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Bedlam Series
First meeting 1900 (track and field)
1904 (football)

The Bedlam Series refers to the athletics rivalry between the University of Oklahoma Oklahoma Sooners and the Oklahoma State University Cowboys of the Big 12 Conference. Both schools were also members of the Big 8 Conference before the formation of the Big 12 Conference in 1996, and both were divisional rivals in the Big 12 South Division prior to 2011.

History[edit]

The Bedlam Series is, like most other intrastate rivalries, a rivalry that goes beyond one or two sports. Both schools also have rivalries with other schools, though most of those rivalries are limited to one or two sports at the most. The rivalry is all the more intense since their games often decide the conference championship.

While the football and basketball games stand today as the marquee events in the Bedlam Series, the term "Bedlam" actually began with the rivalry between the schools' prestigious wrestling programs,[2] more particularly the raucous crowds that attended the matches held at Oklahoma State's Gallagher-Iba Arena.[3]

When the Bedlam Series gained Ford and the Bank of Oklahoma as corporate sponsors, the series became much more formalized. A points system was adopted in order to award a winner of the all athletic competitions combined between the two schools. A crystal bell trophy is awarded to individual Bedlam game winners (such as football), in addition to a trophy for the overall series champion for that year. The "Bedlam Bell" is modeled after the bell clapper in Old Central, the oldest building on Oklahoma State's campus. For a time, the actual bell clapper was a traveling trophy for the two schools, until the popularity of this tradition waned.

Football[edit]

The first Bedlam football game was held at Island Park, now known as Mineral Wells Park, in Guthrie, Oklahoma. It was a cold, and very windy day with the temperatures well below the freezing mark. At one moment in the game when the Oklahoma A&M Aggies were punting, the wind carried the ball backwards behind the kicker. If the Oklahoma A&M squad recovered the ball it would be a touchback and if the University of Oklahoma squad recovered it, it would be a touchdown. The ball kept going backwards and rolled down a hill into the half-frozen creek. Since a touchdown was at stake, members of both teams dove into the icy waters to recover the ball. A member of the OU team came out with the ball and downed it for a touchdown, eventually winning the game 75–0.[4] Though this was not the source of the name "Bedlam",[2][3] the scene was clearly an apt beginning for the Bedlam Series in football.

Author Steve Budin, whose father was a New York bookie, has recently publicized the claim that the 1954 Bedlam Game was fixed by mobsters in his book Bets, Drugs, and Rock & Roll (ISBN 1-60239-099-1).[5] Allegedly, the mobsters threatened and paid off a cook to slip laxatives into a soup eaten by many OU Sooner starting players, causing them to fall violently ill in the days leading up to the game. OU was victorious in the end, but their 14–0 win did not cover the 20-point spread they had in their favor. However, many people involved in the 1954 contest do not recall any incident like the one purported by Budin to have occurred.[6]

Oklahoma currently leads the series 85–18–7. [7] The series has historically been very lopsided in the Sooners' favor; Oklahoma State has defeated OU twice in a row just three times since World War II, and has never done it three times in a row.

Game results[edit]

