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Oklahoma State Cowboys football
2014 Oklahoma State Cowboys football team
Oklahoma State University Athletics logo (four colors).svg
First season 1901
Athletic director Mike Holder
Head coach Mike Gundy
10th year, 76–36 (.679)
Home stadium Boone Pickens Stadium
Stadium capacity 60,218
Stadium surface FieldTurf
Location Stillwater, Oklahoma
Conference Big 12
All-time record 550–532–47 (.508)
Postseason bowl record 15–8 (.652)
Conference titles 10
Heisman winners 1
Consensus All-Americans 17
Current uniform
Oklahoma State Uniforms 2012-2013.png

Orange and Black

Fight song Ride 'em Cowboys
Mascot Pistol Pete
Marching band Cowboy Marching Band
Rivals Oklahoma Sooners
Tulsa Golden Hurricane
Website OKstate.com

The Oklahoma State Cowboys football program represents Oklahoma State University–Stillwater in college football. The team is a member of the Big 12 Conference and competes at the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision level. The Cowboys are led by Mike Gundy, who is in his tenth year as head coach. Oklahoma State plays their home games at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Oklahoma.


Oklahoma State plays in Boone Pickens Stadium on Lewis Field in Stillwater, Oklahoma. The original football field was inaugurated in 1913, and the first stand was built in 1920. At that time the field was repositioned from a north-south to an east-west configuration to avoid the strong prevailing winds of northern Oklahoma. To this day Boone Pickens Stadium is one of a very few major college football stadiums with an east-west configuration. By 1930 the capacity had risen to 13,000 and increased again in 1947. Major additions, including the first press box, brought the capacity to 30,000. In 1950 again seats were added and the total capacity increased to 39,000. The next renovations came in 1972 and for the next three decades the capacity hovered around 50,000. In 2003 alumnus T. Boone Pickens made a historic donation to the university for improvements to its athletic facilities, and it was announced that the stadium would be renamed in his honor. The announcement of the renovation came after two consecutive victories over the Oklahoma Sooners in the Bedlam Series. The latest renovation of the football stadium was completed in 2009, with the current capacity at 60,218.

In 2007 plans to build the Sherman E. Smith Training Center were unveiled. The 92,000 square foot indoor practice facility was completed in 2013.

Current coaching staff[edit]

Name Position
Mike Gundy Head Coach
Van Malone Safeties
Mike Yurcich Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach
Glenn Spencer Defensive Coordinator
Jemal Singelton Running Backs Coach
Jason Jones Cornerbacks Coach
Kasey Dunn Outside Receivers Coach
Jason Ray Inside Receivers Coach
Bob Connelly Offensive Line Coach
Joe Bob Clements Defensive Line Coach


An early version of Pistol Pete

The Oklahoma A&M Aggies (also referred to as the Tigers) joined their first conference for the start of the 1915 season, the Southwest Conference. In 1925, the Oklahoma A&M program joined the Missouri Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Association. In 1928, the MVIAA split into the Big Six Conference and the Missouri Valley Conference. A&M was the only large school that joined the smaller MVC. In 1956, A&M announced it was joining (or rejoining, depending on one's view) what had become the Big Seven for the 1958–59 academic year. As part of a transition period, the Cowboys went independent for two years. On May 15, 1957, Oklahoma A&M changed its name to Oklahoma State University. They officially became a part of the renamed Big Eight Conference in 1958. In 1996, OSU joined with the other Big Eight schools and four schools from the old Southwest Conference to form the Big 12 Conference.

The current head coach is Mike Gundy (59–30 and 4–2 in bowl appearances). During Gundy's playing career, the Cowboys enjoyed their greatest success, including two of the four 10-win seasons in school history. Also during this era, in 1988, in what has been called the greatest season in college football history,[1] Barry Sanders led the nation by averaging 7.6 yards per carry and over 200 yards per game, including rushing for over 300 yards in four games. He set college football season records with 2,628 yards rushing, 3,249 total yards, 234 points, 39 touchdowns, of which 37 were rushing (also a record), five consecutive 200 yard games, scored at least two touchdowns in eleven consecutive games, and 9 times he scored at least three touchdowns. Sanders won the Heisman Trophy as the season's best player.[2]

