Nightly News | December 04, 2011
>>> tonight a dozen people are recovering from injuries after they ended up in a stampede when thousands of football fans stormed on to the field at oklahoma state university celebrating a big victory over an arch rival. nbc's george lewis has more.
>> reporter: this was the scene as the game ended, the osu cowboys beating the oklahoma sooners 44-10 and winning the big 12 conference championship .
>> the students are storming the field.
>> reporter: fans stampeding on to the grass by the thousands to salute the heroes of the game and tear down the goal posts .
>> i've never been more packed into one area and getting pushed and shoved and just all over the place. people were so excited. and just -- the atmosphere was ridiculous. it was awesome.
>> reporter: but not so awesome was the fact that some people got trampled and others were seriously injured when they tumbled out of the stands.
>> only saw part of it. when they started piling over, i got out of there as fast as i could. i'm looking forward to seeing it on the newscast.
>> down go the goal posts .
>> reporter: some of the fans probably wish they too had gotten out of there. the list of injured included a dozen people, some with fractures. one person fell at least 15 feet on to concrete. the most seriously injured were airlifted to an oklahoma city hospital while others were hauled away by nine ambulances.
>> i was scared this guy had just died and i had a lot of things going through my head. i was just terrified and kind of wanted to cry in the middle of all of the excitement.
>> reporter: a big celebration for the oklahoma state cowboys ranked third in the nation, marred by a mob scene that went completely out of control. george lewis , nbc news, los angeles .