Oklahoma victories Oklahoma State victories Tie games
# Date Location Winning team Losing team Score Series Attendance
1 November 6, 1904 Guthrie Oklahoma Oklahoma A&M 75–0 Oklahoma 1–0
2 October 19, 1906 Stillwater Oklahoma Oklahoma A&M 23–0 Oklahoma 2–0
3 November 9, 1907 Norman Oklahoma Oklahoma A&M 67–0 Oklahoma 3–0
4 October 3, 1908 Stillwater Oklahoma Oklahoma A&M 18–0 Oklahoma 4–0
5 October 21, 1910 Norman Oklahoma Oklahoma A&M 12–0 Oklahoma 5–0
6 October 20, 1911 Stillwater Oklahoma Oklahoma A&M 22–0 Oklahoma 6–0
7 November 16, 1912 Norman Oklahoma Oklahoma A&M 16–0 Oklahoma 7–0
8 November 21, 1913 Stillwater Oklahoma Oklahoma A&M 7–0 Oklahoma 8–0
9 November 6, 1914 Norman Oklahoma Oklahoma A&M 28–6 Oklahoma 9–0
10 November 25, 1915 Oklahoma City Oklahoma Oklahoma A&M 26–7 Oklahoma 10–0 5,000
11 November 30, 1916 Oklahoma City Oklahoma Oklahoma A&M 41–7 Oklahoma 11–0
12 November 29, 1917 Oklahoma City Oklahoma A&M Oklahoma 9–0 Oklahoma 11–1
13 November 28, 1918 Oklahoma City Oklahoma Oklahoma A&M 27–0 Oklahoma 12–1
14 November 27, 1919 Oklahoma City Oklahoma Oklahoma A&M 33–6 Oklahoma 13–1
15 November 13, 1920 Stillwater Oklahoma Oklahoma A&M 36–0 Oklahoma 14–1
16 October 15, 1921 Norman Oklahoma Oklahoma A&M 6–0 Oklahoma 15–1
17 November 25, 1922 Stillwater Tie 3–3 Oklahoma 15–1–1
18 October 27, 1923 Norman Oklahoma Oklahoma A&M 12–0 Oklahoma 16–1–1
19 November 1, 1924 Stillwater Oklahoma A&M Oklahoma 6–0 Oklahoma 16–2–1
20 November 26, 1925 Norman Oklahoma Oklahoma A&M 35–0 Oklahoma 17–2–1
21 November 25, 1926 Stillwater Tie 14–14 Oklahoma 17–2–2
22 November 19, 1927 Norman Oklahoma A&M Oklahoma 13–7 Oklahoma 17–3–2
23 November 24, 1928 Stillwater Oklahoma Oklahoma A&M 46–0 Oklahoma 18–3–2
24 November 23, 1929 Norman Tie 0–0 Oklahoma 18–3–3
25 November 22, 1930 Stillwater Oklahoma A&M Oklahoma 7–0 Oklahoma 18–4–3
26 November 26, 1931 Norman Tie 0–0 Oklahoma 18–4–4
27 October 29, 1932 Stillwater Oklahoma A&M Oklahoma 7–0 Oklahoma 18–5–4
28 November 23, 1933 Norman Oklahoma A&M Oklahoma 13–0 Oklahoma 18–6–4
29 November 22, 1934 Stillwater Tie 0–0 Oklahoma 18–6–5
30 November 28, 1935 Norman Oklahoma Oklahoma A&M 25–0 Oklahoma 19–6–5 10,000
31 November 26, 1936 Stillwater Oklahoma Oklahoma A&M 35–13 Oklahoma 20–6–5
32 November 25, 1937 Norman Oklahoma Oklahoma A&M 16–0 Oklahoma 21–6–5
33 November 24, 1938 Stillwater #6 Oklahoma Oklahoma A&M 19–0 Oklahoma 22–6–5
34 October 28, 1939 Norman #6 Oklahoma Oklahoma A&M 41–0 Oklahoma 23–6–5
35 October 5, 1940 Norman Oklahoma Oklahoma A&M 29–27 Oklahoma 24–6–5
36 October 4, 1941 Norman Oklahoma Oklahoma A&M 19–0 Oklahoma 25–6–5 25,453
37 September 26, 1942 Stillwater Tie 0–0 Oklahoma 25–6–6
38 October 2, 1943 Oklahoma City Oklahoma Oklahoma A&M 22–13 Oklahoma 26–6–6
39 November 25, 1944 Oklahoma City Oklahoma A&M Oklahoma 28–6 Oklahoma 26–7–6
40 November 24, 1945 Norman #6 Oklahoma A&M Oklahoma 47–0 Oklahoma 26–8–6 33,000
41 November 30, 1946 Stillwater #17 Oklahoma Oklahoma A&M 73–12 Oklahoma 27–8–6 18,500
42 November 29, 1947 Norman #20 Oklahoma Oklahoma A&M 21–13 Oklahoma 28–8–6 33,945
43 November 27, 1948 Stillwater #6 Oklahoma Oklahoma A&M 19–15 Oklahoma 29–8–6 30,000
44 November 26, 1949 Norman #3 Oklahoma Oklahoma A&M 41–0 Oklahoma 30–8–6 47,937
45 December 2, 1950 Stillwater #1 Oklahoma Oklahoma A&M 41–14 Oklahoma 31–8–6 28,530
46 December 1, 1951 Norman #10 Oklahoma Oklahoma A&M 41–6 Oklahoma 32–8–6 33,103
47 November 29, 1952 Stillwater #4 Oklahoma Oklahoma A&M 54–7 Oklahoma 33–8–6 21,408
48 November 28, 1953 Norman #4 Oklahoma Oklahoma A&M 42–7 Oklahoma 34–8–6 50,524
49 November 27, 1954 Stillwater #3 Oklahoma Oklahoma A&M 14–0 Oklahoma 35–8–6 38,000
50 November 26, 1955 Norman #1 Oklahoma Oklahoma A&M 53–0 Oklahoma 36–8–6 40,182
51 December 1, 1956 Stillwater #1 Oklahoma Oklahoma A&M 53–0 Oklahoma 37–8–6 36,500
52 November 30, 1957 Norman #5 Oklahoma Oklahoma State 53–6 Oklahoma 38–8–6 52,366
53 November 29, 1958 Stillwater #3 Oklahoma Oklahoma State 7–0 Oklahoma 39–8–6 37,014
54 November 28, 1959 Norman #17 Oklahoma Oklahoma State 17–7 Oklahoma 40–8–6 59,136
55 November 26, 1960 Stillwater Oklahoma Oklahoma State 17–6 Oklahoma 41–8–6 32,381
56 December 2, 1961 Norman Oklahoma Oklahoma State 21–13 Oklahoma 42–8–6 52,598
57 December 1, 1962 Stillwater #8 Oklahoma Oklahoma State 37–6 Oklahoma 43–8–6 35,757
58 November 30, 1963 Norman #10 Oklahoma Oklahoma State 34–10 Oklahoma 44–8–6 50,678
59 November 28, 1964 Stillwater Oklahoma Oklahoma State 21–16 Oklahoma 45–8–6 36,987