Texas at OSU, 2007

This success came at a price, however. Only days after the end of the school's second straight 10-win season, OSU and the NCAA released the results of an unusual joint investigation. The report detailed a staggering litany of misconduct dating to before the Johnson era, principally involvement in a "bidding war" for high school phenom Hart Lee Dykes. The Cowboys were slapped with four years' probation, a three-year bowl ban and a two-year ban from live television. However, the most serious long-term sanction was a limit of 20 scholarships from 1989 to 1992. As a result of the sanctions, the Cowboys only had one winning season from 1989 to 2001.

The OSU football program is in the process of establishing itself as a major college football contender, participating in 22 bowl games overall, including the last six consecutive years. There have been 34 All-Americans to play for the Cowboys, with many coming from ranks of running backs. The Cowboys have won 10 conference championships and the team has had one Heisman Trophy winner and two members go onto the NFL Hall of Fame.

Les Miles era (2001–2004)[edit]

In 2001, the Oklahoma State job became vacant when Bob Simmons resigned and a search produced Dirk Koetter as the new head coach. Hours after accepting the job, Koetter reneged on his offer to coach Arizona State.[3] The next two candidates were Les Miles and Mike Gundy. Miles was hired as head coach and Gundy as the offensive coordinator. In his first year, Miles would achieve a 4–7 record. In the regular season finale, his underdog Cowboys would defeat the reigning National Champion Oklahoma Sooners in Norman 16–13. In 2002, Miles would post a 7–5 regular season record. The Cowboys would again defeat the Oklahoma Sooners. The team would go on to three straight bowl games in Miles's last three years as head coach and when Miles left in 2004 to take the LSU job.

Mike Gundy era (2005–present)[edit]

Mike Gundy was named immediately as Miles' successor and the 22nd head coach at Oklahoma State. His first season saw the expulsion of eleven players from the team and the Cowboys struggled to a 4–7 record winning only one Big 12 conference game. In his second season, the Cowboy offense began to click and the Cowboys would finish 7–6 including a victory over the Alabama Crimson Tide in the Independence Bowl. In 2007, the Cowboys again posted a 6–6 regular season record and a bowl win over the Indiana Hoosiers in the Insight Bowl. After their second straight bowl appearance, Gundy was rewarded with a contract extension through the 2013 season.

After posting a 9–3 regular season record in 2008, Coach Gundy received a new seven-year contract worth $15.7 million. The contract, which extends through the 2015 season, was taken into effect on January 1, 2009.[4] Gundy's tenure as head coach of the Cowboys has seen the rise and expansion of not only his football program, but the football facilities as well. The Cowboys began the 2009 season ranked #9 in the country in the AP Top 25, but the dreams of a miracle season were crushed when the Pokes lost 45-35 to the unranked Houston Cougars at home the following week, and later finding out that star wide receiver Dez Bryant was ruled ineligible for the remainder of the season, for lying to the NCAA about having contact with 8-time pro bowler Deion Sanders, which wasn't an NCAA violation in the first place. The following year, Oklahoma State hired Offensive Coordinator Dana Holgorsen from the University of Houston. In 2010 coach Gundy recorded the first ever 11-win season in Oklahoma State history. What was supposed to be a rebuilding year turned into the best in school history.[5]

Under Gundy there have been a series of NFL quality wide receivers to come through Boone Pickens Stadium. These include Adarius Bowman, Dez Bryant, and Justin Blackmon.

On December 3, 2011, the Cowboys won their first Big-12 Championship in school history with a 44-10 victory over rival Oklahoma in the Bedlam Series. The nationally third-ranked Cowboys eventually went on to win the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl by beating fourth-ranked Stanford in overtime, 41-38, on January 2, 2012.

