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Bedlam Series

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Originated 1900 (track and field)
1904 (football)

The Bedlam Series (officially known for sponsorship purposes as The Blue Cross and Blue Shield Of Oklahoma 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.


The Bedlam Series[1]
Oklahoma State (5) Oklahoma (10)

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.


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 Bodin 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]

██ University of Oklahoma win ██ Oklahoma State win ██ Tie

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

Notable games[edit]


First Ranked Matchup Since 1988: 52-9, Oklahoma Sooners

#14 Oklahoma State Cowboys at #1 Oklahoma Sooners
1 2 3 4 Total
#14 Oklahoma State 0 3 6 0 9
#1 Oklahoma 10 14 14 14 52


Highest Scoring Game: 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
  • Date: November 29, 2008
  • Location: Boone Pickens Stadium, Stillwater, OK
  • Game start: 7:08 PM CST
  • Elapsed time: 3:33
  • Game attendance: 49,031
  • Game weather: 46 °F (8 °C) • Wind: calm • Weather: cloudy
  • Referee: Randy Christal
  • TV announcers (ABC): Brent Musburger (play-by-play), Kirk Herbstreit (analyst), Lisa Salters (sideline)

On November 29, 2008, #11 Oklahoma State came into the 103rd Bedlam game ranked the highest they had been coming into the game since the 1984 matchup when they came in at #3, while #3 Oklahoma came in ranked the highest they had been coming into the game since the 2004 game just four years earlier, when they were #2. OSU was trying desperately to break their 5-year Bedlam losing streak and keep one of their best seasons in decades going, while OU 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 Oklahoma State junior QB Zac Robinson, a 20-yard TD-rush by Oklahoma sophomore RB DeMarco Murray, then later a 28-yard field goal by OSU sophomore kicker Dan Bailey ended the quarter with OU up 7-3. The second quarter was higher scoring than the first, but still less so than the last two. On a drive that started in the first quarter, the Cowboys scored a TD on a 23-yard pass from QB Robinson to sophomore RB Kendall Hunter. After the kickoff, the Sooners went on a 14 play, 79-yard drive highlighted by a 14-yard run by RB Murray to start off 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 line of six TD drives in a row by the Sooners. Following the next kickoff, Oklahoma State 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, Oklahoma. 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. OSU started the half with an eight play, 81-yard drive with a 6-yard TD pass from QB Robinson to sophomore WR Dez Bryant to finish it. After the TD, the score was 21-19, and the Cowboys decided to go for two. This turned out to be an ill-fated decision, however, because on the two-point conversion attempt, QB Robinson fumbled the ball, and it was recovered and returned 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 QB 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. The quarter began on an Oklahoma State drive that started in the third quarter. QB Robinson completed a 38-yard pass to senior TE Brandon Pettigrew, and two plays later he completed another pass to WR Bryant for a 17-yard TD. OSU 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 the Cowboys got on those eight points would be short lived, however, as Oklahoma RB Murray returned the following kickoff 68 yards to the Oklahoma State 27-yard line. Six plays later, the last being a one-yard pass from Bradford to junior TE Brody Eldridge for the TD, and OU was again up by 10. But, on the ensuing kickoff, OSU junior KR/CB Perrish Cox ran it back 90 yards for the TD to make the score 44-41 and put the Cowboys within three points again. Unfortunately for Oklahoma State, that would be their final score, as the Sooners would score 17 unanswered points to win the game, 61-41.[8]

Oklahoma QB Sam Bradford threw 30-44, his 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's QB Zac Robinson had a pretty average passing game, but his running game was one of the best of his career. His 17 rushing attempts tied his most of his career, his 90 yards was his most of the season, his 5.3 yards per rush was his second most of the season, and his 31-yard rush was his longest of the season.[10] OU TE Jermaine Gresham's nine receptions and 158 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 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. OSU's 41 points were the most they scored in a Bedlam game since the 1998 matchup when they beat Oklahoma, 41-26. This marked the Sooners 80th win in the Bedlam Series, which was five times as many as Oklahoma State had at the time. The win propelled Oklahoma into the Big 12 Championship game, helped Sam Bradford win his Heisman, and then 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 Oregon.