60 December 4, 1965 Norman Oklahoma State Oklahoma 17–16 Oklahoma 45–9–6 54,876
61 December 3, 1966 Stillwater Oklahoma State Oklahoma 15–14 Oklahoma 45–10–6 36,581
62 December 2, 1967 Norman #3 Oklahoma Oklahoma State 38–14 Oklahoma 46–10–6 62,038
63 November 30, 1968 Stillwater #11 Oklahoma Oklahoma State 41–7 Oklahoma 47–10–6 38,515
64 November 29, 1969 Stillwater Oklahoma Oklahoma State 28–27 Oklahoma 48–10–6 41,315
65 November 28, 1970 Norman Oklahoma Oklahoma State 66–6 Oklahoma 49–10–6 60,300
66 December 4, 1971 Stillwater #3 Oklahoma Oklahoma State 58–14 Oklahoma 50–10–6 36,571
67 December 2, 1972 Norman #3 Oklahoma #20 Oklahoma State 38–15 Oklahoma 51–10–6 62,363
68 December 1, 1973 Stillwater #2 Oklahoma Oklahoma State 45–18 Oklahoma 52–10–6 50,964
69 November 30, 1974 Norman #1 Oklahoma Oklahoma State 44–13 Oklahoma 53–10–6 62,619
70 November 1, 1975 Stillwater #2 Oklahoma #19 Oklahoma State 27–7 Oklahoma 54–10–6 49,358
71 October 23, 1976 Norman Oklahoma State #5 Oklahoma 31–24 Oklahoma 54–11–6 72,041
72 November 5, 1977 Stillwater #3 Oklahoma Oklahoma State 61–28 Oklahoma 55–11–6 50,088
73 November 18, 1978 Norman #4 Oklahoma Oklahoma State 62–7 Oklahoma 56–11–6 72,339
74 November 3, 1979 Stillwater #7 Oklahoma Oklahoma State 38–7 Oklahoma 57–11–6 51,453
75 November 29, 1980 Norman #6 Oklahoma Oklahoma State 63–14 Oklahoma 58–11–6 75,681
76 November 28, 1981 Stillwater Oklahoma Oklahoma State 27–3 Oklahoma 59–11–6 51,100
77 October 23, 1982 Norman #20 Oklahoma Oklahoma State 27–9 Oklahoma 60–11–6 76,406
78 October 15, 1983 Stillwater #15 Oklahoma Oklahoma State 21–20 Oklahoma 61–11–6 50,440
79 November 24, 1984 Norman #2 Oklahoma #3 Oklahoma State 24–14 Oklahoma 62–11–6 76,198
80 November 30, 1985 Stillwater #3 Oklahoma #17 Oklahoma State 13–0 Oklahoma 63–11–6 44,000
81 October 18, 1986 Norman #5 Oklahoma Oklahoma State 19–0 Oklahoma 64–11–6 76,022
82 November 7, 1987 Norman #1 Oklahoma #12 Oklahoma State 29–10 Oklahoma 65–11–6 75,004
83 November 5, 1988 Stillwater #8 Oklahoma #12 Oklahoma State 31–28 Oklahoma 66–11–6 50,440
84 October 7, 1989 Norman #16 Oklahoma Oklahoma State 37–15 Oklahoma 67–11–6 74,610
85 October 6, 1990 Stillwater #7 Oklahoma Oklahoma State 31–17 Oklahoma 68–11–6 49,800
86 November 16, 1991 Norman #18 Oklahoma Oklahoma State 21–6 Oklahoma 69–11–6 68,778
87 November 14, 1992 Stillwater Tie 15–15 Oklahoma 69–11–7 50,440
88 November 13, 1993 Norman #17 Oklahoma Oklahoma State 31–0 Oklahoma 70–11–7 65,275
89 November 13, 1994 Stillwater Oklahoma Oklahoma State 33–14 Oklahoma 71–11–7 50,116
90 November 11, 1995 Norman Oklahoma State Oklahoma 12–0 Oklahoma 71–12–7 75,004
91 November 8, 1996 Stillwater Oklahoma Oklahoma State 27–17 Oklahoma 72–12–7 51,416
92 November 8, 1997 Norman #25 Oklahoma State Oklahoma 30–7 Oklahoma 72–13–7 72,422
93 October 24, 1998 Stillwater Oklahoma State Oklahoma 41–26 Oklahoma 72–14–7 50,614
94 November 27, 1999 Norman Oklahoma Oklahoma State 44–7 Oklahoma 73–14–7 75,374
95 November 25, 2000 Stillwater #1 Oklahoma Oklahoma State 12–6 Oklahoma 74–14–7 48,500
96 November 24, 2001 Norman Oklahoma State #4 Oklahoma 16–13 Oklahoma 74–15–7 75,537
97 November 30, 2002 Stillwater Oklahoma State #3 Oklahoma 38–28 Oklahoma 74–16–7 48,500
98 November 1, 2003 Norman #1 Oklahoma #14 Oklahoma State 52–9 Oklahoma 75–16–7 84,027
99 October 30, 2004 Stillwater #2 Oklahoma #20 Oklahoma State 38–35 Oklahoma 76–16–7 48,837
100 November 26, 2005 Norman Oklahoma Oklahoma State 42–14 Oklahoma 77–16–7 84,875
101 November 25, 2006 Stillwater #13 Oklahoma Oklahoma State 27–21 Oklahoma 78–16–7 42,819
102 November 24, 2007 Norman #10 Oklahoma Oklahoma State 49–17 Oklahoma 79–16–7 85,238
103 November 29, 2008 Stillwater #3 Oklahoma #11 Oklahoma State 61–41 Oklahoma 80–16–7 49,031
104 November 28, 2009 Norman Oklahoma #12 Oklahoma State 27–0 Oklahoma 81–16–7 85,606
105 November 27, 2010 Stillwater #14 Oklahoma #10 Oklahoma State 47–41 Oklahoma 82–16–7 51,164
106 December 3, 2011 Stillwater #3 Oklahoma State #10 Oklahoma 44–10 Oklahoma 82–17–7 58,141
107 November 24, 2012 Norman #13 Oklahoma #21 Oklahoma State 51–48 (OT) Oklahoma 83–17–7 85,824
108 December 7, 2013 Stillwater #17 Oklahoma #6 Oklahoma State 33–24 Oklahoma 84–17–7 58,520
109 December 6, 2014 Norman Oklahoma State #18 Oklahoma 38–35 (OT) Oklahoma 84–18–7 85,312
110 November 28, 2015 Stillwater #5 Oklahoma #9 Oklahoma State 58–23 Oklahoma 85–18–7 58,231
111 December 3, 2016 Norman

