Texas Tech Fined $50K for Field Storming Following Win Over Texas

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Texas Tech was fined $50,000 and reprimanded by the Big 12 Conference after football fans stormed the field following an overtime win over rival Texas. 

According to ESPN, Texas Tech's athletic department is now looking for a fans who may have shoved a Texas player during the celebration. 

"Texas Tech does not condone any physical altercations between spectators and student-athletes. This behavior has no place at Texas Tech athletic events," the school said in a statement.

A video posted online appears to show Texas edge rusher Ovie Oghoufo being shoved from behind by a Red Raiders fan. 

"I wouldn't call the fan running into our player. I think the fan went and knocked our player down," Texas coach Steve Sarkisian said Monday. "Those are tough situations. I love the pageantry of college football. When fans rush the field, it's dangerous for us as coaches on both sides. It's dangerous for the players. I give Ovie a lot of credit. I thought he showed great poise and composure. I thought it could have turned into an ugly situation."

Sarkasian said he didn't blame fans for storming the field after a big win, but he has hopes there might be a safer way to celebrate. 

Texas Tech was fined and publicly reprimanded for the field storming. 

"We have a duty to provide a safe game environment," Big 12 commissioner Brett Yormark said. "The Texas Tech Department of Athletics has a written event management policy that, while well thought out, was unsuccessful in ensuring the safety and security of all visiting team student-athletes, officials, coaches and staff. There is zero tolerance for any act that compromises the safety of game participants."

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