After Duke's football team snapped a 22-game losing streak (the longest in the country) with a 20-14 win over Northwestern, hundreds of fans stormed Wallace Wade Stadium in Durham, tearing down the goal posts in "a visceral reaction to a moment of pure fanatic jubilation," the Chronicle reports.
By the way, did I mention that the actual game was held at Northwestern in Evanston, Ill., more than 800 miles away?
The state of euphoria came to a screeching halt when one of the relocated goal posts fell and struck a student, who was temporarily knocked unconscious. "I remember thinking to myself when they tried to prop it up, 'This is going to end badly,'" the downed student said. After the goal post fell, the rowdy crowd soon quieted, quickly cleared a circle, and kneeled in silence. "A couple of people called out, 'Take a knee, take a knee.' ...with the exception of a few people making rude comments, the crowd was very respectful."
The school's reaction to the ruckus amounted to little more than a shrug. "I don't anticipate any policy changes as a result," a school administrator told the Chronicle. "I do trust that this will be a rare occurrence, reserved for very special moments: Like when we win the game that will next secure our bowl bid." If that's the case, the student body will likely remain safe for quite some time.