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There is Bedlam in college football, but for how long?

The Birth of a Rivalry

Oklahoma leads the Bedlam series with 90–19–7 record, a rivalry that began in 1904 and has been played annually since 1910. That first game, four years into the 20th century, resulted in a 75–0 win by the Sooners.

1988: Oklahoma 31 — Oklahoma State 28

The Cowboys faced a 4th down and 1 yard situation, but a personal foul call on OSU pushed them back to the 34 yard-line. QB Mike Gundy fired a pass to the end zone to an open receiver (TE Brent Parker), but the pass bounced off of Parker’s hands and the Sooners escaped with the narrow victory.

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2001: Oklahoma State 16 — Oklahoma 13

The Cowboys were facing a losing season at 3–7 in head coach Les Miles’s first season, while the Sooners were 10–1 and the defending national champions.

2014: #15 Oklahoma State 38 — #18 Oklahoma 35 OT

The Cowboys were down 28–14 at halftime. But the Cowboys came roaring back, outscoring the Sooners 21–7 in the 2nd half and holding them scoreless in the 4th quarter.

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2017: #18 Oklahoma 62 — #11 Oklahoma State 52

This was the highest-scoring game in the history of Bedlam.

2011: #3 Oklahoma State 44 — #13 Oklahoma 10

The Cowboys led the entire game. Both teams combined for 46 first downs and 853 total yards.

  • RB Joseph Randle: 19 carries, 151 yards, 2 TDs, 7.9 yards per carry.
  • RB Jeremy Smith: 10 carries, 119 yards, 2 TDs, 11.9 yards per carry.

1969: Oklahoma 28 — Oklahoma State 27

Sooners QB Steve Owens (Heisman Trophy winner) carried 55 times for 261 yards, a NCAA record at the time. But a sack of OSU QB Bob Cutburth on a 2-point conversion attempt secured the victory for the Sooners.

1985: Oklahoma 13 — Oklahoma State 0

This game was played on a 100-yard block of ice in sub-freezing temperatures.

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