Notable games[edit]

2003[edit]

Highest-ranked matchup since 1987: 52–9, Oklahoma Sooners

No. 14 Oklahoma State Cowboys at No. 1 Oklahoma Sooners
1 2 3 4 Total
No. 14 Oklahoma State 0 3 6 0 9
No. 1 Oklahoma 10 14 14 14 52

2008[edit]

OU wins highest-scoring game to win Big 12 South: 61–41, Oklahoma Sooners

#3 Oklahoma Sooners at #11 Oklahoma State Cowboys
1 2 3 4 Total
#3 Oklahoma 7 14 16 24 61
#11 Oklahoma State 3 10 13 15 41

On November 29, 2008, No. 11 Oklahoma State came into the 103rd Bedlam game ranked their highest coming into the annual series since the 1984 matchup. The average ranking of the two teams (7) was the third-highest in the history of the rivalry and highest since the 1987 game 21 years earlier. OSU was trying to break their five-year Bedlam losing streak and keep one of their best seasons in decades going, while Oklahoma was trying to make it into the Big 12 Championship Game, and then possibly the BCS National Championship Game.

The first quarter was the lowest-scoring of the four; an interception of Cowboy junior QB Zac Robinson, a 20-yard touchdown rush by OU sophomore RB DeMarco Murray, then later a 28-yard field goal by Oklahoma State sophomore kicker Dan Bailey ended the quarter with the Sooners up 7-3. The second quarter was higher scoring than the first, but still less so than the final two. On a drive that started in the first quarter, OSU scored a TD on a 23-yard pass from Robinson to sophomore RB Kendall Hunter. Following the kickoff, Oklahoma went on a 14-play, 79-yard drive highlighted by a 14-yard run by Murray to begin the drive, a 21-yard pass from sophomore QB Sam Bradford to Quentin Chaney, and a 2-yard TD rush by junior RB Chris Brown to end the drive. This TD drive would mark the first in a series of six TD drives in a row by OU. Following the next kickoff, the Cowboys went on an 11 play, 39-yard drive to set up another Bailey field goal, this one a 44-yarder, to put the score at 14-13, Sooners. Oklahoma scored another TD to finish the half up 21-13.[8]

Again, the third quarter was higher scoring than the first two, but not as high as the fourth. Oklahoma State started the half with an eight-play, 81-yard drive with a 6-yard TD pass from Robinson to sophomore WR Dez Bryant to finish it. After the TD, the score was 21-19, and OSU decided to go for two. This turned out to be an ill-fated decision, however, because on the two-point conversion attempt, Robinson fumbled the ball, and it was picked up and taken all the way to the other endzone by OU freshman DE Frank Alexander for a safety, putting the Sooners up 23-19. Three plays into the next drive, Oklahoma junior TE Jermaine Gresham scored a TD on a 73-yard pass from Bradford. After another TD by each team, the third quarter ended at 37-26, OU. The fourth quarter proved to be the most exciting of the game, as more points were scored in this quarter than the entire first half. On a Cowboy drive that started in the third quarter, Robinson completed another pass to Bryant for a 17-yard TD. Oklahoma State decided to try for another two-point conversion, and this time it paid off with Robinson again connecting with Bryant to make the score 37-34, Sooners up by three. The momentum OSU got on those eight points would be short-lived, however, as Oklahoma RB Murray returned the following kickoff 68 yards to the Cowboy 27-yard line. Six plays later, Bradford completed a one-yard pass to junior TE Brody Eldridge for the TD to put OU up by 10. On the ensuing kickoff, Oklahoma State junior KR/CB Perrish Cox ran it back 90 yards for the TD to make the score 44-41 and put OSU within three again. For the Cowboys, that was their final score, as the Sooners scored 17 unanswered points to win the game, 61–41.[8]

Oklahoma QB Sam Bradford threw 30 of 44, the second-most completions and attempts of his career, but his two TDs tied for his least of the season, and his passer rating of 148.7 was his second-worst of the season.[9] Oklahoma State QB Zac Robinson had a fairly average passing game, but his running game was one of the best of his career; his 17 rushing attempts tied for the most of his career, his 90 yards was his most of the season, his 5.3 yards per rush was his second highest of the season, and his 31-yard rush was his longest of the season.[10] OU TE Jermaine Gresham's nine receptions and 158 receiving yards were the most of his career, his two TDs were tied for the second most of his career, and his 71-yard reception was the longest of his career.[11] OSU RB Kendall Hunter's five receptions and 46 receiving yards were the most of his career, and his receiving TD was only the second of his career.[12] The combined score of 102 points is the most points ever scored in a Bedlam game. The Cowboy's 41 points were their most in a Bedlam game since the 1998 matchup when they beat Oklahoma, 41-26. This win marked the Sooners 80th in the Bedlam Series, five times as many as Oklahoma State had at the time, propelled Oklahoma into the Big 12 Championship game and assisted Sam Bradford in winning his Heisman. After beating the Missouri Tigers the following week, OU would go on to the BCS National Championship Game, where they'd lose to Florida. OSU would finish fourth in the Big 12 South and go to the Holiday Bowl, where they'd be upset by the Oregon Ducks.

