The video is now infamous.
What starts as a seemingly normal back-and-forth between fan bases at the Sugar Bowl erupted into the viral video of the new year. All it took was about 32 seconds and an Alabama fan, identified by yellowhammernews.com as Michelle Pritchett of Sweet Water, Ala., went from irate to airborne.
“I didn't expect to see an Alabama woman flying through the stands,” said Scott Ward, a 27-year-old Noble resident who was seated a few feet from the fracas. “I've been on the Texas side of OU-Texas before and I've never seen anything get so rowdy.”
Video of Pritchett jumping headfirst into a group of young OU fans to fight made its way around the internet in a hurry Friday. Ward and two of his friends – Tyler Solomon, 26, and Tanner Hayes, 27 – had seats a few rows below the group of OU supporters the Alabama fan stage-dived into recklessly.
It wasn't just a dive. The woman then proceeded to scissor-kick wildly at Michael Connolly, the man SI.com's Extra Mustard blog identified as the target of the fan rage. Pritchett told yellowhammernews.com she was sticking up for her 16-year-old son, who was being taunted by the OU group.
Hayes said he doesn't know exactly what turned the incident from trash talk to throw-down, but it wasn't the only disturbance in Section 614 the night of OU's 45-31 win over the Crimson Tide. Before Pritchett was escorted out of her section, an OU fan was booted from the game by security about 30-40 minutes earlier for throwing beer cans.
There was a state trooper and another uniformed officer around for the beer-can incident, Hayes said. In the video, however, there were only ushers around the moment Pritchett went off.