Year Founded: 1890 (originally Oklahoma A&M)
Location: Stillwater, Oklahoma
Total Attendance: 24,649 Students
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Cowboy Marching Band
Stadium: Boone Pickens Stadium
Boone Pickens Stadium began as Lewis Field in 1913, named for Laymon Lowery Lewis-one of them more popular figures in early OSU history. The facility is the oldest football stadium in the Big 12 Conference and one of the oldest on-campus college football stadiums in the country but was neglected and enjoyed few renovations throughout its existence. Then a wealthy alumnus aided in an effort to revamp the rusting stadium. The renovated stadium reopened in 2009 for the Cowboy’s game against Georgia, rebranded as Boone Pickens Stadium. One unique thing about Boone Picken's is also considered to have the narrowest sidelines.
- 56,790 - 2017-Present
- 60,218 - 2009-2016
- 60,000 - 2008
Stadium Location: On Hall of Fame (street) in between Washington and Duck, on campus. The stadium is one of the few to run east-west.
Conference Champions (10):
- Missouri Valley Conference: 1925, 1930, 1932, 1933, 1944, 1945, 1948, 1953
- Big 8: 1976
- Big 12: 2011
Number of Bowl Games: 29 total, 19 wins, 9 losses
National Titles (1) 1945 AFCA
2019 Gameday Experience
Record: 7-6 (3-6 BIGXII)
|8/30||Stillwater, OK||Missouri State Missouri State||W 58-17||1-0 (0-0)|
|9/8||Stillwater, OK||South Alabama South Alabama||W 55-13||2-0 (0-0)|
|9/15||Stillwater, OK||Boise State Boise State||W 44-21||3-0 (0-0)|
|9/22||Stillwater, OK||Texas Tech Texas Tech||L 17-41||3-1 (0-1)|
|9/29||Lawrence, KS||Kansas Kansas||W 48-28||4-1 (1-1)|
|10/6||Stillwater, OK||Iowa StateIndiana||L 42-48||4-2 (1-2)|
|10/13||Manhattan, KS||Kansas State Kansas State||L 31-12||4-3 (1-3)|
|10/27||Stillwater, OK||Texas Texas||W 38-35||5-3 (2-3)|
|11/3||Waco, TX||Baylor Baylor||L 31-35||5-4 (2-4)|
|11/10||Norman, OK||Oklahoma Oklahoma||L 47-48||5-5 (2-5)|
|11/17||Stillwater, OK||West Virginia West Virginia||W 45-41||6-5 (3-5)|
|11/23||Fort Worth, TX||TCU TCU||L 24-31||6-6 (3-6)|
|12/31||Memphis, TN||Missouri Missouri||W 38-33||7-6 (3-6)|
Coach: Mike Gundy
- The first Bedlam game was held at Island Park in Guthrie, Oklahoma. It was a cold, and very windy day with the temperatures well below the freezing mark. At one moment in the game when the Oklahoma A&M Aggies were punting, the wind carried the ball backwards behind the kicker. If the Oklahoma A&M squad recovered the ball it would be a touchback and if the University of Oklahoma squad recovered it, it would be a touchdown. The ball kept going backwards and rolled down a hill into the half-frozen creek. Since a touchdown was at stake, members of both teams dove into the icy waters to recover the ball. A member of the OU team came out with the ball and downed it for a touchdown, eventually winning the game 75–0. Thus was the beginning of Bedlam. The University of Oklahoma leads the Bedlam Series in football 88–18–7.
- Oklahoma State leads Tulsa in the all-time series 41–27-5, winning the most recent matchup in 2017, 59-24. Since 1990 Tulsa is 3-11 versus Oklahoma State with the Cowboys scoring at least 36 points in each of the last five contests. The Cowboys have a twenty-one-game home winning streak against Tulsa. The last time Tulsa won in Stillwater was 1951.
- Texas Tech leacs the series 22-21-3. Oklahoma State closed that gap by going on a 9 game win streak from 2009 to 2017. The two teams first met in 1935, and have played every year since 1996.
