The college football world doesn’t have many in-state rivals on par with the one between Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. After all, there’s a reason why it’s called Bedlam. On the football field, the series dates back to 1904 and even includes allegations of point shaving in the 1954 meeting. That incident aside, it’s one of the longest-running rivalries in the country, so we wanted to take a trip down memory and look at the wildest games ever played between Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.
Oklahoma 33, Oklahoma State 24 (2013)
The Cowboys entered this game 10-1 and on the verge of playing in a BCS bowl game. However, every time Oklahoma State took a lead, the Sooners would answer. Meanwhile, OU got down to third-string quarterback Blake Bell in the second half.
However, after the Cowboys took a 24-20 lead with 1:46 left in the game, Bell rallied the Sooners and threw a touchdown pass to Jalen Saunders with 19 ticks left on the clock. The Cowboys tried to lateral their way to a miracle win, only for Oklahoma to return a fumble into the end zone on the game’s final play, ending Oklahoma State’s BCS hopes.
Oklahoma 62, Oklahoma State 52 (2017)
Like a lot of Bedlam games, defense was optional in this one. The two teams combined for 1,446 total yards. OSU running back Justice Hill rushed for 228 yards, but even that was overshadowed by Mason Rudolph and Baker Mayfield trying to one-up the other.
Both threw five touchdown passes, but Mayfield finished with an astounding 598 passing yards on 24 completions. That’s an average of nearly 25 yards per completion. In the end, the Sooners had the stamina to win in a shootout.
Oklahoma State 16, Oklahoma 13 (2001)
It’s rare that Bedlam is a defensive slugfest, so this game deserves special mention. A lack of scoring didn’t make this game any less compelling, especially with the way it ended.
The Cowboys were four-touchdown underdogs and led by true freshman quarterback Josh Fields. But the OSU defense stood tall, allowing Fields to make some amazing catches on the game’s final drive. That drive ended with Fields finding Rashaun Woods in the corner of the end zone to give Oklahoma State the biggest upset win in Bedlam history.
Oklahoma State 38, Oklahoma 35 (2014)
Bob Stoops gets the blame for this loss. The Sooners led by a touchdown with less than a minute left. Stoops got greedy after a running-into-punter penalty, electing to punt again so he could pin OSU further deep.
The punt was fielded at the 8-yard line by Tyreek Hill (yeah, that guy). In retrospect, it’s not surprising that Hill returned the punt 92 yards to tie the game. Oklahoma State went on to win in overtime.
Oklahoma 47, Oklahoma State 41 (2010)
This game was tied 24-24 at the end of the third quarter, and that’s when things got interesting. The final 15 minutes was an epic back-and-forth affair that you couldn’t write. The Sooners got three straight field goals to take a 33-24 lead.
In the final five minutes, the Cowboys got a touchdown from Justin Blackmon and a kickoff return for a touchdown from Justin Gilbert. But Landry Jones answered both with a touchdown pass, one for 86 yards and one for 76 yards. If you’re scoring at home, there were 25 points scored in the final five minutes of the game, an entertaining and memorable Oklahoma win.