I'm pretty sure I was in middle school at the time, so I can't remember the exact date, but I know it was their homecoming game and I was pretty sure it was UCLA ('90 perhaps). I remembered after they won, fans rushed the field. I sat there with my dad for a good half hour afterwards, watching them tear down the goal post from what would now be the jumbo-tron side.
We couldn't believe one fan was shimmying up one of the goal posts. He made it all the way up to the wind flag. He grabbed it and promptly fell down to the turf. Don Essig came over the P.A. and said something to the effect of "Fans, that's why we don't try and tear down the goal post." My dad and I laughed and were horrified at the same time.
We walked out and down the path to the Autzen bridge, taking our time. Suddenly a mob of students yelling and screaming were walking out, with goal posts in hand, and a rather large inebriated man holding one of the wind flags from the goal post in hand. Part of me hoped it was a man that miraculously survived the fall, rather than stole it from a mangled body from the west end zone.
Does anyone else remember seeing this?
This was one of the great bonding experiences from my youth, we'd talk about for years. My dad's been gone for a few years now, but it's an experience I'll never forget and I'm so happy that I got to grow up and watch the Ducks throughout the years and I look forward to watching them for the rest of my years.