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Five memorable Bedlam games of the 2000s

Oklahoma Football ranks fifth nationally for all-time wins. The Sooners’ 90 wins against Oklahoma State is the largest single contributor to that total ever.

Oklahoma and Oklahoma State have met in a football game 116 times, the first of which was in 1904 when the two schools played in a city park in Guthrie, Oklahoma. Two years later, the two teams faced off again in Stillwater. For most of the show’s history, the games were played on campus grounds, with the exception of the seven times the state bragging rights battle took place in Oklahoma City.

Despite the one-sided nature of the series, in which the Sooners win 80 percent of the time, there have been a number of memorable games in Bedlam’s long history. We’ve identified five notable competitions that have taken place over the past 22 seasons.

November 24, 2001 – State of Oklahoma 16, Oklahoma 13

The 96th game of the Bedlam Rivalry Series took place in Norman, Oklahoma between the Sooners, No. 4 in the Associated Press poll and No. 3 in the BCS rankings, and a struggling Oklahoma State team all season and would come into play over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend with a 3-7 overall record and just 1-6 in the Big 12.

Oklahoma came into play with a 10-1 record, Nebraska’s only loss and a 19-game winning streak at home.

In front of a crowd of 75,000 at Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, the two teams were tied after a quarter. OU opened the scoring early in the second quarter with an 8-yard touchdown that ran wide Quentin Griffin take a 7-0 lead. The two teams traded field goals and Oklahoma State added another just before halftime as the Sooners went into the locker room 10-6 at the break.

With the score 10-6 heading into the fourth quarter, quarterback Nate Hybl led and Oklahoma Drive, which stalled on Oklahoma State’s four-yard line, forcing the Sooners to settle for a Tim Duncan 22-yard field goal that extended the OU lead to 13-6. A little over a minute later, OSU’s Luke Phillips recouped a field goal from 52 yards to reduce the Sooners’ 13-9 lead back to four points.

Josh Fields, who replaced Oklahoma State quarterback Aso Pogi in the opening quarter, directed the Cowboys in the late fourth quarter. On the sixth play of the drive, from the Sooner 14-yard line and time running out on the game clock, Fields lofted a pass to Rashaun Woods in the left corner of the end zone. Woods was able to skip OU cornerback Derrick Street to collect the catch, which turned out to be an in-game sweepstakes. Phillips added the extra point, ending the 16-13 excitement and eliminating Oklahoma from a potential Big 12 championship spot and a chance to feature in a second straight BCS championship game.

Ironically, it was Strait who fended off a similar pass attempt late in the Bedlam game of the year before preserving OU’s 12-7 win and the Sooners’ perfect season in the 2000 national championship run.

November 1, 2003 – Oklahoma 52, State of Oklahoma 9

NORMAN, OK – NOVEMBER 1: Oklahoma Sooners defensive backs Brandon Everage #7 and Antonio Perkins #28 stop Oklahoma State Cowboys wide receiver Rashaun Woods #82 in the third quarter on November 1, 2003 at Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. The Sooners won 52-9. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

The 2003 Bedlam game was more memorable for all the chatter and commentary that came from the Oklahoma State side of the rivalry, particularly from Oklahoma State’s head coach at the time, Les Miles, and the reaction of the ranked No. 1 Sooners.

After winning back-to-back Bedlam games (2001 and 2002), Miles apparently felt too good about himself and had some not-too-subtle things to say about OSU’s opponents this week:

“They’re the best team in college football, we’re told,” Miles said.

That same week, before the game, he said these choice words:

“Two teams play on Saturday. One might be the best college football team and the other might be a hell of a football team, and we’re going to find out which is which.”

Needless to say, these comments caught the attention of Bob Stoops and the Oklahoma football team.

Well, we found out which one that was when the Sooners defeated the Cowboys 52-9 in 14th place.

The Sooners took a 10-0 lead in the first quarter, built it to 24-3 by halftime, and then continued to roll down the hill, beating the overwhelmed Cowboys 28-6 in the second half.

OU Quarterback Jason White threw for three touchdowns and ran for another, and the Sooner defense dominated the entire game.

After this game it was clear which team was which.

After the game, OU coach Bob Stops said: “The whole week has been about her offense. They never thought we’d play a bit of defense here.”

November 28, 2009 – Oklahoma 27, State of Oklahoma 0

As in the 2022 season, the 2009 Bedlam Rivalry game featured an unranked Oklahoma team with a 6–5 record against an Oklahoma State squad that sat 12th nationally. The game was played in Norman and that proved to be a huge advantage for the team in the crimson home shirts.

After a goalless first quarter Patrick O’Hara kicked a 24-yard field goal in the second quarter, followed shortly after by a 13-yard touchdown runby DeMarco Murray (the current OU running backs coach) to give Oklahoma a 10-0 halftime advantage.

The same pair teamed up for 10 more Oklahoma points in the third quarter, and the Sooners ended the goal and unlikely shutout on a very good Oklahoma State offense with a 67-yard punt return-by Ryan Broyles in the fourth quarter. Signed…sealed…and delivered: a 27-0 win for OU over its state rival.

Oklahoma produced 367 total yards of offense while holding Oklahoma State’s strong offense led by quarterback Zac Robinson to just 109 total yards and just six first downs.

“The only good thing about it is that it counts as a loss,” Cowboys head coach Mike Gundy told reporters in his post-game comments, “and I told the team that.”

November 27, 2010 – Oklahoma 47, State of Oklahoma 41

STILLWATER, OK NOVEMBER 27: Defensive end Jamie Blatnick #50 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys tackles running back DeMarco Murray #7 of the Oklahoma Sooners on November 27, 2010 at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Oklahoma. (Photo by Jackson Laizure/Getty Images)

As so often in history, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State met in the final game of the 2008 regular season. The game was played in Stillwater, with the 9th-ranked Cowboys hosting the 13th-ranked Sooners. OU went into the contest with a 9-2 record and Oklahoma State was a notch better at 10-1.

A win would give Oklahoma State the all-out title in the South Division of the Big 12. An OU win would result in a possible three-way tie at the top of the South Division between the two Oklahoma Schools and Texas A&M.

Oklahoma took a 7-3 lead at the end of the first quarter. Landry Jones threw two touchdown passes in the second quarter and also threw an interception that was returned 52 yards for a touchdown. The Sooners added a field goal, and Oklahoma State scored twice in the second verse.

OU went into the dressing room at halftime with a 24-17 lead.

The only goal in the third quarter was a 20-yard touchdown pass by Oklahoma State’s Brandon Weeden. The two teams entered the fourth quarter with 24 points each.

The final quarter turned into a track meeting and an offensive blast on both sides.

Oklahoma’s Jimmy Stevens started 35 seconds into the fourth quarter with a 24-yard field goal and topped a 17-play, 74-yard scoring drive from Sooner to give OU a 27-24 lead. Stevens added another 31-yarder seven minutes later to extend Sooner’s lead to 30-24. And then the actual fireworks began.

December 6, 2014 – State of Oklahoma 38, Oklahoma 35

NORMAN, OK – DECEMBER 6: Wide receiver Tyreek Hill

The 2014 Oklahoma-Oklahoma State game will always be remembered for the infamous Bob Stoops re-kick decision and as a coming-out party for a Tyreek Hill.

Behind it runs the double strike of Samaje Perine and Keith Fordwho totaled 242 of OU’s 242 rushing yards that day, the Sooners led Oklahoma State 35-21 with just eight minutes left in the game.

Oklahoma State scored on a 43-yard touchdown pass from Mason Rudolph to make it a one-score game, 35-28, with 4:51 left in regulation.

Faced with a 4th and 14th finish at Oklahoma State’s 45-yard line, the Sooners, who chose to punt The Cowboys, called for a fair catch at their own 16-yard line, but a flag was thrown at that Game thrown for roughing the Oklahoma punter. Rather coach Bob Stops accepted the penalty and opted to punt the ball a second time, thinking the Sooners’ coverage unit could pin the Cowboys deeper in their own territory.

Tyreek Hill re-kicked it at the eight-yard line. Hill, who possessed lightning-fast course speed, immediately went to the left touchline, punched two defenders, picked up a block at 45 and was out from there to pass everyone for a 92-yard touchdown that tied the game at 45 seconds remain to send the competition into overtime.

Oklahoma had first possession in overtime and Michael Hunnicutt missed a 44-yard field goal attempt. That opened the door for the Cowboys’ Ben Grogan, who didn’t miss a 21-yard field goal attempt in overtime that completed the unlikely comeback win for Oklahoma State.

It was only Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy’s second win in 10 attempts against rival Sooners.

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