Bedlam Series

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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 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]

Bedlam Series (Football)
First meeting November 6, 1904
Oklahoma 75, Oklahoma A&M 0
Latest meeting December 3, 2016
Oklahoma 38, Oklahoma State 20
Next meeting 2017
Statistics
Meetings total 111
All-time series Oklahoma leads, 86–18–7
Largest victory Oklahoma, 75–0 (1904)
Longest win streak Oklahoma, 19 (1946–1964)
Current win streak Oklahoma, 2 (2015–present)

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 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. OU won 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 86–18–7. [7][needs update] 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 Winner Score Attendance
1 November 6, 1904 Guthrie Oklahoma 75–0
2 October 19, 1906 Stillwater Oklahoma 23–0
3 November 9, 1907 Norman Oklahoma 67–0
4 October 3, 1908 Stillwater Oklahoma 18–0
5 October 21, 1910 Norman Oklahoma 12–0
6 October 20, 1911 Stillwater Oklahoma 22–0
7 November 16, 1912 Norman Oklahoma 16–0
8 November 21, 1913 Stillwater Oklahoma 7–0
9 November 6, 1914 Norman Oklahoma 28–6
10 November 25, 1915 Oklahoma City Oklahoma 26–7 5,000
11 November 30, 1916 Oklahoma City Oklahoma 41–7
12 November 29, 1917 Oklahoma City Oklahoma A&M 9–0
13 November 28, 1918 Oklahoma City Oklahoma 27–0
14 November 27, 1919 Oklahoma City Oklahoma 33–6
15 November 13, 1920 Stillwater Oklahoma 36–0
16 October 15, 1921 Norman Oklahoma 6–0
17 November 25, 1922 Stillwater Tie 3–3
18 October 27, 1923 Norman Oklahoma 12–0
19 November 1, 1924 Stillwater Oklahoma A&M 6–0
20 November 26, 1925 Norman Oklahoma 35–0
21 November 25, 1926 Stillwater Tie 14–14
22 November 19, 1927 Norman Oklahoma A&M 13–7
23 November 24, 1928 Stillwater Oklahoma 46–0
24 November 23, 1929 Norman Tie 0–0
25 November 22, 1930 Stillwater Oklahoma A&M 7–0
26 November 26, 1931 Norman Tie 0–0
27 October 29, 1932 Stillwater Oklahoma A&M 7–0
28 November 23, 1933 Norman Oklahoma A&M 13–0
29 November 22, 1934 Stillwater Tie 0–0
30 November 28, 1935 Norman Oklahoma 25–0 10,000
31 November 26, 1936 Stillwater Oklahoma 35–13
32 November 25, 1937 Norman Oklahoma 16–0
33 November 24, 1938 Stillwater #6 Oklahoma 19–0
34 October 28, 1939 Norman #6 Oklahoma 41–0
35 October 5, 1940 Norman Oklahoma 29–27
36 October 4, 1941 Norman Oklahoma 19–0 25,453
37 September 26, 1942 Stillwater Tie 0–0
38 October 2, 1943 Oklahoma City Oklahoma 22–13
39 November 25, 1944 Oklahoma City Oklahoma A&M 28–6
40 November 24, 1945 Norman #6 Oklahoma A&M 47–0 33,000
41 November 30, 1946 Stillwater #17 Oklahoma 73–12 18,500
42 November 29, 1947 Norman #20 Oklahoma 21–13 33,945
43 November 27, 1948 Stillwater #6 Oklahoma 19–15 30,000
44 November 26, 1949 Norman #3 Oklahoma 41–0 47,937
45 December 2, 1950 Stillwater #1 Oklahoma 41–14 28,530
46 December 1, 1951 Norman #10 Oklahoma 41–6 33,103
47 November 29, 1952 Stillwater #4 Oklahoma 54–7 21,408
48 November 28, 1953 Norman #4 Oklahoma 42–7 50,524
49 November 27, 1954 Stillwater #3 Oklahoma 14–0 38,000
50 November 26, 1955 Norman #1 Oklahoma 53–0 40,182
51 December 1, 1956 Stillwater #1 Oklahoma 53–0 36,500
52 November 30, 1957 Norman #5 Oklahoma 53–6 52,366
53 November 29, 1958 Stillwater #3 Oklahoma 7–0 37,014
54 November 28, 1959 Norman #17 Oklahoma 17–7 59,136
55 November 26, 1960 Stillwater Oklahoma 17–6 32,381
56 December 2, 1961 Norman Oklahoma 21–13 52,598
# Date Location Winner Score Attendance
57 December 1, 1962 Stillwater #8 Oklahoma 37–6 35,757
58 November 30, 1963 Norman #10 Oklahoma 34–10 50,678
59 November 28, 1964 Stillwater Oklahoma 21–16 36,987
60 December 4, 1965 Norman Oklahoma State 17–16 54,876
61 December 3, 1966 Stillwater Oklahoma State 15–14 36,581
62 December 2, 1967 Norman #3 Oklahoma 38–14 62,038
63 November 30, 1968 Stillwater #11 Oklahoma 41–7 38,515
64 November 29, 1969 Stillwater Oklahoma 28–27 41,315
65 November 28, 1970 Norman Oklahoma 66–6 60,300
66 December 4, 1971 Stillwater #3 Oklahoma 58–14 36,571
67 December 2, 1972 Norman #3 Oklahoma 38–15 62,363
68 December 1, 1973 Stillwater #2 Oklahoma 45–18 50,964
69 November 30, 1974 Norman #1 Oklahoma 44–13 62,619
70 November 1, 1975 Stillwater #2 Oklahoma 27–7 49,358
71 October 23, 1976 Norman Oklahoma State 31–24 72,041
72 November 5, 1977 Stillwater #3 Oklahoma 61–28 50,088
73 November 18, 1978 Norman #4 Oklahoma 62–7 72,339
74 November 3, 1979 Stillwater #7 Oklahoma 38–7 51,453
75 November 29, 1980 Norman #6 Oklahoma 63–14 75,681
76 November 28, 1981 Stillwater Oklahoma 27–3 51,100
77 October 23, 1982 Norman #20 Oklahoma 27–9 76,406
78 October 15, 1983 Stillwater #15 Oklahoma 21–20 50,440
79 November 24, 1984 Norman #2 Oklahoma 24–14 76,198
80 November 30, 1985 Stillwater #3 Oklahoma 13–0 44,000
81 October 18, 1986 Norman #5 Oklahoma 19–0 76,022
82 November 7, 1987 Norman #1 Oklahoma 29–10 75,004
83 November 5, 1988 Stillwater #8 Oklahoma 31–28 50,440
84 October 7, 1989 Norman #16 Oklahoma 37–15 74,610
85 October 6, 1990 Stillwater #7 Oklahoma 31–17 49,800
86 November 16, 1991 Norman #18 Oklahoma 21–6 68,778
87 November 14, 1992 Stillwater Tie 15–15 50,440
88 November 13, 1993 Norman #17 Oklahoma 31–0 65,275
89 November 13, 1994 Stillwater Oklahoma 33–14 50,116
90 November 11, 1995 Norman Oklahoma State 12–0 75,004
91 November 8, 1996 Stillwater Oklahoma 27–17 51,416
92 November 8, 1997 Norman #25 Oklahoma State 30–7 72,422
93 October 24, 1998 Stillwater Oklahoma State 41–26 50,614
94 November 27, 1999 Norman Oklahoma 44–7 75,374
95 November 25, 2000 Stillwater #1 Oklahoma 12–7 48,500
96 November 24, 2001 Norman Oklahoma State 16–13 75,537
97 November 30, 2002 Stillwater Oklahoma State 38–28 48,500
98 November 1, 2003 Norman #1 Oklahoma 52–9 84,027
99 October 30, 2004 Stillwater #2 Oklahoma 38–35 48,837
100 November 26, 2005 Norman Oklahoma 42–14 84,875
101 November 25, 2006 Stillwater #13 Oklahoma 27–21 42,819
102 November 24, 2007 Norman #10 Oklahoma 49–17 85,238
103 November 29, 2008 Stillwater #3 Oklahoma 61–41 49,031
104 November 28, 2009 Norman Oklahoma 27–0 85,606
105 November 27, 2010 Stillwater #14 Oklahoma 47–41 51,164
106 December 3, 2011 Stillwater #3 Oklahoma State 44–10 58,141
107 November 24, 2012 Norman #13 Oklahoma 51–48OT 85,824
108 December 7, 2013 Stillwater #17 Oklahoma 33–24 58,520
109 December 6, 2014 Norman Oklahoma State 38–35OT 85,312
110 November 28, 2015 Stillwater #5 Oklahoma 58–23 58,231
111 December 3, 2016 Norman #9 Oklahoma 38–20 87,527
Series: Oklahoma leads 86–18–7