Allegations of Misconduct by Sports Illustrated[edit]

On September 10, 2013, Sports Illustrated published the first of 5 stories alleging misconduct during Les Miles tenure and extending into the Mike Gundy era. Writers Thayer Evans and George Dohrmann reportedly engaged in a 10-month long investigation into wrongdoing throughout the early-mid 2000's of the Oklahoma State Football program. The first installment "The Money" made allegations of illicit gifts, overzealous boosters, no-show jobs, and a bounty system in place.[6] The second installment, "The Academics" alleged academic fraud, steering athletes into easy pass or no show classes, and grade tampering. The third installment, "The Drugs" painted a picture of a drug culture, in which the players were selling drugs, and the school did little to curtail drug usage. The fourth installment, "The Sex" was heavily edited by all accounts, considering it's late online release time. This installment revealed a hostess program where the head coaches oversaw the application process, and writers implied the hostesses were expected to have sex with recruits. The final installment "The Fallout" told the tale of Artrell Woods, who had left school after a horrific accident from which he had recovered. While at first shocking to fans and media, Oklahoma State immediately pledged transparency. Athletic Director Mike Holder held a press conference the day before the release and apologized for the bad publicity, and promised to investigate the claims. OSU then hired independent investigator, Charles Smrt to conduct a thorough investigation into the allegations. ESPN later debunked several of the claims in the story by simply calling OSU's registrar and obtaining a transcript from Tatum Bell that proved he was not in school during stated timelines. Further controversy began to surround the SI article when Jason Whitlock, a former colleague of Evans, claimed that he was a huge fan of the University of Oklahoma.[7] Brandon Weeden also was able to point to unprofessional behavior from Evans displayed during a press conference.[8] DeadSpin also found out that many crucial professors and tutors never were interviewed for the story.[9]

In June 2014, John Talley, a spokesperson for the FCA chapter at Oklahoma State had filed a lawsuit against Dohrmann, Time Inc., and Evans for false-light accusations which painted him as an overzealous booster.[10] In his lawsuit, Talley is seeking damages of $75,000. In July 2014, OSU confirmed that the NCAA had been investigating the allegations.[11]

Logos and uniforms[edit]

Throughout the 2000s the Cowboys had four main uniform combinations. For the 2011 football season, it was revealed that Nike had created new uniforms for the Cowboys, offering three different helmet options in either gray, black, or white. New jerseys and pants consisting of black, orange, grey and white also came aboard, allowing for up to 48 different variations. The Cowboys debuted their new gray uniforms for the first game of the 2011 season. During the 2012 season, new carbon fiber gray helmets replaced the matte gray that had been used in 2011. In a home game against Iowa State, the Cowboys debuted the new orange helmets, along with a new Pistol Pete decal. This would bring the different uniform combinations up to 64.[12]

2011 Season[edit]

Many combinations of the new Nike uniforms were worn during the 2011 season, chosen before the season by a committee of players and the Cowboys equipment manager, Wes Edwards. Kicking things off against Louisiana–Lafayette the Cowboys showed up in white-grey-white. While hosting Arizona fans saw white-black-black, only to see white-white-black at Tulsa. At Texas A&M they donned grey-white-grey; against Kansas, black-black-orange; at Texas, black-white-black; and against Missouri, white-white-white. In years past, homecoming signaled an all orange occasion, but this season the Cowboys faced Baylor in grey-orange-grey. They concluded their regular season finale with an inspiring black-orange-black combination.

2012 Season[edit]

During the 2012 season, fans saw only a few repeated combinations from the previous year. The most notable change was the addition of the orange helmet, and the addition of new decals. For the first time since 1979, the Cowboys took the field in "All Orange" against Iowa State for Homecoming. The Cowboys logos would include a Pistol Pete logo, as well as what fans refer to as "Phantom Pete". The "OSU" Branded logo was now featured in different variants, to reflect the helmet being worn. The Cowboys also rolled out a new carbon fiber gray helmet.

2013 Season[edit]

Many of the same combinations as 2011, 2012. No carbon fiber worn this year. The Cowboys would wear white helmets 3 times that now included an orange and black stripe down the middle of the helmet.

Past Uniforms[edit]



Main article: Bedlam Series

The first Bedlam game was held at Island 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.[2] Thus was the beginning of Bedlam.

Author Steve Budin, whose father was a New York bookie, has recently publicized the claim that the 1954 "Bedlam" game against rival OU was fixed by mobsters in his book Bets, Drugs, and Rock & Roll (ISBN 1-60239-099-1).[13] 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.[14] The University of Oklahoma leads the Bedlam Series in football 84–17–7.


