College football games are no stranger to on-field disruptions, but Thursday night’s TCU-Texas Tech game was interrupted when a wild possum ran across the field.
Between the first and second quarter of the game, the critter was seen running across the field near the 10-yard line as fans in the crowd at Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock, Texas, cheered the animal on.
An opossum is removed from the field during the game between the TCU Horned Frogs and the Texas Tech Red Raiders at Jones AT&T Stadium on November 2, 2023, in Lubbock, Texas. (Josh Hedges/Getty Images)
Eventually, a man, who appeared to be from animal control, was able to capture the possum using a snare pole.
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But videos of the creature being dragged off the field near the sideline have gone viral on social media.
An opossum is removed from the field during the game between the TCU Horned Frogs and the Texas Tech Red Raiders at Jones AT&T Stadium on November 2, 2023 in Lubbock, Texas. (Josh Hedges/Getty Images)
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According to USA Today photojournalist Annie Rice, the unwelcomed possum did leave the stadium but not before being greeted by Tech president Lawrence Schovanec.
A possum ran onto the field of Jones AT&T Stadium and was captured by animal control during Texas Tech’s football game against TCU, Thursday, Novmber 12, 2023. TTU president Lawrence Schovanec is seen petting the animal before it was taken from the stadium. (IMAGN)
Texas Tech beat TCU 35-28 behind Behren Morton’s 282 yards and two touchdowns and Dadrion Taylor-Demerson’s game-clinching interception.
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“So, two things we did, we didn’t turn the ball over, and we caused turnovers. You know, if you do those two things, you got a great opportunity,” Texas Tech coach Joey McGuire said. “It puts us in great situations.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.