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Jenni Carlson: Think about the consequences of storming the field

JENNI CARLSON COMMENTARY — Sometimes, the thrill of jumping a wall and celebrating on a field can make people overlook the peril involved.
by Jenni Carlson Published: December 2, 2011

STILLWATER — Brian Gittings made the leap.

He was an Oklahoma State student the last time Cowboy fans stormed the field, and doing so in Stillwater requires quite a commitment. To storm the field, you have to get on the field, and to get on the field at Boone Pickens Stadium, you have to jump the wall.

“You kind of have to make a little leap,” Gittings said.

A little leap?

Try a nine-foot jump. That's how high the wall surrounding the field is. That's like jumping into the deep end of a swimming pool — that has no water.

Thinking about storming the field if the Cowboys win Bedlam?

Be careful.

Look around the college football world, and there are tons of stories of storming gone bad. Broken bones. Concussions. Even death.

I'm pretty sure no amount of warning will keep most fans who are determined to storm the field from doing so. Heck, when Gittings stormed the field after the Cowboys beat the Sooners 38-28, he had a scar on his leg from storming the field earlier that season when OSU beat Nebraska. That didn't hold him back.

He remembers lowering himself over the wall, hanging onto the top, then letting go and dropping to the ground.

“You've got to make sure you've got your roll technique down just in case,” Gittings said.

Andrew Marsh maneuvered the wall that day, too. Sitting on the front row of the OSU student section, he was one of the first to go over. He doesn't remember exactly how he got over, but he does recall thinking about what might happen if he didn't.

by Jenni Carlson
Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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