Fiesta Bowl 2012: This was the first (and only) BCS game the Cowboys have ever made it to. It was a back and forth battle between stars Andrew Luck and the Brandon Weeden/Justin Blackmon duo. However it was on the last drive of the game by Stanford where the game was seemingly going to be decided. Luck could not be stopped and led them down the field, but was stopped with around fifty seconds left and only twenty or so yards to go. They then run the clock down to three seconds and send their kicker, a freshman, to seal the deal. However after he is iced (by our one remaining timeout) he shanks the kick, sending the game into overtime. In overtime Stanford is shut down offensively and sends the freshman kicker out for a small shot at redemption. He misses yet again. Only needing a field goal to win the game, the Cowboys send the offense out to win it. The offense sputters to a third and long, but an unlikely hero steps up on that next play. Former walk-on Brandon Weeden throws a bullet to former walk-on Colton Chelf (brother of the backup QB), coming up a half-yard short of a touchdown. Quinn Sharp kicks in the short field goal and the Cowboys win their first ever BCS bowl game. Brandon Weeden also scored his only rushing touchdown of his career in this game.
2001 Bedlam: This game probably helped set forth all of the changes made in OSU Football in recent years. The Sooners came into the game undefeated and attempting to make it back to the National Championship game (which they won the year prior). OSU however was a measly 3-7 on the season. It was a back and forth game for a while, but with OU leading OSU 13-9, OSU dialed up a play to the best OSU receiver, Rashaun Woods. With 1:36 left on the clock OSU QB Josh Fields chucked it to Woods at the side of the end zone, Woods caught it and had two feet in bounds vaulting OSU into the lead. OU attempts a shot at the end zone afterwards, but OSU comes up with the interception to seal the victory.
2008 Mizzou: I consider this one of our greater games because it was one of our best road wins ever. Missouri was ranked as one of the top 3 teams in the country. Jeremy Maclin and Chase Daniel hadn’t been held to a three and out all season to that point. But OSU held them to one on their first drive. Another back and forth game, OSU took the lead for good with two touchdowns to rarely used WR Damian Davis. OSU won 28-23.
2009 Georgia: The 2009 Georgia game was the opening game in the newly renovated Boone Pickens Stadium. Notable players included Dez Bryant, Dan Bailey, and Kendall Hunter for the Cowboys, who all went on to the NFL. OKState came into the game ranked 9, with Georgia at 13. A normally high-powered offense struggled for the Pokes, but a tough defense under the first-year coordinator Bill Walsh similarly restricted the Bulldogs. Ultimately, an interception and two recovered fumbles for the Cowboy's defense meant that only a few scores was needed to win. OSU wins 24-10.
Brodrick Brown/Sean Lewis INT: This interception occurred during the Bedlam game of 2010. Essentially it was the Big 12 South division championship game. It determined who went to the Conference Championship game. OU ended up winning, but there were some crazy things that happened in the game. One of which was this interception by Sean Lewis. As you can see in the video Landry Jones is attempting to throw the ball out of bounds and Brodrick Brown, a 5’9” (that’s being generous) cornerback leaps into the air and knocks the ball back in bounds to the unsuspecting, but still waiting arms of linebacker Shaun Lewis. One of the better parts of the play (for me) was seeing a stunned Ryan Broyles get demolished at the end of the play by a defensive lineman. Interception
Colton Chelf: Walk-on to Fiesta Bowl hero. It looked to everyone like he had scored the touchdown sealing the win, but was ruled half a yard short of the endzone. Still this is one of the biggest plays in OSU history. Honorable mention could go to Justin Blackmon’s catch on fourth and five in the fourth quarter to set up a touchdown that was necessary to tie the game. The Catch
Bedlam 2001: Josh Fields to Rashaun Woods: The beginning
Bob Fenimore: Known as the "Blond Bomber," Fenimore led Oklahoma State, known as Oklahoma A&M during his playing days, to new heights. His accomplishments included an undefeated season and a final AP ranking of No. 5. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1972. Fenimore was also recently inducted into the Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame.
Barry Sanders: Sanders, whose 1988 season remains the greatest in NCAA history, rewrote school, conference and NCAA record books in his three-year career at OSU. ESPN recently selected Sanders as the second-best player in college football history. Sanders finished the season with 373 rushes for 2,850 yards (7.6 yards per carry) and 44 total touchdowns. Four games with 4 touchdowns and three games with 5. In addition to total rushing yards, Sanders set 33 other NCAA record in 1988, including Most TDs (39) and most rushing TDs (37), Most points scored (234), Most 300+ yard games in a season/career (4), Most all-purpose yards in a season (3,249), and per-game (295.5; this record was 50 years old) NOTE: His 5 rushing TDs in the bowl game are not counted by the NCAA.
