At least 22 arrested in LSU upset celebration

Published 12:54 am Monday, October 15, 2007

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Eric Loy wasn’t too upset when flames from a burning couch charred and peeled paint from his 1998 Saturn.

For Loy, it was all part of the celebration of Kentucky’s 43-37 overtime win over top ranked LSU.

‘‘If we had lost, I might be more upset,’’ he said at the sight. ‘‘But it was a piece of junk anyway.’’

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The fire was part of mayhem that ensued after the Wildcats stopped the Tigers in the third overtime. In the parties that ensued, University of Kentucky and State Police arrested at least 22 people on a variety of charges.

The number of arrests was comparable to those after the Louisville game, though the number of illegal trespassing charges were higher, said Jay Blanton, a university spokesman.

Couches were found ablaze near the heart of off-campus student housing as parties raged until 3 a.m., with bonfires in driveways and Lexington police monitoring the city by helicopter.

Off-campus, fans on foot made life tough for drivers. Police said that immediately after the game, students ran into the streets, blocking the roadways.

Officers also filled the area, though, and dispersed students promptly. Two mounted officers, a few cruisers and many on-foot officers filled the area.

Fans driving away from Commonwealth Stadium honked their horns in glee, creating a chorus that proved similar to the noise inside the stadium during the game.

Across town from the stadium, residents set off fireworks to punctuate the performance.

By 9 p.m., though, the madness diminished. Calls to 911 were down, said Jackie Taylor, a telecommunications supervisor.

‘‘It’s been business as usual,’’ Taylor said. ‘‘A lady had passed out, but I think it was just because of a medical problem.’’

The game even got a mention at the Lexington Opera House, where UK Opera Theatre performed Hotel Casablanca.

At intermission, staff announced the victory, which resulted in whoops and hollers from the normally quiet audience.


Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader,