History of the Bedlam football series
BY Staff Reports
Friday, November 23, 2012
11/23/12 at 6:00 AM
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2011, OSU 44, OU 10: The Cowboys force five turnovers in a blowout win. OSU's 34-point win is the largest Cowboys winning margin in a Bedlam game since 1945.
2008, OU 47, OSU 41: In the highest-scoring Bedlam ever, soon-to-be Heisman winner Sam Bradford passes for 370 yards and four TDs as OU forges a controversial Big 12 South tie that puts the Sooners in the Big 12 championship game and eventually the BCS title game.
2004, OU 38, OSU 35: OSU twice overcomes 14-point, second-half deficits, but OSU kicker Jason Ricks' 49-yard field goal to force OT misses with 11 seconds left. OU's Adrian Peterson runs for 249 yards.
1996, OU 27, OSU 17: OSU coach Bob Simmons and OU coach John Blake face off for the first time. It is the fourth time in NCAA Division I-A (now FBS) history that two teams with black head coaches have played. Simmons lost this one but went on to win two of three meetings against Blake.
1992, OU 15, OSU 15: The last tie in the series (overtime rules were put in place in 1996). OSU's Lawson Vaughn kicks a 26-yard field goal with 1:19 left to put the Cowboys up 15-12. OU quarterback Cale Gundy leads the Sooners to the OSU 10-yard line, and Scott Blanton converts a 27-yard field goal for the tie.
1988, OU 31, OSU 28: OSU's Barry Sanders (above) and OU's Mike Gaddis put on a show. But the game is immortalized by Brent Parker's dropped pass that could have given OSU a win.
1984, OU 24, OSU 14: OU enters ranked second by the AP, third by UPI; OSU is ranked second by UPI and third by AP. The Sooners go ahead on a TD by Spencer Tillman after a controversial call on an OSU fumble on a punt. OU fans tear down the goal posts after the win.
1976, OSU 31, OU 24: OSU scores 10 points in the final seven minutes to win. OSU's Terry Miller has 159 yards rushing as OU loses for only the second time in its last 48 games.
1969, OU 28, OSU 27: Arguably the most thrilling game in the series. After finding out earlier in the week he had won the Heisman Trophy, OU's Steve Owens runs for 261 yards on a then-NCAA record 55 carries. OSU's Hermann Eben has 12 catches for 181 yards. OU stops an OSU two-point conversion with less than a minute left to preserve the Sooner win.
1958, OU 7, OSU 0: A record crowd of 40,000 watches the heavily favored Sooners struggle all game. Finally, Bobby Boyd breaks loose for a 31-yard touchdown run with five minutes left. It was the second closest Bedlam game in Bud Wilkinson's OU tenure.
1945, OSU 47, OU 0: A Norman crowd of more than 33,000 - then believed to be the most to witness a football game in Oklahoma - watched the Aggies claim their widest victory margin in the series. Jim Lookabaugh's squad finished the regular season unbeaten (8-0) and advanced to the Sugar Bowl, where Bob Fenimore helped the Aggies beat St. Mary's 33-13.
1933, OSU 13, OU 0: Oklahoma State wins 13-0 and achieves a milestone - its best Bedlam record during a 10-year period. The Cowboys are 5-2-3 against OU from 1924-33. The only other time OSU has come close to that success in a 10-year period was from 1995-2004, when the Cowboys were 5-5.
1929, OU 7, OSU 7: OSU coach Lynn Waldorf leads his team to a 7-7 tie. He goes on to become the most successful Cowboys coach in Bedlam history. In his five years, Waldorf leads OSU to an undefeated record (3-0-2) against the Sooners.
1917, OSU 9, OU 0: A&M scores a touchdown and a safety to record its first win in the series. A crowd of 5,000 in Oklahoma City saw Earl Pritchard lead his team to a win in his first season as head coach at A&M. It was the Aggies' final game of a season in which they finished 4-5.
1904, OU 75, OSU 0: OU's 75-point win in Guthrie is the widest Bedlam victory margin for either team. Only one other time in series history did a team score at least 70 points - OU won 73-12 in 1946.
OSU fans celebrate in 2011. CHRISTOPHER SMITH/Tulsa World file
OSU QB Donovan Woods consoles kicker Jason Ricks. MICHAEL WYKE/Tulsa World file
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