Bedlam Series
Bedlam Series logo.svg
First contested1900 (track and field)
1904 (football)

Lua error in Module:Location_map/multi at line 27: Unable to find the specified location map definition: "Module:Location map/data/Oklahoma" does not exist. The Bedlam Series is the name given to the Oklahoma–Oklahoma State rivalry.[1][2] It refers to the athletics rivalry between Oklahoma State University Cowboys and Cowgirls and the University of Oklahoma Sooners of the Big 12 Conference. Both schools were also members of the Big 8 Conference before the formation of the Big 12 Conference in 1996, and both were divisional rivals in the Big 12 South Division prior to 2011.

The Bedlam Series is, like most other intrastate rivalries, a rivalry that goes beyond one or two sports. Both schools also have rivalries with other schools, though most of those rivalries are limited to one or two sports at the most. The rivalry is all the more intense since their games often decide the conference championship.

While the football and basketball games stand today as the marquee events in the Bedlam Series, the term "Bedlam" actually began with the rivalry between the schools' prestigious wrestling programs,[3] more particularly the raucous crowds that attended the matches held at Oklahoma State's Gallagher-Iba Arena.[4]

Football[edit | edit source]

Football series
First contestedNovember 6, 1904
Oklahoma 75, Oklahoma A&M 0
Number of meetings113
Most recent meetingNovember 10, 2018
Oklahoma 48, Oklahoma State 47
Next meetingNovember 30, 2019
All-time seriesOklahoma leads, 88–18–7
Largest victoryOklahoma, 75–0 (1904)
Longest win streakOklahoma, 19 (1946–1964)
Current streakOklahoma, 4 (2015–present)
File:Bedlamserieslogo.png

The original Bedlam Series logo.

The first Bedlam football game was held at Island Park, now known as Mineral Wells 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 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. OU won the game, 75–0.[5]

Author Steve Budin, whose father was a New York bookie, has recently publicized the claim that the 1954 Bedlam Game was fixed by mobsters in his book Bets, Drugs, and Rock & Roll (ISBN 1-60239-099-1).[6] Allegedly, the mobsters threatened and paid off a cook to slip laxatives into a soup eaten by many OU Sooner starting players, causing them to fall violently ill in the days leading up to the game. OU was victorious in the end, but their 14–0 win did not cover the 20-point spread they had in their favor. However, many people involved in the 1954 contest do not recall any incident like the one purported by Budin to have occurred.[7] Since it started in 1904, Bedlam is now the 4th-longest continuously-played rivalry in FBS (Division 1) college football. Because it is uninterrupted since 1910, it is also now the single longest uninterrupted rivalry, between two public universities, in the same state, that have a game named "University of _ vs. _ State University."

Game results[edit | edit source]

