4. Ohio State Fans Rush Streets Following Championship Berth
College: Ohio State University
City: Columbus, OH
Number of People Involved: ~5,000
After Ohio State defeated arch-rival Michigan in football on November 23, 2003, earning the Buckeyes a berth to the National Championship, students responded to the victory by quietly returning to their homes and watching the highlights on SportsCenter. Or that's what police would have wanted. In actuality, fans celebrated the 14-9 win first by rushing the field, then pouring into the streets. Windshields were smashed, cars were rolled over, and fires were started many a corner. The night in Columbus was especially tragic for local couches, many of which were reduced to ash. In all, a crowd of 5,000 started 107 fires and destroyed 20 cars, leading to 70 arrests.