Storming the field at a college football game is not uncommon, but rarely is an opossum the culprit of this sporting tradition.
But that was the case Thursday night at the end of the first quarter between Texas Tech and TCU at Jones AT&T Stadium, when an opossum scurried across the field before being dragged out by stadium staff.
The Fox Sports broadcast captured the furry creature on the field around the 15-yard line.
Stadium staff caught the possum with a snare pole and pulled it off the field.
A video of the scene showed the possum looking quite upset by the actions and appearing to be growling.
The show made fun of the situation and used footage of the Possum as they took a 10-7 lead against Texas Tech.
According to photojournalist Annie Rice, the animal got a brief kick out of the stadium, but it was given a friendly pet by Texas Tech President Lawrence Schovanec.
Although this is the first time a possum has stormed the field at a football game in recent memory, football stadiums are no stranger to them.
During the 2018 season The “Rally Possum” became a national phenomenon and an internet sensation when it appeared at the Browns’ game against the Jets.
The Browns were on a 19-game winning streak at the time and desperately needed a win.
The Possum appeared in the stands that night and the Browns won the game.
A news team from Cleveland spotted a possum outside Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in August before the Hall of Fame Game, again between the Jets and Browns.
In October 2022, a possum crash occurred at another Texas football team’s game when Texas A&M allowed the uninvited animal to appear in the stands before a game against Ole Miss.
That got one fan – Greg Bludau – involved translate into actiongrab the opossum by the tail and take it out of the stadium to free it.
In a bizarre twist, Bludau had actually been a well-known local hunter, described by some as “the most successful hunter on public lands of all time,” according to KBTX.