2009[edit]

First upset by OU in series history: 27–0, Oklahoma Sooners

No. 12 Oklahoma State Cowboys at Oklahoma Sooners
1 2 3 4 Total
No. 12 Oklahoma State 0 0 0 0 0
Oklahoma 0 10 10 7 27
  • Date: November 28, 2009
  • Location: Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, Norman, OK
  • Game start: 11:41 AM CST
  • Elapsed time: 3:29
  • Game attendance: 85,606
  • Game weather: 61 °F (16 °C) • Wind: S 20 mph • Weather: cool, clear
  • Referee: Tom Walker
  • TV announcers (FSN): Joel Meyers (play-by-play), Dave Lapham (analyst), Jim Knox (sideline)

In front of a crowd of 85,606 people, a Bedlam record at the time, No. 12 Oklahoma State came to Norman to try to break their six-year Bedlam losing streak while also attempting to make it into their first BCS bowl, while unranked Oklahoma was trying to keep that streak alive and upset the OSU for the first time. This was only the third time in the 104-year history of the Bedlam Series that the Cowboys were ranked higher than OU going into the game. The last time it happened was the 1997 matchup, when No. 25 Oklahoma State beat the unranked Sooners in Norman, 30–7.

The first quarter went scoreless with both teams trading punts. One minute and 15 seconds into the second quarter, Oklahoma kicker Patrick O'Hara kicked a 24-yard field goal to put OU up by three. After an OSU punt, two passes from Sooner freshman QB Landry Jones to sophomore WR Ryan Broyles for a total gain of 52 yards, and a 13-yard touchdown rush by junior RB DeMarco Murray, Oklahoma was now up 10-0. Halftime came without another score. On the opening drive of the second half, OU went 78 yards on 18 plays, including an 18-yard pass to Broyles, a 16-yard pass to WR Cameron Kenney, and a 19-yard field goal by O'Hara to finish the drive and put them up 13-0. Following the kickoff and a punt by each team, the Cowboys had the ball on their own 27-yard line. On the first play of the drive, Oklahoma State senior QB Zac Robinson was picked off by junior safety Jonathan Nelson on the 50-yard line, who returned it 37 yards to the OSU 13 yard line. Following two rushes by Murray, the Sooners were up 20-0. The final score of the game came on an 87-yard punt return for a TD by Broyles midway into the fourth quarter.[13]

Oklahoma RB DeMarco Murray's two TDs tied for his most of the season,[14] while Cowboy RB Keith Toston's 47 rushing yards were his least since the previous Bedlam game in 2010.[15] Amazingly, Oklahoma State went 0-14 on third down conversions, never attempted to go for it on fourth down, and didn't have a single first down in the first half. This was the first shutout in the series since 1995, and the first time OSU was shut out in a Bedlam game since 1993. After the regular season, the Cowboys went to the Cotton Bowl Classic, where they were upset by the Ole Miss Rebels, while OU would go to the Sun Bowl, where they'd upset Stanford.

2010[edit]

OU pulls second upset in a row: 47–41, Oklahoma Sooners

#14 Oklahoma Sooners at #10 Oklahoma State Cowboys
1 2 3 4 Total
#14 Oklahoma 7 17 0 23 47
#10 Oklahoma State 3 14 7 17 41

The 105th Bedlam game was played in Stillwater, Oklahoma, on November 27, 2010. No. 9 Oklahoma State was looking to beat No. 13 Oklahoma and break their seven-year Bedlam losing streak. This was only the fourth time in the entire series that OSU came into the game ranked higher than OU, the last time coming in the previous season.

The game began with the Sooners receiving the kickoff. After a punt by each team, Oklahoma had the ball back on their own 18 yard-line. The OU went on an 82-yard drive, highlighted by an 18-yard rush by senior running back DeMarco Murray and a 25-yard pass from sophomore QB Landry Jones to junior WR Ryan Broyles, ending with a six-yard touchdown run by freshman FB Trey Millard. A few drives later, the Cowboys were on the board with a 23-yard field goal by senior kicker Dan Bailey, and the first quarter would end with the Sooners up 7-3. A drive that started in the first quarter ended with Jones throwing a two-yard TD pass to Broyles. On the next drive, Oklahoma State junior QB Brandon Weeden was intercepted by senior DB Quinton Carter at the Oklahoma 45 yard-line. But just three plays later, Jones was intercepted by OSU freshman LB Shaun Lewis, who would take it back 52 yards for a Cowboy TD. Several drives later and a TD by each team, the half would end with OU up, 24-17. The third quarter was the lowest scoring of the four, with the lone score coming from Oklahoma State on the first drive. This was an eight-play, 80-yard drive capped off with a 20-yard pass from Weeden to junior WR Josh Cooper for the TD. The fourth quarter began with the teams tied at 24. The Sooners scored three field goals to put them up by nine, and then madness ensued. After a one-minute and 46 second drive, OSU would score a TD that would begin a 92-second period where two touchdowns were scored by each team. The first came by the Cowboys on their drive, and the next on an 86-yard pass from Jones to WR Cameron Kenney. Oklahoma State kick returner Justin Gilbert would return the ensuing kickoff 89 yards for a TD, and then on the very next drive, Jones would throw yet another long TD pass, this one for 76 yards to junior TE James Hanna. OSU was only able to respond with a field goal, and after a failed onside kick, Oklahoma ended the game with a thrilling 47-41 victory.[16]

OU QB Landry Jones' 468 passing yards, 86-yard long, 37 completions and 62 attempts were all career highs, and his four TDs were tied for the second most of his career, but his three interceptions were the second most of his career, and his 57.1% completion was his second worst of the season.[17] Cowboy QB Brandon Weeden's 257 passing yards were his second least of the season, his three interceptions were the most of his career, and his passer rating of 116.7 was the worst of his career.[18] Oklahoma State RB Kendall Hunter's 55 rushing yards were his second least of the season, and his 4.2 average yards per rush was his lowest of the season.[19] Sooner RB Roy Finch's 16 rush attempts were tied for the most of his career,[20] and Oklahoma WR Cameron Kenney's six receptions, 141 receiving yards and two TDs were all career highs.[21] OSU WR Justin Blackmon's 105 yards receiving were his least of the season.[22] The win put OU into the Big 12 Championship Game, and then on to the Fiesta Bowl, where they beat the Connecticut Huskies. The Cowboys went on to the Alamo Bowl and beat the Arizona Wildcats.

