Led by Bob Fenimore and Neill Armstrong, Oklahoma A&M was one of
America's dominant teams at the conclusion of World War II. Behind
the duo, the Aggies posted a two-year record of 17-1 and claimed
Sugar and Cotton Bowl victories. During that period, the Aggies
outscored in-state rival OU by a combined 75-6 count. Both Armstrong
and Fenimore earned All-America honors, becoming the first Oklahoma
A&M players to accomplish the feat. The 1945 squad was Oklahoma
State's first undefeated team and would finish No. 5 in the
Associated Press poll.
The Cowboys ended a losing streak against Oklahoma with a pair
of one-point victories over the Sooners in 1965 and 1966. In 1965,
OSU got 76 rushing yards and a touchdown from Walt Garrison, and 12
tackles from Charles Harper, in the 17-16 win. It was the first
victory for the orange and black in Norman in 20 years. The
following year, quarterback Ron Johnson ran for two scores and OSU
stopped a two-point try in the last 90 seconds of the win.
Big Eight Champions
The 1976 Cowboys of Jim Stanley earned a share of the Big Eight
championship during a 9-3 season. The campaign culminated with a
Tangerine Bowl victory over Brigham Young. Critical to the success
of the season was a 31-24 victory at No. 5 Oklahoma as Terry Miller
rushed for 159 yards and OSU rallied from a 17-14 halftime deficit.
The First Barry
The 1984 Gator Bowl announced OSU's re-emergence on the national
stage as ninth-ranked Oklahoma State scored late for the 21-14 win
over South Carolina. Quarterback Rusty Hilger found tight end Barry
Hanna for a 25-yard touchdown with just 1:04 remaining in the game
for the final points. Hanna carried a handful of Carolina players
across the goal line to clinch it. The victory capped off the first
10-win season in OSU history and it came in Pat Jones' first year as
OSU head coach.
Snow in the Sun
Oklahoma State wrapped up another 10-win season in 1987 with a
dramatic 35-33 Sun Bowl win over West Virginia. Thurman Thomas ran
for 157 yards and four scores in weather that fluctuated between
sunny and blizzard. Despite the offensive firepower, it was Shawn
Mackey's tackle on a Mountaineer two-point try with just 1:13
remaining that clinched the victory. Thomas was named the game's MVP
in his final contest as a Cowboy. He left Stillwater as OSU's
all-time leading rusher.
The greatest individual season in the history of college football
came in 1988 and was authored by Barry Sanders of Oklahoma State.
Sanders rushed for more than 2,600 yards and re-wrote the NCAA
record book as he led the most potent offense in OSU history on his
way to the Heisman Trophy. He was joined on the offensive attack by
the Big Eight's all-time leading passer and the league's all-time
leading receiver (Mike Gundy and Hart Lee Dykes). The 1988 season
also marked the third time in five seasons that the Cowboys reached
the 10-win mark.
In one of the most shocking results in Bedlam history and certainly
the biggest upset of 2001, the 3-7 Oklahoma State Cowboys knocked
No. 4 Oklahoma out of the national title hunt with a 16-13,
come-from-behind win in Norman. Rashaun Woods caught a 14-yard pass
from Josh Fields with 1:36 remaining for the game's final points. OU
was limited to just 220 yards. OSU got a pair of 52-yard field goals
from Luke Phillips.
Oklahoma State returned to the Cotton Bowl for the first time since
the 1940's following a 9-3 regular-season campaign in 2003. The
season included a 38-10 win at Texas A&M and a 38-34
come-from-behind victory over Kansas State.
When the Cowboys end a streak, they really end a streak.
Oklahoma State broke a long dry spell in Lincoln, Neb., during the
2007 season with a resounding 45-14 victory over the Cornhuskers.
OSU, which had not won at Nebraska since the early 1960s, has now
won three of the last five meetings between the two schools.
Oklahoma State sent shockwaves throughout the nation with a 28-23
win at No. 3 Missouri in 2008. Missouri became the highest ranked
opponent an Oklahoma State team had ever beaten on the road. The
victory propelled OSU in the top 10 while improving the Cowboys to
7-0 on the season. The game was made even more prominent nationally
as the Tigers figured to be America's new top-ranked team with a win
over the Cowboys.
Sept. 5, 2009
Oklahoma State re-dedicated the now-60,218-seat Boone Pickens
Stadium with a 24-10 win over No. 13 Georgia in perhaps the most
high profile opener in school history. The victory vaulted the
Cowboys onto the cover of Sports Illustrated and into the
Associated Press top five.
Cowboy Road Show
In 2010, the Cowboys completed their first undefeated road schedule
for the first time since 1945. The Cowboys were 5-0 away from
Stillwater, including historic wins in Lubbock and Austin that ended
dry spells in each city that had lasted since 1944.