Red River romance: OU fan proposes to Texas fan after Oklahoma Sooners' rout of Texas

OKLAHOMA 55, TEXAS 17 -- Oklahoma Sooners fan Clayton Kelley proposed to his girlfriend, Texas fan Lydia Crawford, after the game Saturday. The hard part was getting her to stay until the end of Oklahoma's thrashing of the Longhorns.
BY RYAN ABER Staff Writer Modified: October 8, 2011 at 4:51 pm •  Published: October 8, 2011

This summer, he started jokingly telling friends that he was going to propose during the game. In late August, he decided to go through with it.

He bought the ring in mid-September and kept it close, mainly in his briefcase, before finally moving it just days ago to an office closet in the house they share.

“I had this huge fear that she was going to go looking for something and find it,” Kelley said.

Saturday, the ring stayed in a backpack they brought to the game.

“It was stressful as all get out,” Kelley said. “I just had to make sure I had it with me.”

While everybody in their group knew what was coming afterward, they kept the secret.

“I had no idea,” Crawford said. “I was just thinking, ‘What is he doing?'”

The day went as well as it could've for Kelley, but he insisted it would've been just as great had the result of the game been flipped.

“I would've been just as excited,” Kelley said. “The only thing that would've changed is we would've had to have done it on the other side of the field since the Texas fans would've still been celebrating.”

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