First Upset by OU in Series History: 27-0, Oklahoma Sooners

#12 Oklahoma State Cowboys at Oklahoma Sooners
1 2 3 4 Total
#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 the largest crowd to see a Bedlam game to that point, a total 85,606 people, #12 Oklahoma State came to Norman to try and break their 6-year Bedlam losing streak while also trying to get into their first BCS bowl, while unranked Oklahoma was trying to keep that streak alive and upset the Cowboys. This was only the third time in the 104-year history of the Bedlam Series that OSU was ranked higher than OU going into the game. The last time it happened was the 1997 matchup, when #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 3. After forcing Oklahoma State to punt, the Sooners had the ball back and were looking to get some more points. Two passes from Oklahoma freshman QB Landry Jones to sophomore WR Ryan Broyles for a total gain of 52 yard, and then a 13-yard rush by junior RB DeMarco Murray, and OU had a TD to put them up 10-0. Halftime came without another score. On the opening drive of the second half, the Sooners went 78 yards on 18 plays, which included an 18-yard pass to Broyles, a 10-yard rush by senior RB Chris Brown, 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. After the kickoff and a punt by each team, Oklahoma State had the ball on their own 27-yard line. On the first play of the drive, OSU senior QB Zac Robinson was picked off by junior safety Jonathan Nelson on the 50-yard line, who then returned it 37 yards to the Cowboys 13-yard line. Two rushes later by RB Murray, and 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] and Oklahoma State RB Keith Toston's 47 yards were his least since the previous Bedlam game in 2010.[15] Amazingly, OSU went 0-14 on third down conversions, didn't even try 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 Oklahoma State was shutout in the Bedlam game since '93. After the regular season, the Cowboys would go to the Cotton Bowl, where they'd be upset by Ole Miss, and OU would go to the Sun Bowl, where they'd upset Stanford.


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, OK on November 27, 2010. #9 Oklahoma State was looking to beat #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 Oklahoma receiving the kickoff. After a punt by each team, OU had the ball back on their own 18 yard-line. The Sooners went on an 82-yard drive that was 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, and ended with a 6-yard TD run by freshman FB Trey Millard. A few drives later, Oklahoma State was on the board with a 23-yard field goal by senior kicker Dan Bailey, and the first quarter would end with Oklahoma up 7-3. A drive that started in the first quarter ended with Jones throwing a 2-yard TD pass to Broyles. On the next drive, OSU 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 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 by Oklahoma State coming on the first drive. This was an 8-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 get a field goal, and after a failed onside kick, Oklahoma ended the game with a thrilling 47-41 victory.[16]

Oklahoma QB Landry Jones' 468 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] Oklahoma State QB Brandon Weeden's 257 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] Cowboy RB Kendall Hunter's 55 yards were the second least of his season, and his 4.2 average yards per rush was the lowest of his season.[19] OU RB Roy Finch's 16 rush attempts were tied for the most of his career,[20] and Sooner WR Cameron Kenney's 6 receptions, 141 yards and two TDs were all career highs.[21] Oklahoma State WR Justin Blackmon's 105 yards receiving were the least of his season.[22] The win put OU into the Big 12 Championship game, and then into the Fiesta Bowl, where they beat Connecticut. OSU went on to the Alamo Bowl and beat Arizona.


OSU Breaks Their 8-year Bedlam Losing Streak: 44-10, Oklahoma State Cowboys

#11 Oklahoma Sooners at #5 Oklahoma State Cowboys
1 2 3 4 Total
#11 Oklahoma 0 3 0 7 10
#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 two teams tied for the second highest average ranking (6.5) in series history, behind the 1984 matchup and tied with the 1987 game. OSU's #3 ranking was the highest it was ranked coming into the Bedlam game since 1984. This year, Oklahoma State 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. Oklahoma, on the other hand, was trying to upset OSU for the third year in a row and get their ninth Bedlam win in a row, which would also get them a share of their 8th Big 12 title and their second in a row. This was only the 5th time in the 106-year history of the Bedlam Series that OSU was ranked higher than OU going into the game. The last time was the year before, when the #14 Sooners upset the #10 Cowboys in Stillwater.[23]

