OSU fans injured after jumping from stands to rush field

Oklahoma State University campus police said many people were injured when they jumped from stadium stands to rush the field Saturday night after the Cowboys defeated the University of Oklahoma 44-10.
BY TIFFANY GIBSON tgibson@opubco.com Modified: December 4, 2011 at 11:02 pm •  Published: December 4, 2011


photo - Medical workers assist injured fans after the Bedlam college football game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) and the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla., Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011. OSU fans stormed the field and tore down the goal posts after their teams' 44-10 win over the Sooners. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
Medical workers assist injured fans after the Bedlam college football game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) and the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla., Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011. OSU fans stormed the field and tore down the goal posts after their teams' 44-10 win over the Sooners. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

STILLWATER — Oklahoma State University fans were so excited about the Cowboys' Bedlam win over the University of Oklahoma on Saturday night that some jumped several feet from the stands to rush the field and were injured.

At least 13 people were injured, but officials said more people could have been hurt but refused treatment.

Gary Shutt, spokesman for OSU, said Sunday that 10 people had to be taken to a hospital for injuries after rushing onto the field. “It was an exciting time for our fans,” he said.

Two people were taken by helicopter to Oklahoma City hospitals after suffering injuries, and both are in stable condition. One was a student injured during the postgame celebration, and the other was an adult who had a medical episode early in the second half, Shutt said.

OSU President Burns Hargis said the university's policy is that no one is allowed on the field at any time, and officials made an announcement toward the end of the game to remind fans of that policy.

“Despite the efforts of the security team, fans rushed onto the field causing several injuries. We regret those injuries to a few fans on the field,” Hargis said. “While the majority of injuries were not serious, we are concerned about everyone, especially the student and fan who were transported to an Oklahoma City hospital for additional observation and treatment.”

“Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone,” he said.

Hargis went on to say that the university was grateful for medical personnel at the stadium. “They provided swift medical attention to those in need,” he said.

Michael Authement, director of operations for LifeNet EMS, said it took officials about 45 minutes to clear the field. He said most people injured in the celebration were tended to immediately and removed.

“My main concern was keeping everyone safe and getting the wounded out,” he said. “I had no idea that it would get that busy.”

Authement said nine ambulances and four helicopters were at the scene. He said paramedics used two helicopters to fly the two critical, unresponsive patients to Oklahoma City hospitals.

There also were reports of other people being jumped on and trampled on the field, he said.

“There was a ton of people down there. You couldn't really tell what happened to them,” Authement said.

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