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 2017. 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).[8]

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.[9]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Bedlam Series – Oklahoma State Official Athletic Site". Okstate.com. Retrieved 2012-11-24. 
  2. ^ a b c "Postscript: The Historic Field House" (PDF). Sooner Magazine. Summer 2011. p. 32. 
  3. ^ a b c "Facilities: Gallagher-Iba Arena (Oklahoma State Official Athletic Site)". Retrieved 14 November 2011. 
  4. ^ Long, Charles F. (September 1965). "With Optimism For the Morrow: A History of The University of Oklahoma". Sooner Magazine. 
  5. ^ Budin, Steve with Schaller, Bob (2007). Bets, Drugs, and Rock & Roll: The Rise and Fall of the World's First Offshore Sports Gambling Empire. Skyhorse Publishing. ISBN 1-60239-099-1. 
  6. ^ "Book claims '54 Bedlam Game was fixed by mob". ESPN. Archived from the original on 18 October 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-02. 
  7. ^ "Game Notes". SoonerSports.com. Retrieved 2010-11-28. 
  8. ^ "Bedlam basketball debate | Berry Tramel's Blog". Blog.newsok.com. 2009-06-29. Retrieved 2012-11-24. 
  9. ^ "History – Past Champions". NCAA. Archived from the original on 17 November 2006. Retrieved 2006-12-11. 

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