It's an operational hazard for the Sooners. If you're good, you're a target – and a reason to celebrate.
“All of Baylor, and I'm pretty sure all of Waco, was crazy that night,” Stranahan said. “As my friends and I were walking, cars would honk and people would cheer when they saw anybody wearing green and gold. Everybody was united.
“Personally, I still can't get over that game. I get excited just thinking about it.”
Naturally, the moment has the opposite effect on the losing team.
“There's lot of things going through your head,” OU center Ben Habern said. “You're frustrated you lost. You kind of just want to get off the field, honestly.”
But that can be tough to do. At Baylor, it's an awkward path as it is to get to the visitors' locker room. Then add in a few thousand revelers, blocking the way to the descending staircase at midfield.
“I wouldn't have had a problem going over and shaking Baylor's hands or anything, but, with all the fans rushing, you get in a pile and you don't know what's going to happen,” Habern said. “It's one of those times when you just want to get off the field.”
Not that they need added motivation in Bedlam, but avoiding a similar scene in Stillwater would be a proper goal Saturday for OU.
“It was my first time being bum-rushed by fans,” Hurst said of Waco. “It's not real fun.”