Flashback: Violence Marked Texas-OU Rivalry Game Festivities in 1992

Editor's note: Take a look back into The Dallas Morning News archives.What began as a night of fun before a rivalry football game between Oklahoma University and the University of Texas in 1992, turned into the most violent weekend Dallas had seen during the annual OU-Texas revelry.On Oct. 9, college football fans took to downtown Dallas to visit bars and peruse Commerce Street while enjoying a drink and taunting fans of the opposing team. It wasn't until after 11 p.m. when shots rang out after an argument ensued from a fender bender and 19-year-old Carrolton resident Thomas Crump was fatally shot. Other occurrences of violence were reported across downtown.The incidents led the city of Dallas to reconsider its public drinking laws, which traditionally allowed people to openly drink outside during the weekend of the rivalry game. In the following year, around 800 police officers were spread across the downtown area, Commerce Street sidewalks were closed off and public drinking was banned.  Continue reading...

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