Missouri–Oklahoma football rivalry

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Missouri–Oklahoma football rivalry
First meeting November 12, 1902
Missouri 22, Oklahoma 5
Latest meeting September 24, 2011
Oklahoma 38, Missouri 28
Trophy Tiger–Sooner Peace Pipe
Meetings total 96
All-time series Oklahoma leads, 67–24–5
Largest victory Oklahoma, 77–0 (1986)
Longest streak Oklahoma, 14 (1946–59)
Current streak Oklahoma, 1

The Missouri–Oklahoma football rivalry is an American college football rivalry between the Missouri Tigers football team of the University of Missouri and Oklahoma Sooners football team of the University of Oklahoma. The Tiger–Sooner Peace Pipe is the trophy awarded to the winner of the game.

Series history[edit]

Missouri and Oklahoma's football teams first played in 1902, and played annually from 1910–95, with only a one-year interruption in 1918 during World War I. The Tiger-Sooner Peace Pipe has been awarded since 1929.[1] The Big 12 Conference was formed in 1995, and was split into two divisions. The two universities being placed in different division (Missouri in the Big 12 North Division, Oklahoma in the South Division), which prevented an annual matchup. After the formation of the Big 12, the teams played a home-and-home series with three years in between each series (1998–99, 2002–03, 2006–07, 2010–11).

The Sooners won the last meeting of the two teams 38–28 on September 24, 2011. With Missouri's withdrawal from the Big 12 and admission to the Southeastern Conference effective July 1, 2012, the future of the rivalry is uncertain.

Tiger–Sooner Peace Pipe[edit]

In November 1940, a genuine Indian peace pipe was donated by Dr. John S. Knight of Kansas City to become the traveling trophy of the rivalry. Dr. Knight was a 1923 graduate of the University of Missouri. The peace pipe, in the form of a tomahawk, belonged to Chief White Eagle of the Pawnee tribe. The peace pipe was believed to be over 100 years old at the time it was donated in 1940. An inscription on the peace pipe reads "Mystical Seven Society Ceremonial Tomahawk Pipe, University of Missouri vs. University of Oklahoma, Dr. John S. Knight –; donor of peace pipe." Winners of each game are also inscribed on the pipe. The peace pipe was entrusted to MU's Mystical Seven and OU's Pe-et, who would share the peace pipe in the end zone at halftime to celebrate the two universities. The society of the winning university would return the peace pipe to its university until the next meeting of the two teams.[2][3]

The Sooners were the first to take possession of the peace pipe following their 7–0 victory over the Tigers in 1940. In fact, Oklahoma was inscribed 19 times on the pipe from 1940–63. After a tie in 1964, OU gave possession of the pipe to MU as Oklahoma had held the trophy so many more times since the trophy's inception. Records indicate that the tradition continued through 1974, but the peace pipe exchange did not take place in 1975. The current location of the pipe is unknown since it was last held by Oklahoma. OU's senior associate athletic director, Kenny Mossman, has indicated that Oklahoma officials have conducted an extensive search of their archives for historical items, and the peace pipe has not been located.[2][3]

Notable games[edit]

2007 Big 12 Championship Game[edit]

The Tigers were the Big 12 North's representative to the 2007 Big 12 Championship Game where they faced Big 12 South representative Oklahoma. Missouri came into the game ranked #1 in the AP Poll and the BCS standings. However, they were upset (Oklahoma was favored by casinos in Las Vegas) by their rival and then were snubbed by the BCS for another rival, Kansas.

2008 Big 12 Championship Game[edit]

The 2008 Big 12 Championship Game featured a rematch between the two schools. This time, Oklahoma was favored and they won again.

October 23, 2010[edit]

In their 2010 meeting, Mizzou defeated Oklahoma (then ranked No. 1 in the BCS standings). The game was the site of ESPN's College GameDay, where Missouri set the on-campus attendance record for GameDay.[4]


  1. ^ "Mascot & Football Traditions"
  2. ^ a b "Pageviewer". umsystem.edu. 
  3. ^ a b DEVIN BENTON (6 July 2008). "Voxrates300". Columbia Missourian. 
  4. ^ "Record turnout for 'College GameDay'". ESPN.com.