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Duke Student Injured in Post-Game Celebration

Posted September 16, 2007

— A female sophomore was injured when a group of students tore up a goal post in a post-game celebration after Duke University snapped its 22-game losing streak in a win over Northwestern University on Saturday.

Around 11:30 p.m., around 300 students gathered in Wallace Wade Stadium and tore down a goal post, said Phyllis Cooper, spokesperson for Duke campus police.

Students carried the goal post to the Quad in the center of West Campus. They were attempting to raise the goal post outside Duke Chapel when one side of the post buckled and struck a female student in the head, Cooper said.

Priya Patel, a sophomore, was alert and talking after the injury, Keith Laurence, Duke's director of media relations, said. She was taken to Duke Hospital, where she was treated and released on Sunday.

Students said hundreds of people continued to celebrate Duke's victory on the Quad after the accident.

Police did not file any charges Saturday night, and the university does not plan to take any disciplinary actions against students, Laurence said.

Students were celebrating Duke's 20-14 win over Northwestern in Evanston, Ill., on Saturday night. The victory snapped a 22-game losing streak, the longest in the country.


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  • bluedevl... Sep 17, 2007



  • newtodurham Sep 17, 2007

    Yes "inzone" BlueDevl I am not into sports obviously. As for your typical Duke attacks about not being able to get in, Duke is a second or third choice school. Barely anyone there is there by first choice, just a bastion for New Jersey prep kids.

    Oh yeah my brother got into Duke and DIDNT go.

  • Run_Forrest_Run Sep 17, 2007

    It's all fun and games until someone has a goal post fall on them. :)

  • bluedevl... Sep 17, 2007

    jreesnc..."I guess I went to the wrong school"

    Chances are, you couldn't get in anyway.

    Of the 19,000 applicants each year only 1,660 students are selected. That's less than 9% from applicants who are in the top 10% of their class.

    Kind of puts things into perspective.

  • Duke_Blue_For_Life Sep 17, 2007

    jreesnc>>>If you didn't go to Duke then you probably did.

  • bluedevl... Sep 17, 2007

    UNC had their last goal posts installed by a company who said that they were "indestructible".

    After the 2001 win over the Gators this is what happened......

    "Chancellor Moeser must have felt a similar pride as the game's final seconds wound down and he waved the students onto the field to tear down the goalposts in jubilation." -UNC archive

    That's right it says Chancellor Mo waved them on.....

    It's a fluke no one was hurt.

  • jreesnc Sep 17, 2007

    I guess I went to the wrong school. Hey kids! If you go to dook, you can smash and vandalize stuff as much as you want. Just keep it on the campus, OK?

    No wonder the tuition is so high ;-)

  • Duke_Blue_For_Life Sep 17, 2007


  • Duke_Blue_For_Life Sep 17, 2007

    I'm just sad I missed the game!! Do D~U~K~E :-)

  • bluedevl... Sep 17, 2007

    jreesnc.........."I guess things are different when daddykins is a wealthy lawyer...."

    No nimrod, it's the difference between private and public property.