Oklahoma victoriesOklahoma State victoriesTie games
No.DateLocationWinnerScoreAttendance
1 01904-11-06 November 6, 1904 Guthrie Oklahoma 75–0
2 01906-10-19 October 19, 1906 Stillwater Oklahoma 23–0
3 01907-11-09 November 9, 1907 Norman Oklahoma 67–0
4 01908-10-03 October 3, 1908 Stillwater Oklahoma 18–0
5 01910-10-21 October 21, 1910 Norman Oklahoma 12–0
6 01911-10-20 October 20, 1911 Stillwater Oklahoma 22–0
7 01912-11-16 November 16, 1912 Norman Oklahoma 16–0
8 01913-11-21 November 21, 1913 Stillwater Oklahoma 7–0
9 01914-11-06 November 6, 1914 Norman Oklahoma 28–6
10 01915-11-25 November 25, 1915 Oklahoma City Oklahoma 26–7 5,000
11 01916-11-30 November 30, 1916 Oklahoma City Oklahoma 41–7
12 01917-11-29 November 29, 1917 Oklahoma City Oklahoma A&M 9–0
13 01918-11-28 November 28, 1918 Oklahoma City Oklahoma 27–0
14 01919-11-27 November 27, 1919 Oklahoma City Oklahoma 33–6
15 01920-11-13 November 13, 1920 Stillwater Oklahoma 36–0
16 01921-10-15 October 15, 1921 Norman Oklahoma 6–0
17 01922-11-25 November 25, 1922 Stillwater Tie3–3
18 01923-10-27 October 27, 1923 Norman Oklahoma 12–0
19 01924-11-01 November 1, 1924 Stillwater Oklahoma A&M 6–0
20 01925-11-26 November 26, 1925 Norman Oklahoma 35–0
21 01926-11-25 November 25, 1926 Stillwater Tie14–14
22 01927-11-19 November 19, 1927 Norman Oklahoma A&M 13–7
23 01928-11-24 November 24, 1928 Stillwater Oklahoma 46–0
24 01929-11-23 November 23, 1929 Norman Tie7–7
25 01930-11-22 November 22, 1930 Stillwater Oklahoma A&M 7–0
26 01931-11-26 November 26, 1931 Norman Tie0–0
27 01932-10-29 October 29, 1932 Stillwater Oklahoma A&M 7–0
28 01933-11-23 November 23, 1933 Norman Oklahoma A&M 13–0
29 01934-11-22 November 22, 1934 Stillwater Tie0–0
30 01935-11-28 November 28, 1935 Norman Oklahoma 25–0 10,000
31 01936-11-26 November 26, 1936 Stillwater Oklahoma 35–13
32 01937-11-25 November 25, 1937 Norman Oklahoma 16–0
33 01938-11-24 November 24, 1938 Stillwater #6 Oklahoma 19–0
34 01939-10-28 October 28, 1939 Norman #6 Oklahoma 41–0
35 01940-10-05 October 5, 1940 Norman Oklahoma 29–27
36 01941-10-04 October 4, 1941 Norman Oklahoma 19–0 25,453
37 01942-09-26 September 26, 1942 Stillwater Tie0–0
38 01943-10-02 October 2, 1943 Oklahoma City Oklahoma 22–13
39 01944-11-25 November 25, 1944 Oklahoma City Oklahoma A&M 28–6
40 01945-11-24 November 24, 1945 Norman #6 Oklahoma A&M 47–0 33,000
41 01946-11-30 November 30, 1946 Stillwater #17 Oklahoma 73–12 18,500
42 01947-11-29 November 29, 1947 Norman #20 Oklahoma 21–13 33,945
43 01948-11-27 November 27, 1948 Stillwater #6 Oklahoma 19–15 30,000
44 01949-11-26 November 26, 1949 Norman #3 Oklahoma 41–0 47,937
45 01950-12-02 December 2, 1950 Stillwater #1 Oklahoma 41–14 28,530
46 01951-12-01 December 1, 1951 Norman #10 Oklahoma 41–6 33,103
47 01952-11-29 November 29, 1952 Stillwater #4 Oklahoma 54–7 21,408
48 01953-11-28 November 28, 1953 Norman #4 Oklahoma 42–7 50,524
49 01954-11-27 November 27, 1954 Stillwater #3 Oklahoma 14–0 38,000
50 01955-11-26 November 26, 1955 Norman #1 Oklahoma 53–0 40,182
51 01956-12-01 December 1, 1956 Stillwater #1 Oklahoma 53–0 36,500
