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Ahead of the 116th edition of Bedlam, a look back at the series

Ahead of the 116th edition of Bedlam, a look back at the series

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OSU at OU (copy)

Football coaches Mike Gundy (left) of Oklahoma State and Lincoln Riley of Oklahoma talk before the Bedlam game on Nov. 10, 2018. 

Guerin Emig, Eric Bailey and Eli Lederman discuss what should be an exciting and close Bedlam contest this weekend

No. 10 Oklahoma at No. 7 Oklahoma State

6:30 p.m. Saturday, Boone Pickens Stadium, Stillwater

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When: 6:30 p.m. Saturday

Where: Boone Pickens Stadium, Stillwater


Radio: KTSB-1170 (OSU; KMOD-97-5, KTBZ-1430 (OU)

Records: OSU 10-1 (7-1 Big 12); OU (10-1, 7-1)

Online: Network

Last meeting: OU beat OSU 41-13 on Nov. 21, 2020

All-time series: OU leads 90-18-7

Weather forecast: Mostly clear, 52° at kickoff


The 2021 Bedlam game has made fans delirious with anticipation.

The cheapest ticket on the secondary market hovered around $200 for an upper-level seat.

This could be the schools’ last meeting in Stillwater for the foreseeable future, as Oklahoma will depart for the Southeastern Conference as early as 2023 and as late as 2025.

The teams have shared spots in the Top 25 many times since the turn of the century.

Here are five memorable games since 2000:

Nov. 25, 2000: No. 1 OU 12, Oklahoma State 7 (copy)

OU's Quentin Griffin finds a hole in the OSU defense during the third quarter of the Bedlam game Nov. 25, 2000, at Lewis Field in Stillwater.

Nov. 25, 2000: OU 12, OSU 7: Oklahoma's national title season was nearly derailed during a cold November afternoon. Derrick Strait swatted away a fourth-down pass in the end zone to save the win in the regular-season finale. Josh Heupel opened the scoring with a 3-yard touchdown pass to Curtis Fagan. Two field goals made it 12-0. OSU made it 12-7 after Tatum Bell's 60-yard scoring run in the third quarter. OU would defeat Kansas State in the Big 12 title game and beat Florida State to capture the program's seventh national championship.

2001 Bedlam (copy)

OSU’s Rashaun Woods (front) catches a game-winning TD pass in front of OU’s Derrick Strait with 1:36 remaining in the 2001 Bedlam game. 

Nov. 24, 2001: OSU 16-13: The Sooners entered as a 27-point favorite before the three-win Cowboys harpooned OU’s national title hopes in Norman. Rashaun Woods caught eight passes for 129 yards, including a 14-yard touchdown from Josh Fields with 1:44 remaining to complete OSU’s fourth-quarter comeback. The upset dashed the Sooners’ postseason dreams and snapped OU’s 17-game win streak at Memorial Stadium.

December 3, 2011: OSU wins Bedlam, Big 12 football title (copy)

Oklahoma State football fans celebrate a 44-10 victory over the University of Oklahoma on Dec. 3, 2011, in Stillwater. 

Dec. 3, 2011: OSU 44, OU 10: The Cowboys opened a 24-3 halftime lead on three rushing touchdowns between Jeremy Smith and Joseph Randle before Richetti Jones’ second-half fumble recovery touchdown. OSU’s second largest Bedlam win clinched the 2011 Big 12 title at Boone Pickens Stadium. The win bolstered the Cowboys’ national championship hopes — then OU coach Bob Stoops even said they deserved to get in — but OSU finished No. 3 in the BCS rankings and settled for a Fiesta Bowl victory over Stanford.


Blake Bell (left) and center Gabe Ikard celebrate after underdog OU rallied to defeat Oklahoma State 33-24 on Dec. 7, 2013. The team's third-string quarterback going into the contest, Bell came off the bench to lead the game-winning drive. 

Dec. 7, 2013: OU 33, OSU 24: Blake Bell's 7-yard touchdown pass to Jalen Saunders with 19 seconds remaining helped the Sooners rally to a victory. The Cowboys took a 24-20 lead with 1:46 left before Bell — OU's third quarterback after relieving Trevor Knight and Kendal Thompson — came off the bench to lead the game-winning drive. Eric Striker ended the game by recovering a fumble and scoring following a number of OSU laterals. OU would end the season by defeating Alabama in the Sugar Bowl.

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Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon yells in celebration after scoring a touchdown during the Bedlam game between Oklahoma and Oklahoma State at Gaylord Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016.

Dec. 3, 2016: OU 38, OSU 20: In what would be Bob Stoops' final game in Norman, the Sooners clinched the Big 12 championship with a home win over their Bedlam rival. Baker Mayfield threw for 288 yards and three touchdowns. Samaje Perine rushed for 239 yards on a career-high 37 carries. Joe Mixon caught a touchdown pass and had a 79-yard touchdown run. OU would end the season with a victory over Auburn in the Sugar Bowl.


From Guerin Emig: Two players, two problems, one preposterous prediction and one pick for Bedlam

For all of our anticipation over Sooners quarterback Caleb Williams lining up against Cowboy linebacker Malcolm Rodriguez and OU head coach Lincoln Riley game-planning against OSU defensive guru Jim Knowles, we’re very likely short-changing Spencer Sanders vs. OU’s pass rush and Mike Gundy/Kasey Dunn vs. OU defensive coordinator Alex Grinch. We’ll definitely figure that out when Williams plays well and OU moves the ball better than we expected ... and still OSU prevails. Sanders turns in a superb fourth quarter with the help of Tay Martin and John Paul Richardson, and the Pokes score a touchdown and two field goals to stay ahead.

Cowboys 25, Sooners 21


14: Bedlam losses for Mike Gundy since 2005. OSU’s two wins over OU under the 17th-year head coach came in 2011 and 2014.

6: Consecutive Bedlam wins for the Sooners, dating back to a 58-23 victory in Stillwater on Nov. 28, 2015.

75: Gundy said this could be the last Bedlam for a while. OU won 75-0 the first time the teams met on Nov. 6, 1904, which remains the largest margin of victory in the rivalry’s history.

3: Saturday marks the third time No. 7 OSU and No. 10 OU meet while inside the top 10 of the AP Top 25. The two previous top-10 matchups occurred in 1984 and 2015.

20: The combined wins between the Cowboys and Sooners are tied for the most in Bedlam history, matching 2015 when the teams also had 10 wins each.

5: The number of times OSU entered Bedlam ranked above the Sooners in the AP poll. OU has won on three of the previous four occasions.

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OSU Sports Writer

I cover Oklahoma State athletics for the Tulsa World. I have previously worked for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Emporia Gazette in Kansas and the Columbia Missourian. I graduated from the University of Missouri in 2020 and am a native of Mamaroneck, NY.

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