CORVALLIS — Oregon State Police want to have a little chat with the exuberant University of Oregon fan whose post-Civil War victory celebration Saturday in the center of the field at Reser Stadium might have charred the Beavers’ logo, causing an estimated $1,500 worth of damage to the turf.
A photographer from the Portland Tribune took a photo of an unidentified Ducks fan as he waved a flaming T-shirt just after the undefeated Ducks secured a spot in the BCS National Championship game against No. 1 Auburn with their 37-20 victory over the OSU Beavers in the 114th Civil War matchup.
Senior Trooper Orly Johnson said Tuesday that the OSP in Corvallis want to know who is in the photo, which was taken on the east end of the OSU logo around the 35-yard line. That’s where a large group of fans had gathered around the person he described as a “white male wearing a white #9 University of Oregon football jersey.” Shortly after that, the charred spot was discovered on the center-field depiction of the Beavers’ logo.
Anyone who witnessed the burning-T-shirt-waving incident or who can ID the person in the accompanying photo is asked to call Johnson at 541-737-3010 or send him e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.