All time series, Oklahoma State leading 40–27-5, winning the most recent match up in 2011, 59-33.[15] Since 1990 Tulsa is 3-9 versus Oklahoma State with the Cowboys scoring at least 36 points in each of the last four contests. The Cowboys have a twenty game home winning streak against Tulsa. The last time Tulsa won in Stillwater was 1951.[16]

Conference (seasons as member)[edit]

  • Independent (1901–1914)
  • Southwest Conference (1915–1924)
  • MVIAA (1925–1927)
  • Missouri Valley Conference (1928–1956)
  • Independent (1957–1959)
  • Big Eight Conference (1960–1995)
  • Big 12 Conference (1996–Present)


Oklahoma State Cowboys Football Scout.com team recruiting rankings:

Class Scout.com
Commits Top Commit
2013 25 23 Marcell Ateman
2012 24 24 Greg Brantley
2011 18 26 Herschel Sims
2010 18 27 Shaun Lewis
2009 45 24 Dexter Pratt
2008 40 27 Alfred Dupree
2007 24 22 Richetti Jones
2006 16 29 Perrish Cox
2005 64 21 Quinton Moore
2004 33 18 Bobby Reid
2003 29 30 Xavier Lawson-Kennedy
2002 32 14 Lance Carson


OSU has won 8 Missouri Valley Conference Championships, 1 Big 8 conference Championship, and 1 Big 12 Conference Championship.

Year Overall Record Conference Record Coach Conference
1925 2-5-1 John Maulbetsch Missouri Valley Conference
1930† 7-2-1 Lynn O. Waldorf Missouri Valley Conference
1932 9-1-2 Lynn O. Waldorf Missouri Valley Conference
1933† 6-2-1 Lynn O. Waldorf Missouri Valley Conference
1944 8-1 Jim Lookabaugh Missouri Valley Conference
1945 9-0 Jim Lookabaugh Missouri Valley Conference
1948 6-4 Jim Lookabaugh Missouri Valley Conference
1953† 7-3 J.B. Whitworth Missouri Valley Conference
1976† 9-3 5-2 Jim Stanley Big 8 Conference
2011 12-1 8-1 Mike Gundy Big 12 Conference
Total 10 - -

† Denotes shared title

Individual honors[edit]

Barry Sanders, 1988
Barry Sanders, 1988
Barry Sanders, 1988
Matt Fodge, 2008
Justin Blackmon, 2010
Justin Blackmon, 2011
Dan Bailey, 2010

Cowboys in the NFL[edit]

Year by year records[edit]