2011[edit]

OSU breaks its eight-year Bedlam losing streak to win Big 12: 44–10, Oklahoma State Cowboys

No. 11 Oklahoma Sooners at No. 5 Oklahoma State Cowboys
1 2 3 4 Total
No. 11 Oklahoma 0 3 0 7 10
No. 5 Oklahoma State 10 14 20 0 44

The 106th Bedlam game drew the largest crowd to ever watch a Bedlam game in Stillwater, a total of 58,141 people. Coming into the game at #3 and #10, the average ranking of the teams (6.5) was the second-highest in series history, behind only the 1984 matchup and tied with the 1987 game. Oklahoma State's No. 3 ranking was their highest coming into the annual series since 1984. This year, OSU was looking to beat Oklahoma for the first time since 2002, while also trying to win their first outright conference title since 1948 in the three-team Missouri Valley conference. OU, on the other hand, was trying to upset the Cowboys for the third year in a row for their ninth Bedlam win in a row, which would also win them a share of their 8th Big 12 title and their second in a row. This was only the fifth time in the entire series that Oklahoma State was ranked higher than the Sooners going into the game. The last time was the year before, when #14 Oklahoma upset #10 OSU in Stillwater.[23]

The game started out very well for the Cowboys and stayed that way for the majority. After three punts (two by OU and one by Oklahoma State), OSU finally put it into the endzone. On the following drive, Oklahoma junior QB Landry Jones was intercepted in the Cowboy endzone by Oklahoma State defender Broderick Brown. OSU brought it all the way to the Sooner 8-yard line but were forced to settle for a field goal. After two punts by each team, Jones fumbled the football at the OSU 19-yard line, and Cowboy DE Jamie Blatnick returned it to the OU 1-yard line. On the next play, sophomore RB Joseph Randle took it in for the score to make it 17-0, Oklahoma State. The second half ended at 24-3, OSU up by 21. The third quarter was even more lopsided than the first two, with the Cowboys scoring 20 points to go into the fourth quarter up by a score of 44-3. The final score came with under three minutes left in the game, when Oklahoma backup freshman QB Blake Bell scored a 28-yard rushing touchdown.[23]

Oklahoma State RB Joseph Randle's 151 rushing yards were his second most of the season.[24] OU QB Landry Jones' passer rating of 88 was his lowest since the Sooners' loss to the Nebraska Cornhuskers in 2009 in his freshman season. His 250 yards passing was his second lowest of the season behind only his 199 yards against the Florida State Seminoles and his two interceptions were tied for his most of the season. Also, his 23-yard longest pass was his shortest longest pass in any start in his entire career.[17] OSU RB Jeremy Smith's 119 rushing yards were his second most of the season, and his two TDs tied for his most of the season.[25] The final score of 44-10 was the largest margin of victory for the Cowboys and their 44 points were the most they had since their 47 point MOV and points scored in the 1945 Bedlam game. The Sooners' 10 points were their least in the series since 1997. This game won OSU their first Big 12 title and sent them to their first BCS bowl game, where they beat the Stanford Cardinal in overtime in the Fiesta Bowl. OU went to the Insight Bowl and beat the Iowa Hawkeyes.

2012[edit]

First overtime game: 51–48 (OT), Oklahoma Sooners

No. 22 Oklahoma State Cowboys at No. 14 Oklahoma Sooners
1 2 3 4 OT Total
No. 22 Oklahoma State 14 10 14 7 3 48
No. 14 Oklahoma 3 21 6 15 6 51

In front of a Bedlam-record crowd of 85,824 in Norman, OK, #21 Oklahoma State was looking to pull an upset and win their second Bedlam game in a row for the first time since 2002, while #13 Oklahoma was trying to continue their quest to win their eighth Big 12 title. OU fifth-year senior quarterback Landry Jones was making his fourth start in a Bedlam game, joining current OSU head coach Mike Gundy, who played for the Cowboys in the late 80s, as the only other QB in the series to have done so.[26]

The Sooners never led during regulation, coming back to tie it up after double digit deficits in both halves. The game started out with a missed Oklahoma field goal and then a punt by both teams. Three drives later, one ending in an interception of Jones and the other two in Oklahoma State touchdowns, OSU was up, 14-0. A few drives later and a field goal by each team, the Cowboys were still up, 17-3, but OU was starting a comeback. After the Oklahoma State field goal, the Sooners went on a 57-yard TD-scoring drive to make it 17-10. On the next drive, Oklahoma CB Aaron Colvin intercepted OSU QB Clint Chelf at the OU 19-yard line. Two minutes and 17 seconds later, Jones threw his second TD pass of the game to tie it up at 17-17. The first half ended tied at 24. Just like the first half, the Cowboys started off well, scoring a TD on a 75-yard pass on the first offensive play of the second half. The Sooners would respond with a field goal. After a punt by both teams, Oklahoma fumbled and it was recovered by Oklahoma State and then brought into the endzone to put OSU up, 38-27. But again, OU came back. Following a field goal, an 81-yard punt return for a TD, then a successful two-point conversion, the score was tied yet again. After another punt by each team, the Cowboys scored their final TD of the game to put them up, 45-38. Following a turnover on downs by the Sooners and yet another punt by Oklahoma State, Oklahoma had the ball back on their own 14-yard line with 6:18 left in the game. What followed was perhaps the most exciting drive of the game.