The game started out great for Oklahoma State, and pretty much stayed that way. After three punts (two by Oklahoma and one by OSU), the Cowboys finally put it into the endzone. On the following drive, OU junior QB Landry Jones was intercepted in the OSU endzone by Oklahoma State defender Broderick Brown. The Cowboys 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, QB Jones fumbled the football at the Oklahoma State 19-yard line, and OSU DE Jamie Blatnick returned it to the Sooner 1-yard line. On the next play, sophomore RB Joseph Randle took it in for the score to make it 17-0, OSU. The second half ended at 24-3, Cowboys up by 21. The third quarter was even more lopsided than the first two. Oklahoma State scored 20 points to go into the fourth quarter up by a score of 44-3. The final score came with under 2:40 left in the game, when OU backup freshman QB Blake Bell scored on a meaningless 28-yard rushing TD.[23]

Oklahoma State RB Joseph Randle's 151 rushing yards were his second most of the season.[24] Oklahoma QB Landry Jones' passer rating of 88 was his lowest since Oklahoma's loss to Nebraska in 2009 in his freshman season. His 250 yards was his second lowest of the season behind only his 199 yards against Florida State and his two interceptions were tied for the most of his season. Also, his 23-yard longest pass was his shortest longest pass in a game he started in his entire career.[17] OSU RB Jeremy Smith's 119 yards were his second most of the season, and his two TDs tied for the most of his season.[25] The final score of 44-10 was the most points Oklahoma State had scored and the largest margin of victory the Cowboys had had since the 1945 Bedlam game, when #6 Oklahoma State demolished unranked OU, 47-0. OSU won their first Big 12 title and went on to their first BCS bowl game, where they beat Stanford in overtime in the Fiesta Bowl. The Sooners went to the Insight Bowl and beat Iowa.


First Overtime Game: 51-48 (OT), Oklahoma Sooners

#22 Oklahoma State Cowboys at #14 Oklahoma Sooners
1 2 3 4 OT Total
#22 Oklahoma State 14 10 14 7 3 48
#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 solidify their chance at getting at least a share of the conference title. 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.[26] Oklahoma senior QB Landry Jones was making his fourth start in a Bedlam game. The only other person to have done that was the current Oklahoma State coach, Mike Gundy, when he played for the Cowboys in the late 80s.[27]

Oklahoma never led during regulation, coming back to tie it up after double digit deficits in both halves. The game started out with a missed OU field goal and then a punt by both teams. Three drives later, one ending in an interception of quarterback Jones and the other two by 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 the Sooners were starting a comeback. After the Oklahoma State field goal, Oklahoma went on a 57-yard TD-scoring drive to make it 17-10. On the next drive, OU CB Aaron Colvin intercepted OSU QB Clint Chelf at the Oklahoma 19-yard line. Two minutes and 17 seconds later, QB Jones scored his second TD of the game to tie it up at 17 all. The first half ended tied at 24. Just like the first half, OSU started off great, scoring a TD on a 75-yard pass on the first offensive play of the third quarter. OU would respond with a field goal. After a punt by both teams, OU fumbled and it was recovered by OSU, and then brought into the endzone to put the Cowboys up, 38-27. But again, the Sooners came back; following a field goal, an 81-yard punt return for a TD, then a successful two-point conversion, the scored was tied yet again. After another punt by each team, OSU 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 the Cowboys, OU 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 whole game. Slowly and steadily, Oklahoma made their way to the Oklahoma State 4-yard line. It was fourth and one with less than 30 seconds left in the game, and OU 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 make the first down, he made it into the endzone, and, after a successful extra point, the game was sent into OT with the score tied up at 45-45.[26] Oklahoma won the coin toss, and chose to take second possession. Four plays into the first OT period, it was third and six at the nine-yard line, and OU somehow found a way to breakup the Clint Chelf pass to WR Blake Jackson and force Oklahoma State to kick a field goal. The Sooners' possession went much quicker than that. Following a seven-yard rush by FB Trey Millard, RB Brennan Clay ran 18 yards into the endzone, and the 107th Bedlam game was over.[26]

