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Unnecessary roughness can occur after the football game too, and some suffer dearly the penalty for the fouls of others.
That’s what happened in Oklahoma’s Boone Pickens Stadium Saturday, when thousands of fans swarmed onto the field after Oklahoma State beat big rival Oklahoma 44-10. As many as 13 people were trampled or otherwise injured during the wild celebration—one even falling 15 feet onto a concrete part of the stadium, according to the Associated Press.
Two of those injured after the game remain in critical condition.
“They won the game and stormed the field and ripped down the goalposts, and some were jumping off the stands and hit the field and others got trampled,” LifeNet EMS command post head Michael Authement told AP. “It was a nasty deal.”
The 60,000-capacity stadium was packed for the Big 12 championship game, and it took police 45 minutes to clear the field. As scores of celebrating fans ripped down goalposts at the ends of the field, legs were fractured, backs were sprained and ankles broken, according to a spokesperson for Stillwater Medical Center, where some of the injured were taken.