Police officers try to disperse the crowd of Ohio State fans trying to block High Street in Columbus, Ohio, as they celebrate the Buckeye's 42-20 win over Oregon following the National Championship football game between Ohio State and Oregon, Jan. 12, 2015.
Paul Vernon—AP
January 13, 2015 7:25 AM EST

Police in riot gear used tear gas to break up crowds of revelers in Columbus early Tuesday after Ohio State’s national title win over the Oregon Ducks.

At least a dozen small fires were reported after thousands poured out of bars to celebrate the Buckeyes’ victory, authorities said.

Columbus Police Department spokeswoman Denise Alex-Bouzounis told NBC News that about 8,000 students forced their way into The Horseshoe stadium and tore down a goal post.

She described the crowds as being “intense” after the game. Three canisters of tear gas were used in front of the Ohio Union at around 1:15 a.m. …

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