Year Wins-Losses-Ties Bowl Games
1901 2–3
1902 0–0
1903 0–2–2
1904 0–5
1905 1–3–2
1906 1–4–2
1907 1–3–1
1908 4–3
1909 5–3
1910 3–4
1911 5–2
1912 6–2
1913 4–3
1914 6–2–1
1915 4–5–1
1916 4–4
1917 4–5
1918 4–2
1919 3–3–2
1920 0–7–1
1921 5–4–1
1922 5–4–1
1923 2–8
1924 6–1–2
1925 2–5–1
1926 3–4–1
1927 4–4
1928 1–7
1929 4–3–2
1930 7–2–1
1931 8–2–1
1932 9–1–2
1933 6–2–1
1934 4–5–1
1935 3–7
1936 1–9
1937 4–6
1938 2–8
1939 5–4–1
1940 6–3–1
1941 5–4
1942 6–3–1
1943 3–4
1944 8–1 Cotton Bowl Classic vs. Texas Christian 34–0 (W)
1945 9–0 Sugar Bowl vs. Saint Mary's 33–13 (W)
1946 3–7–1
1947 3–7
1948 6–4 Delta Bowl vs. William & Mary 0–20 (L)
1949 4–4–2
1950 4–6–1
1951 3–7
1952 3–7
1953 7–3
1954 5–4–1
1955 2–8
1956 3–5–2
1957 6–3–1
1958 8–3 Bluegrass Bowl vs. Florida State 15–6 (W)
1959 6–4
1960 3–7 (2–5)
1961 4–6 (2–5)
1962 4–6 (2–5)
1963 1–8 (0–6)
1964 4–6 (3–4)
1965 3–7 (2–5)
1966 4–5–1 (4–2–1)
1967 4–5–1 (3–4)
1968 3–7 (2–5)
1969 5–5 (3–4)
1970 4–7 (2–5)
1971 4–6–1 (2–5)
1972 6–5 (4–3)
1973 5–4–2 (2–3–2)
1974 7–5 (4–3) Fiesta Bowl vs. BYU 16–6 (W)
1975 7–4 (3–4)
1976 9–3 (5–2) Tangerine Bowl vs. BYU 49–21 (W)
1977 4–7 (2–5)
1978 3–8 (3–4)
1979 7–4 (5–2)
1980 4–7 (3–4)
1981 6–6 (3–4) Independence Bowl vs. Texas A&M16–33 (L)
1982 4–5–2 (3–2–2)
1983 8–4 (3–4) Bluebonnet Bowl vs. Baylor 24–14 (W)
1984 10–2 (5–2) Gator Bowl vs. South Carolina 21–14 (W)
1985 8–4 (4–3) Gator Bowl vs. Florida State 23–34 (L)
1986 6–5 (4–3)
1987 10–2 (5–2) Sun Bowl vs. West Virginia 35–33 (W)
1988 10–2 (5–2) Holiday Bowl vs. Wyoming 62–14 (W)
1989 4–7 (3–4)
1990 4–7 (2–5)
1991 0–10–1 (0–6–1)
1992 4–6–1 (2–4–1)
1993 3–8 (0–7)
1994 3–7–1 (0–6–1)
1995 4–8 (2–5)
1996 5–6 (2–6)
1997 8–4 (5–3) Alamo Bowl vs. Purdue 20–33 (L)
1998 5–6 (3–5)
1999 5–6 (3–5)
2000 3–8 (1–7)
2001 4–7 (2–6)
2002 8–5 (5–3) Houston Bowl vs. Southern Miss 33–23 (W)
2003 9–4 (5–3) Cotton Bowl Classic vs. Ole Miss 28–31 (L)
2004 7–5 (4–4) Alamo Bowl vs. Ohio State 7–33 (L)
2005 4–7 (1–7)
2006 7–6 (3–5) Independence Bowl vs. Alabama 34–31 (W)
2007 7–6 (4–4) Insight Bowl vs. Indiana 49–33 (W)
2008 9–4 (5–3) Holiday Bowl vs. Oregon 31–42 (L)
2009 9–4 (6–2) Cotton Bowl Classic vs. Ole Miss 21–7 (L)
2010 11–2 (6–2) Alamo Bowl vs. Arizona 36–10 (W)
2011 12–1 (8–1) Fiesta Bowl vs. Stanford 41–38 (W)
2012 8–5 (5–4) Heart of Dallas Bowl vs. Purdue 58–14 (W)
2013 10–3 (7–2) A&T Cotton Bowl vs. Missouri 31–41 (L)
Total 550–532–47

Final rankings[edit]

Season Record Conf AP Rank Coaches Rank
1945 9-0-0 (1-0-0) 5 N/A
1958 8-3-0 N/A 19 -
1976 9-3-0 (5-2-0) 14 14
1983 8-4-0 (5-2-0) - 18
1984 10-2-0 (5-2-0) 7 5
1987 10-2-0 (5-2-0) 11 12
1988 10-2-0 (5-2-0) 11 11
1997 8-4 (5-3) 24 24
2008 9-4 (5-3) 16 18
2009 9-4 (6-2) - 25
2010 11-2 (6-2) 13 10
2011 12-1 (8-1) 3 3
2013 10-3 (7-2) 17 17

See also[edit]

Future non-conference opponents[edit]

2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
at Central Michigan vs Southeastern Louisiana vs Tulsa vs South Alabama at Tulsa vs Tulsa vs Tulsa
vs Central Arkansas vs Central Michigan at Pittsburgh vs Boise State vs South Alabama at Boise State
vs UTSA vs Pittsburgh at South Alabama vs Central Michigan



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