans are rushing the field.’
“But when you’re actually playing in the game and you put all your heart and soul into trying to win the game and you lose, and the fans rush it, it’s kinda hard to hold back from just knocking a guy down. But you’ve gotta refrain from it and just know that’s part of college football.”
OSU fans tore down both goalposts at Boone Pickens Stadium following the Bedlam win.
“I saw it happening, but I was just walking off,” King said of the OSU fans tearing down the goalposts.
“It took me, I don’t know, five minutes to shuffle through the crowd. Walking with your head down. Two fans came up to me and said some of the most disrespectful things I’ve ever heard.”
Did King respond to them?
“I wanted to crack them with my helmet,” he said. “But I just walked around them. Because at the end of the day, they won the game.”
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