Slowly and steadily, OU made their way to the OSU 4-yard line. It was fourth and one with less than 30 seconds left in the game, and the Sooners decided to use their successful "Belldozer" package, which consisted of putting in their 6'6", 254 lb. backup sophomore QB Blake Bell to run for short yardage. Not only did he get the first down, he made it into the endzone, and, after a successful extra point, the game was sent into overtime with the score tied up at 45-45.[27] Oklahoma won the OT coin toss and chose to start on defense. Four plays into the first OT period, on third and six at the nine-yard line, a pass from Chelf to WR Blake Jackson was broken up by the OU secondary and the Cowboys were forced to settle for a field goal. The Sooners' possession went much quicker than that. Following a seven-yard rush by FB Trey Millard on first down, RB Brennan Clay ran 18 yards into the endzone, and Oklahoma won the 107th Bedlam game.[27]

OU QB Landry Jones threw 46 for 71 (both school records), three TDs and 500 yards (his second 500-yard game in a row) to bring his career total to 16,124 passing yards and to pass Texas Tech's Graham Harrell to become the Big 12's all-time leader in career passing yards. Two games later he'd finish his career with 16,646 passing yards.[28] Oklahoma State RB Joseph Randle's 4 TDs tied for the most of his career,[29] and Sooner WR Justin Brown's 15 receptions tied the school record for most receptions in a game with Jalen Saunders's total against Notre Dame earlier in the season and Ryan Broyles's total against Iowa State in 2010.[30] The combined score of 99 points is the second most in a Bedlam game, behind only the 102 points scored in the 2008 matchup. The 48 points OSU scored were the most they had ever scored in a Bedlam game, both in a loss or a win. This was the first Bedlam game in the series to go into overtime; there had been seven ties, but they had all come before the OT rules had been put into place in the 1995 bowl season.[27] The win gave Oklahoma their eighth Big 12 title and a bid to the Cotton Bowl Classic, where they were defeated by their old conference foe Texas A&M. The Cowboys went on to the Heart of Dallas Bowl, where they beat the Purdue Boilermakers.

2013[edit]

OU pulls third upset in five years: 33–24, Oklahoma Sooners

No. 18 Oklahoma Sooners at No. 6 Oklahoma State Cowboys
1 2 3 4 Total
No. 18 Oklahoma 7 3 7 16 33
No. 6 Oklahoma State 7 3 7 7 24

On December 7, 2013, the latest in the year a Bedlam game has been played to date, No. 17 Oklahoma was trying to upset their rival in Stillwater and possibly get an at-large bid to a BCS bowl, while No. 6 Oklahoma State was attempting to beat OU for just the second time in 11 years. A win would also give them their second Big 12 title in the last three years. The Sooners' #17 ranking was their lowest coming into the game since 2009, when they were unranked. The game was played before a crowd of 58,520, the largest crowd to see a Stillwater-Bedlam game in history. This was only the sixth time in the 108-year history of the Bedlam Series that OSU came into the game ranked higher than Oklahoma, though it was the third time in the last five years.

Following a touchback by OU junior kicker Michael Hunnicutt, the Cowboys had the ball at their own 25-yard line. On the very first play of the game, Oklahoma State junior RB Desmond Roland ran it 75 yards for a touchdown, but it was called back for a holding penalty on senior WR Charlie Moore. The drive would end as a three-and-out, and after the two teams traded punts a few times, the Cowboys had the ball back on their own one-yard line. A 99-yard TD drive ensued, highlighted by a 23-yard rush by Roland, a 20-yard pass from senior quarterback Clint Chelf to junior WR Josh Stewart, and a one-yard rush by Roland for the TD to put Oklahoma State up by seven. After the kickoff, the two teams traded punts. On the punt return by the Sooners, senior PR/WR Jalen Saunders ran the ball back 64 yards for a TD, tying the game at seven. This was Saunders's second year in a row to return a punt for a TD in the Bedlam game. The first quarter would end tied at seven. On the first drive of the second quarter, OSU marched all the way to Oklahoma's eight-yard line, but after deciding to go for it on fourth down on the one-yard line, Roland was stopped at the two. The half would later end after a field goal by both teams with the scored tied at 10.

The second half began with sophomore QB Kendal Thompson leading OU after the starter, redshirt freshman Trevor Knight, was sidelined with an injury. On the very first play, however, Thompson was intercepted by sophomore CB Kevin Peterson at the Cowboy 18-yard line. Oklahoma State scored on the following drive on a 15-yard pass from Chelf to Roland. Five punts later (three by the Sooners, two by OSU), the Cowboys had the ball back, but after five plays Chelf was intercepted by junior DB Julian Wilson at the Oklahoma 40-yard line. Halfway through the following drive by OU, the coaches decided to replace QB Thompson with junior QB Blake Bell, who had started eight games earlier in the season. On this drive, the Sooners made it all the way to the Oklahoma State seven-yard line, but after three plays and a loss of a yard, it was fourth down, and they chose to kick a field goal. However, when the ball was snapped, holder Grant Bothun rolled to the left and threw a pass to the kicker, Hunnicutt, who took it in for the TD, tying the score at 17. The third quarter ended soon after, and after another field goal by OU and a late TD by Roland for OSU, Oklahoma was down 24-20 with the ball at their own 34-yard line with 1:46 remaining on the clock. Following seven consecutive pass plays, one at first appearing to be intercepted but ruled incomplete, OU had made it all the way to the Cowboy seven-yard line when Bell connected with Saunders for the game-winning TD. The game would end with Sooner sophomore LB Eric Striker scoring a TD after picking up a fumble on a desperate lateral attempt by Oklahoma State.[31] In the celebration following the win, a Cowboy cheerleader attempted to trip Striker, and the Sooners were pelted with snowballs and other items by the rival crowd.[32]