Oklahoma QB Landry Jones threw 46 for 71 (both school records), 3 TDs and 500 yards (his second 500-yard game in a row) to bring his career total to 16,124 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 total yards.[28] Oklahoma State RB Joseph Randle's 4 TDs tied for the most of his career,[29] and OU WR Justin Brown's 15 receptions tied the school record for most receptions in a game with Jalen Saunders' receptions in the Notre Dame game earlier in the season and Ryan Broyles' number in a game 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 Oklahoma State scored were the most they had ever scored in a Bedlam game, both in a loss or a win. The win gave the Sooners their eighth Big 12 title and a bid to the Cotton Bowl, where they were defeated by Texas A&M. OSU went on to the Heart of Dallas Bowl, where they crushed unranked Purdue.


OU Pulls Third Upset in Five Years: 33-24, Oklahoma Sooners

#18 Oklahoma Sooners at #6 Oklahoma State Cowboys
1 2 3 4 Total
#18 Oklahoma 7 3 7 16 33
#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, #17 Oklahoma was looking to upset their rival in Stillwater to possibly get an at-large bid for a BCS bowl, while #6 Oklahoma State was attempting to beat OU for just the second time in 11 years, which would also give them their second Big 12 title in the past 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, but it was the third time in the past 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 OSU 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 at 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 OSU up by seven. After the kickoff and, a few plays later, a punt by the Sooners, OSU had the ball back, but proceeded to go three-and-out. On the ensuing punt return, senior PR/WR Jalen Saunders ran the ball 64 yards for a TD, tying the game at seven. This was Saunders' second year in a row to return a punt for a TD in the Bedlam game. The first quarter would end tied at 7. On the first drive of the second quarter, the Cowboys marched all the way to OU's eight-yard line, but after deciding to go for it on fourth down on the one, RB Roland was stopped short at the two. The half would later end after a field goal by both teams with a score of 10 all. The second half started with sophomore backup QB Kendal Thompson leading the Sooners 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 Oklahoma State 18-yard line. OSU scored on the following drive on a 15-yard pass from QB Chelf to RB Roland. Five punts later (three by Oklahoma, two by the Cowboys), Oklahoma State had the ball back, but Chelf was soon intercepted by junior DB Julian Wilson at the OU 40-yard line. Halfway through the following drive by the Sooners, the coaches decided to replace QB Thompson with junior QB Blake Bell, who had started eight games earlier in the season. On the drive, Oklahoma made it all the way to the OSU seven-yard line, but after three plays and a loss of a yard, it was fourth down, and they decided to kick a field goal. But when the ball was snapped, holder Grant Bothun rolled to the left and threw a TD pass to the kicker, Hunnicutt, on a fake field goal, tying the score at 17-17. The third quarter ended soon, and after another field goal by OU and a late TD by Roland for the Cowboys, the Sooners were down 24-20 with the ball at their own 34-yard line with 1:46 remaining on the clock. After seven pass plays, one appearing to be intercepted, but ruled incomplete, Oklahoma had made it all the way to the Oklahoma State seven-yard line. One play later, Bell connected with Saunders for the game-winning TD. The game would end with OU sophomore LB Eric Striker scoring a meaningless TD after picking up a fumble on a desperate lateral attempt by OSU.[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]

Oklahoma State QB Clint Chelf's 19 completions tied for the most of his season up to that point, and his 35 attempts were the second most of his 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 16 or more rushes.[34] OSU RB Desmond Roland's 144 yards rushing was the second most of his career, his 6.9 yards per rush was the second most of his career in games with 10 or more rushes, and his two receptions were the most of his career.[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 stunned #3 Alabama. The Cowboys went on to play in the Cotton Bowl, where they lost to former Big 12 rival Missouri.