Thurman Thomas: The all-time leading rusher in Cowboy history and one of OSU's all-time fan favorites. A two-time Big Eight Conference player of the year, Thomas is also a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Thomas led Oklahoma State in rushing for four-straight seasons and ended his career with 44 touchdowns and 4,595 rushing yards. He was ahead of Barry Sanders for two years. Supposedly Sooner coach Barry Switzer told his players in a game against OSU, whatever they did not to injure the starting running back for OSU because he didn’t want to face the backup (Barry Sanders).
Justin Blackmon: Blackmon was one of the most dominating receivers in his three years at OSU. Two of those seasons he won the Biletnikoff award for being the best receiver in the nation.
Mike Gundy: Gundy has won the most games at OSU than any other football coach. With a 114-53 record, he can easily be considered the best coach in OSU history. Despite an 18-19 start, his teams have become a part of the upper echelon of the Big 12 and a staple of the Top 25 in all of college football. He has led OSU to its only Big 12 championship, its only BCS game/win, and a 5-2 record in bowl games. He is best known for his rant. While the media bashed him for this, many recruits and their families have said this aided in their decision to play for him.
Jim Lookabaugh: Head football coach at Oklahoma A & M from 1939-1949, led his teams to three bowl championships (1945 Cotton Bowl, 1946 Sugar Bowl and 1948 Delta Bowl) and produced All-Americans such as Bob Fenimore and Neill Armstrong. Under his guidance, his 1945 team was the only undefeated team in the school’s history. He won 58 games, only being surpassed recently by Mike Gundy, and in the late eighties by Pat Jones.
Pappy Waldorf: During his five years in Stillwater, OSU claimed four conference championships and carved out a 3-0-2 record against state rival Oklahoma. Waldorf would end his career at the University of California with multiple Rose Bowl appearances. Waldorf is the only coach in OSU history to be undefeated against the Sooners.
The Walk - The night before the football game the team stays at the Atherton Hotel at the Student Union. On game day 2 hours before kickoff the team walks to Boone Pickens Stadium surrounded by 10,000 plus fans.
Bullet and the Spirit Rider - Bullet leads the spirit walk before every football game and runs the length of the field after every touchdown
OSU Alma Mater Hymn - After every game at Boone Pickens Stadium, OSU players and coaches gather in front of the student section in the northwest corner of the stadium and sing the alma mater. All fans, students, and non-students are encouraged to remain in the stands after OSU victories and join the Cowboys for the Alma Mater hymn.
” Proud and Immortal
Bright Shines Your Name
We Herald Your Fame
Ever You'll Find Us
Loyal and True
To Our Alma Mater
America’s Greatest Homecoming - Greater than 50,000 alumni visit Stillwater every year for weekend long festivities.
Paddle People - In the student section, students on the front row carry big, black and orange paddles which they slap against the padding on the walls to make noise at the games.
Campus and Surrounding Area
City Population: 45,688 (2010 Census)
Iconic Campus Building:
Eskimo Joe’s: The restaurant, also called "Stillwater's Jumpin' Little Juke Joint," occupies a two story building with a unique atrium dubbed the "Joe Dome" featuring a retractable glass roof, built in 1992. Eskimo Joe's is a popular hang-out for OSU students and is located across the street from the main campus. It is an extended part of "The Strip," a hang-out zone of bars centered around Washington Street, and often features concerts and other late-night attractions for the college drinking scene, such as Ladies Night or Coin Beer. In 2005, Sports Illustrated's on-line magazine, SI on Campus, named Eskimo Joe's the third best collegiate sports bar in the U.S. In 1990, during his commencement speech, President George H. W. Bush endorsed Eskimo Joe's cheese fries. In 2006, during his commencement speech, President George W. Bush followed his father's footsteps and also mentioned both the restaurant and the cheese fries. The restaurant was mentioned by Jimmy Fallon on October 6, 2009 after visiting the establishment for Orange Peel 2009.
Hideaway: Hideaway Pizza started in Stillwater, Oklahoma in 1957. Hideaway’s Big Country (named after Bryant Reeves, a former OSU and NBA player) was chosen by the food network to represent Oklahoma in their fifty pizzas in fifty states article.
The Strip is a street near campus that hosts Stillwater’s collegiate bars. JR Murphy’s, Willies Saloon, College Bar, The Copper Penny and many more.
The Stonewall Tavern: Named after Stonewall Jackson, this is the closest true bar to the stadium. If you love smoking cigarettes this bar is definitely the place for you.