OSU QB Clint Chelf's 19 completions tied for his most of the season up to that point, and his 35 attempts were his second most of the season up to that point.[33] Oklahoma senior RB Brennan Clay's 24 rushes tied for the second most of his career, but his 2.9 yards per rush was the worst of his career in games with 18 or more rushes.[34] Cowboy RB Desmond Roland's 144 yards rushing was the second most of his career and his 6.9 yards per rush was the second highest of his career in games with 10 or more rushes.[35] OU sophomore WR Sterling Shepard's 112 yards receiving were the second most of his career, his seven receptions tied for the second most of his career and his 57-yard reception was the longest of his career.[36] The upset gave the Sooners an unlikely bid to play in the Sugar Bowl, where they upset the #3 Alabama Crimson Tide. OSU went on to play in the Cotton Bowl Classic, where they were defeated by former Big 12 rival Missouri.

2015[edit]

OU wins highest-ranked game since 2011 to win Big 12: 58–23, Oklahoma Sooners

No. 3 Oklahoma Sooners at No. 11 Oklahoma State Cowboys
1 2 3 4 Total
No. 3 Oklahoma 14 30 7 7 58
#11 Oklahoma State 10 10 3 0 23

On November 28, 2015, #3 Oklahoma headed to Stillwater to play rival #11 Oklahoma State in a "winner take all" for the Big 12 title and a possible spot in the College Football Playoff in what could be the biggest Bedlam game in history. The average ranking of the two teams (7) was the fourth-highest in the history of the rivalry and highest since the 2011 game four years earlier. ESPN's College GameDay was on site, with Corso picking the Pokes to win.

Oklahoma State was forced to punt on their first drive, while OU true freshman kicker Austin Seibert missed a 47-yard field goal to end theirs. On their second drive, Oklahoma State drove down all the way to the Oklahoma 29, but was forced to settle for a field goal. On the ensuing kickoff, Oklahoma's KR/RB Alex Ross returned it 90 yards to the Oklahoma State four, and a play later junior quarterback Baker Mayfield found senior wide receiver Sterling Shepard in the end zone for a four-yard touchdown, making it 7–3 OU. On the next drive, Oklahoma State moved the ball quickly, and senior QB J.W. Walsh connected with junior WR Jhajuan Seales for a 26-yard TD, putting the Pokes back on top 10–7. After both teams punted, Oklahoma had the ball back and on one play sophomore RB Samaje Perine took the handoff and ran it 68 yards to the house, making it 14–10 OU. This would be the first of five TDs in a row for OU, and after a TD by OSU and a field goal by both teams, the first half would end with a score of 44-20, OU. After an OU punt to start the second half, OSU was able to make it to the OU four but couldn't punch it in and had to settle for another field goal, their final points of the game. OU would score a TD towards the end of the third quarter on a five-yard run by Mayfield, then again in the final two and a half minutes by redshirt freshman RB Joe Mixon, and the final score became 58-23, Oklahoma winning the Big 12 title.

OU QB Baker Mayfield's 180 passing yards were his second least of the season, but his 77 rushing yards were his second most. OSU QB J.W. Walsh's 25 completions were the second most of his career, his 325 passing yards were his most of the season and his two TDs and 12 rushing attempts tied for his most of the season. However, his 59.5% completion percentage and 135.5 passer rating were his lowest of the season in games with five or more attempts and he threw his only interception of the season in this game. OU RB Joe Mixon's 136 rushing yards were the second most of his career, his 9.6 yards per rush was the highest of any game in his career with 15 or more rushes and his two TDs tied a career-high. OU RB Samaje Perine's 7.7 yards per rush was his second highest of the season in games with 15 or more rushes. OSU WR James Washington's seven receptions tied a career high, while his two kick returns for 48 yards were both career highs. On the defensive side of the ball, Jordan Thomas had 2 interceptions, one a pick-six, that he returned for a total 68 yards. For Oklahoma State, J.W. Walsh had to fill in for an injured Mason Rudolph, and was 25 for 42 for 325 yards, and two TDs along with an interception. The Cowboys couldn't establish a run game, which was needed when the passing offense wasn't working, and had 132 total rushing yards with Walsh being the leading rusher with 50 yards on 12 carries. James Washington had 7 catches for 169 yards and a TD while Jhajuan Seales had 3 receptions for 59 yards and a TD.

2016[edit]

Men's basketball[edit]

Oklahoma owns the all-time series record in men's basketball, 135–95. The Sooners swept the 2013–14, 2014–15 and 2015–16 regular season Bedlam series for the fourth and fifth time in the last 10 seasons. OSU's last series sweep came in 2004. OU is 17–6 in the last 23 Bedlam games and is now 25–18 vs. the Cowboys since the formation of the Big 12 (135-95 all-time).[37]

Wrestling[edit]

Oklahoma State holds a large advantage in the schools' wrestling rivalry, the original "Bedlam Series".[2][3] The Cowboy wrestling program currently holds a 134–27–10 record against the Sooners, which is all the more remarkable considering that both schools have long been national powers in wrestling. Oklahoma has won seven football team national championships in its history, while Oklahoma State's wrestling program has a record thirty-four team national titles.[38]

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