It's A Wrap
The Oklahoma State Cowboys close the 2011 regular season Saturday when they host the Oklahoma Sooners in Boone Pickens Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. with ABC on hand to televise. The Cowboys enter the game 10-1 overall and 7-1 in Big 12 play. OSU is coming off its first loss of the season, a double overtime setback at Iowa State on Nov. 18. OSU will have had a 15-day break between games by the time the Sooners hit town. Oklahoma is 9-2 overall and 6-2 in Big 12 play. The Sooners are coming off a win over Iowa State.
What's At Stake
Oklahoma State has clinched at least a share of its first conference title since 1976 with its 7-1 Big 12 record. A win over OU would mean an outright title for the Cowboys. An OSU loss would mean OSU and OU (and possibly Kansas State) would share the league title in 2011. The two state schools were part of a three-way tie for the Big 12 South title last season, along with Texas A&M. Oklahoma advanced to the Big 12 championship game via tiebreaker in 2010.
One More Win Would...
Another victory in 2011 would clinch the second 11-win season in OSU history and it would give OSU 11 wins two straight seasons as the Cowboys were 11-2 in 2010. OSU has never registered 11 wins during the regular season. One more victory would also be the 40th in the career of OSU's seniors.
- OSU has won 10 games in a season for the fifth time in school history and for the second straight year.
- OSU has won 10 games in two straight seasons for just the second time and for the first time since 1987 and 1988 (when Mike Gundy was the Cowboy quarterback).
- OSU has 10 regular season wins for the second straight season and for the second time in school history.
One More Win For Gundy...
Another win for head coach Mike Gundy would be the 58th of his career. It would tie him for second all-time at OSU with another alum, Jim Lookabaugh.
Wins By OSU Head Coaches
1. Pat Jones - 62
2. Jim Lookabaugh - 58
3. Mike Gundy - 57
Oklahoma State and Oklahoma will do battle on ABC. It will be OSU's sixth appearance of the season on ABC. ABC is televising Bedlam to a national audience for the fourth straight year and for the third time in four years the game will be played in prime time.
Oklahoma State checks in at No. 3 in the latest BCS rankings, announced Sunday evening. OSU has never been below No. 6 in the BCS standings in 2011 and spent two weeks at a school-best No. 2 before the loss at Iowa State.
Oklahoma State checks in at No. 3 in this week's Associated Press poll and No. 5 in the USA Today coaches poll as OSU tries to complete a wire-to-wire stay in the top 10 for the first time in school history.
As The Turnstiles...Um...Turn
Oklahoma State's 2011 season will be a record-breaking one at the box office. The school set a stadium record when 58,895 fans attended the Kansas State game. This season, OSU has hosted the largest, third (Baylor), fourth (Kansas), eighth (Louisiana) and ninth (Arizona) largest crowds in school history. The last three home games have provided three of the top four home crowds in school history. OSU's record for average attendance of 53,719 was set in 2009. This season, through five home dates, OSU is averaging 57,047 per home date.
The Bedlam Series dates back to 1904 - three years before Oklahoma became a state. The Sooners hold an 81-17-7 lead. Some series notes...
- Oklahoma has won eight straight in the series after an eight-year period in which OSU held a 5-3 advantage.
- Oklahoma State and Texas are the only two Big 12 schools to have beaten Bob Stoops in consecutive seasons since the league was formed.
- In two of the last three meetings, OSU has scored 41 points against the Sooners. Those games represent OSU's second highest point total in the series.
Drama In Stillwater
The Bedlam games in Stillwater have become classic television.
- The cumulative score for the last seven Bedlam games in Stillwater: OU 239, OSU 231.
- Three of those seven games have been decided by six points or less.
- The largest margin of victory over the last seven games in Stillwater is OU's 61-41 win in 2008. That game was 44-41 with eight minutes remaining.
For the fifth time in history, and the third straight year, Oklahoma State will enter the Bedlam game as the higher ranked team. OSU is 2-2 in those previous matchups.
The Last Meeting
Oklahoma was a 47-41 winner in last year's Bedlam game. The game was tied at 24 after three quarters. The game saw 37 points scored over the last 7:38 of the fourth period, including 31 points over the last 4:06.
- Oklahoma ran an astounding 107 plays to OSU's 66, although OSU's 5.7 yards per snap edged OU's 5.5.
- Justin Blackmon, despite being hobbled by an ankle injury, had eight receptions for 105 yards with a touchdown.
- Brandon Weeden passed for 257 yards and two scores, and was intercepted three times.
- Justin Gilbert had an 89-yard kickoff return for a score in the final frantic minutes of the game.
- Cowboy linebacker Shaun Lewis had 12 tackles, a tackle for a loss, and two interceptions, one of which he turned 52 yards for OSU's first score.
So Long Seniors
Oklahoma State will bid farewell to the winningest class in school history with the departure of the 2011 seniors. The class has never won less than nine games in a season. The have a 39-11 record and in 2010 won a share of the Big 12 South championship. In 2011, they have earned at least a share of the Big 12 championship. The senior class is listed at 17 with the news that offensive lineman and lost starter Jonathan Rush has been granted a sixth year of eligibility after he lost 2011 (his senior season) to injury.
2011 Cowboy Seniors
Levy Adcock OL 2010 first-team All-Big 12...All-America candidate
Hubert Anyiam WR Despite injuries, will end his career among OSU's all-time leading receivers
Jamie Blatnick DE Three-year starter having his best season
Colton Chelf WR Originally a walk-on who has become a contributor on record-setting offenses
Josh Cooper WR One of the top receivers in OSU history
Jarrod Fields DB Special teams contributor and a player favorite
Grant Garner C Two-year starter and team's most underrated player
Kyle Hale S Becoming a big special teams contributor
Ryan Howard QB Completing his only season in Stillwater
Richetti Jones DE Four-year contributor in his first year as a starter
Casey LaBrue OL Has performed well as Garner's backup
Markelle Martin S Ringleader of the Cowboy defense the past two seasons
Nick Martinez OL Versatile o-lineman who started at two different spots
Nehemiah Mundy DB Transfer from UNLV
James Thomas LB Playmaker for the defense and part-time starter
Brandon Weeden QB Record-setting Cowboy
Wilson Youman DL Contributor on both sides of the ball during his career
OSU heads into OU game second nationally in scoring at 49.8 points per game. OSU has scored at least 59 points five times this season, including three times against Big 12 opponents.