OU wins most lopsided Bedlam game since 2003 to win Big 12: 58-23, Oklahoma Sooners

#3 Oklahoma Sooners at #11 Oklahoma State Cowboys
1 2 3 4 Total
#3 Oklahoma Sooners 14 30 7 7 58
#11 Oklahoma State Cowboys 10 10 3 0 23

On November 28, 2015, #3 Oklahoma headed to Stillwater to play rival #11 Oklahoma State for the Big 12 title and a possible spot in the College Football Playoff in what could be the Bedlam game in history, as College Gameday went to Stillwater, as Corso picked the Pokes to win. Oklahoma State was forced to punt on their first drive, while Austin Seibert missed a 47-yard field goal that would have given to Sooners an early lead. On their second drive, Oklahoma State drove down field all the way to the Oklahoma 29, but was held to just a field goal. On the ensuing kickoff, Oklahoma's Alex Ross return the kickoff 90 yards to the Oklahoma State 4, and a play later Baker Mayfield found Sterling Shepard in the end zone for a 4-yard TD, making it 7-3 OU. The next drive, Oklahoma State moved the ball quickly, and then J.W. Walsh connected with Jhajuan Seales from 26 yards out, putting the Pokes back on top 10-7. After both teams punted, Oklahoma got the ball back and on one play Samaje Perine took the handoff and ran 68 yards to the house, making it 14-10 OU. Then after force an Oklahoma State punt, they handed it off to Joe Mixon who took it 66 yards for a touchdown, extending OU's lead to 21-10. After yet another Ok. State punt, the Sooners drove the ball down the field slowly but surely and then Baker Mayfield found Dimitri Flowers in the end zone, now a 28-10 lead for the Sooners. Oklahoma State trying to fire back, Mason Rudolph couldn't connect with David Glidden or Jhajuan Seales on 1st and 2nd down, the Cowboys needed to make a play on 3rd down, so Rudolph floats a ball to James Washington and it gets picked off by Jordan Thomas and returned 32 yards for a touchdown and after Oklahoma State blocked the PAT, it is now 34-10 OU. Oklahoma State trying to keep this game from getting out of hand, on the first play of the drive, J.W. Walsh found James Washington for a 72-yard bomb to get Oklahoma State back in the game. Oklahoma now looking to just keep scoring, Samaje Perine takes it 25 yards to the house, to make a 41-17 game. Oklahoma State knows they need to score get back on the board if they want to stay in this game, so they try and get the ball down field but J.W Walsh gets picked off by Jordan Thomas, who returned it 36 yards to the Ok. State 29, his 2nd interception of the game. Oklahoma has great field position but can't capitalize and has to settle for a field goal. Oklahoma State then drives down field and gets a field goal as time expires before halftime. After an OU punt to start the 2nd half, the Pokes need something to kick start their offense, and they get down to the OU 4 but can't punch it in and have to settle for another field goal. Oklahoma drove down field and punched it again on a Mayfield 5-yard run, making it 51-23. Ok. State needing a score, went for it on 4th down and failed at the end of the 3rd. After two punts, OU drove down field against a worn-down Oklahoma State defense and made it a 35-point game, with another touchdown. Then Ok. State knows they lost by now with just 2:15 left on the clock, the Pokes got nowhere and the clock ran out. The final score #3 Oklahoma 58 #11 Oklahoma State 23, Oklahoma takes home the Big 12 title. For Oklahoma, Baker Mayfield was 17 for 25, throwing for 180 yards and 2 touchdowns. Samaje Perine ran for 131 yards on 17 carries and 2 touchdowns, while Joe Mixon ran for 136 yards on 14 carries and 2 touchdowns. Sterling Shepard had 10 catches for 87 yards, and a touchdown reception. 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 2 touchdowns 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 touchdown while Jhajuan Seales had 3 receptions for 59 yards and a touchdown.

Men's basketball[edit]

Oklahoma owns the all-time series record in men's basketball, 133-95. The Sooners swept the 2013-14 and 2014-15 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 15-6 in the last 21 Bedlam games and is now 23-18 vs. the Cowboys since the formation of the Big 12 (133-95 all-time).[37]


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 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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