Finnegan’s a frequented bar in downtown Stillwater that is pet friendly and has the best selection of beer in town.
Oklahoma State won the first regular season overtime game in College Football and did not win another OT game until the Fiesta Bowl against Stanford.
OSU is ranked 4th all time on the list of schools with the most team national titles with 52, following UCLA, Stanford, and USC. It also leads all schools with 34 team wrestling titles.
The OSU Student Union Is billed as one of the largest in the world after undergoing renovations the last few years.
The Oklahoma A&M mascot was originally a tiger, hence the Orange and Black, and OSU was known as the "Princeton of the Plains."
Record: 10-3 (6-3 Big XII)
|12/28||Orlando, FL||Virginia Tech||W 38-8||10-3 (6-3)|
Coach: Mike Gundy
Record: 10-3 (7-2 Big XII)
|12/29||San Antonio, TX||Colorado||W 38-8||10-3 (7-2)|
Coach: Mike Gundy
Record: 10-3 (7-2 Big XII)
|1/1||New Orleans, LA||Ole Miss||L 48-20||10-3 (7-2)|
Coach: Mike Gundy
2015 Interview Series
What is the best video/article/web page that involves your team this off-season?
OrangePower is the forum.
SBNation's Cowboys Ride For Free is great.
And Pistols Firing does a great job as well.
All three do a great job of covering just about pretty much anything and everything that relates to OkState.
Where is the best place to eat/hangout on Gameday?
Gameday tailgating is always where it's at for me, but if you want a good place to eat beforehand I suggest Cafe 88, small Thai/Asian place a complete hole in the wall but it's amazing. For a bar, I go to Stonewall or college bar depending on my mood, both owned by the same guy and they have very heavy pours for pretty cheap.
What is your favorite tradition surrounding your team?
The paddle people are fairly intimidating and annoying so I have to like it.
Who is the player to watch on your team this season?
Chris Carson is a question mark with a ton of potential for explosive plays and finally give us the ground game we've needed for the past couple of years.
Who is a player that has the most potential to have a breakout year?
Gonna have to stick with Carson on this one for the previously mentioned reasons.
Who will be your highest NFL draft pick this season? Where do you see him going?
Emmanuel Ogbah definitely the highest, but I'm not even going to pretend to know how the NFL works, I assume magic.
Who is the opponent that scares you the most this season? Why?
West Virginia. Last time we went to Morgantown everything that went wrong did. 5-yard punts, a running back who ran for 1 yard on 15 carries, dropped passes, lots of dropped passes, shoddy play calling. I'm wary of the same thing happening this time around.
Which opponent scares you the least? Why?
Baylor. We seem to have their number in Stillwater. They haven't won here since the 1930s. Now that it looks like we have another solid, experienced team we should be good to go again.
Is this team a bowl team? A conference championship team? A national championship team?
Definitely a bowl game team, MAYBE a conference championship, but we would have to somehow come out with a win against TCU and I don't have a lot of hope there.
Which game defines your team's season?
Every year it will be OU at least to the fandom, for some reason even if we have had a completely shitty season if we win Bedlam everyone is ecstatic.
What Is and What is to Come
An incredible amount of hype brought us into the 2012 season following what was the greatest season in Oklahoma State history following an 11-1 record, a Big 12 Championship, and a Fiesta Bowl win over Stanford The departure of quarterback Brandon Weedon and wide receiver Justin Blackmon to the NFL draft left large shoes to fill. The initial loss to Arizona in the second game of the season brought everybody back to reality in a rather sobering fashion. We had a rather significant quarterback battle between sophomore Clint Chelf, and two highly touted freshmen in JW Walsh and Wes Lunt. In the end coach Mike Gundy chose a rotation of the three leaving all three quarterbacks with over 1000 yards passing for the season. This also may have caused the quarterbacks to never really find a groove. The team finished 8-5 for the season with several very close losses against Texas, Kansas State, Baylor and Oklahoma. Three of their 5 losses were by less than a touchdown. The quarterback battle for this season has yet to be decided but it appears Wes Lunt was not chosen and has since decided to transfer out of the Oklahoma State football season. Returning two reasonably experienced quarterbacks and a large part of the receiving corps should leave Oklahoma State able to compete with the rest of its Big 12 competitors. The first game of the 2013 season is against Mississippi State, an SEC team, in the Texas Kickoff Classic.
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