As described by the national press; thousands of Oklahoma State fans stormed the field and tore down goalposts after Oklahoma State’s 44-10 victory over archrival Oklahoma, leaving at least 13 people injured, including two in critical condition.
Michael Authement, who heads the command post at emergency medical provider LifeNet EMS, told The Associated Press early Sunday that a throng so big took to the field as the game ended that some fans were trampled and one person fell at least 15 feet onto concrete during a wild celebration by Oklahoma State fans.
No. 3 Oklahoma State routed No. 10 ranked Oklahoma Sooners on Saturday night to win the Big 12 championship and make its case to play for the BCS national title. The Cowboys (11-1, 8-1 Big 12) snapped an eight-game losing streak in the rivalry and won their first outright conference title since 1948 (at the time in a three-team Missouri Valley).
“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. It was a nasty deal,” Authement said.
Authement said nine ambulances, including six from LifeNet, rushed 11 of the injured away and the two in critical condition were flown to Oklahoma City hospitals. He said he knew of leg fractures but didn’t have any details on the extent of the injuries, though two of the 13 had minor injuries and were treated at the scene and released.
Lesser injuries included broken ankles, ankle sprains and back sprains, said Shyla Eggers, public relations director for Stillwater Medical Center, adding eight injured came to her hospital. She told AP that her hospital received six of the injured in ambulances, two in private vehicles and at least two of the patients have been admitted and would undergo surgery on broken ankles.
“Our staff that was on hand took care of it. They were just very busy,” Eggers said. “Game day is always busy.”
She had no immediate details on the more serious injuries, saying two people were flown from the scene to hospitals in other cities in Oklahoma.