Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts9. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)
Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts9. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)

Scary scenes as mascot wagon crashes

The famed Oklahoma Sooners' wagon - led by horses Boomer and Sooner - tipped over while racing around the field following a touchdown.

No injuries were reported, and both horses also escaped the scary scene unharmed, which came during the first half of the Sooners' 52-14 win against West Virginia.

Oklahoma University released a statement after the game: "The Sooner Schooner tipped over today. We believe it was the result of weight distribution among riders in the rear of the wagon. Three individuals were evaluated at the stadium and released. All others reported that they were uninjured. Upon initial evaluation, it also appears the ponies are uninjured. Medical staff responded immediately as did the expert horse handlers and veterinarian who staff all games. We are grateful that the injuries were not serious and for the staff members who responded so well."

A former member of the university's spirit squad - known as the Ruf/Neks - told OU Daily it was a "fluke" accident.

"I'm just happy nobody got hurt because I'm telling you that is a hard thing to do," Adam Burnett said. "And it doesn't happen very often. It really is not something that happens often. They work very hard for that not to happen."

"They go through pretty rigorous training," Burnett added. "That being said, driving an old-school hitched wagon isn't the easiest thing in the world. Actually, it's pretty difficult. Those drivers though are highly trained."

 

Touchdown! (Photo by David Stacy/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Touchdown! (Photo by David Stacy/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

 

Flag on the play! (Photo by David Stacy/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Flag on the play! (Photo by David Stacy/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

 

Whoa, Nelly! (Photo by David Stacy/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Whoa, Nelly! (Photo by David Stacy/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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