52 01957-11-30 November 30, 1957 Norman #5 Oklahoma 53–6 52,366
53 01958-11-29 November 29, 1958 Stillwater #3 Oklahoma 7–0 37,014
54 01959-11-28 November 28, 1959 Norman #17 Oklahoma 17–7 59,136
55 01960-11-26 November 26, 1960 Stillwater Oklahoma 17–6 32,381
56 01961-12-02 December 2, 1961 Norman Oklahoma 21–13 52,598
57 01962-12-01 December 1, 1962 Stillwater #8 Oklahoma 37–6 35,757
No.DateLocationWinnerScoreAttendance
58 01963-11-30 November 30, 1963 Norman #10 Oklahoma 34–10 50,678
59 01964-11-28 November 28, 1964 Stillwater Oklahoma 21–16 36,987
60 01965-12-04 December 4, 1965 Norman Oklahoma State 17–16 54,876
61 01966-12-03 December 3, 1966 Stillwater Oklahoma State 15–14 36,581
62 01967-12-02 December 2, 1967 Norman #3 Oklahoma 38–14 62,038
63 01968-11-30 November 30, 1968 Stillwater #11 Oklahoma 41–7 38,515
64 01969-11-29 November 29, 1969 Stillwater Oklahoma 28–27 41,315
65 01970-11-28 November 28, 1970 Norman Oklahoma 66–6 60,300
66 01971-12-04 December 4, 1971 Stillwater #3 Oklahoma 58–14 36,571
67 01972-12-02 December 2, 1972 Norman #3 Oklahoma 38–15 62,363
68 01973-12-01 December 1, 1973 Stillwater #2 Oklahoma 45–18 50,964
69 01974-11-30 November 30, 1974 Norman #1 Oklahoma 44–13 62,619
70 01975-11-01 November 1, 1975 Stillwater #2 Oklahoma 27–7 49,358
71 01976-10-23 October 23, 1976 Norman Oklahoma State 31–24 72,041
72 01977-11-05 November 5, 1977 Stillwater #3 Oklahoma 61–28 50,088
73 01978-11-18 November 18, 1978 Norman #4 Oklahoma 62–7 72,339
74 01979-11-03 November 3, 1979 Stillwater #7 Oklahoma 38–7 51,453
75 01980-11-29 November 29, 1980 Norman #6 Oklahoma 63–14 75,681
76 01981-11-28 November 28, 1981 Stillwater Oklahoma 27–3 51,100
77 01982-10-23 October 23, 1982 Norman #20 Oklahoma 27–9 76,406
78 01983-10-15 October 15, 1983 Stillwater #15 Oklahoma 21–20 50,440
79 01984-11-24 November 24, 1984 Norman #2 Oklahoma 24–14 76,198
80 01985-11-30 November 30, 1985 Stillwater #3 Oklahoma 13–0 44,000
81 01986-10-18 October 18, 1986 Norman #5 Oklahoma 19–0 76,022
82 01987-11-07 November 7, 1987 Norman #1 Oklahoma 29–10 75,004
83 01988-11-05 November 5, 1988 Stillwater #8 Oklahoma 31–28 50,440
84 01989-10-07 October 7, 1989 Norman #16 Oklahoma 37–15 74,610
85 01990-10-06 October 6, 1990 Stillwater #7 Oklahoma 31–17 49,800
86 01991-11-16 November 16, 1991 Norman #18 Oklahoma 21–6 68,778
87 01992-11-14 November 14, 1992 Stillwater Tie15–15 50,440
88 01993-11-13 November 13, 1993 Norman #17 Oklahoma 31–0 65,275
89 01994-11-13 November 13, 1994 Stillwater Oklahoma 33–14 50,116
90 01995-11-11 November 11, 1995 Norman Oklahoma State 12–0 75,004
91 01996-11-08 November 8, 1996 Stillwater Oklahoma 27–17 51,416
92 01997-11-08 November 8, 1997 Norman #25 Oklahoma State 30–7 72,422
93 01998-10-24 October 24, 1998 Stillwater Oklahoma State 41–26 50,614
94 01999-11-27 November 27, 1999 Norman Oklahoma 44–7 75,374
95 02000-11-25 November 25, 2000 Stillwater #1 Oklahoma 12–7 48,500
96 02001-11-24 November 24, 2001 Norman Oklahoma State 16–13 75,537
97 02002-11-30 November 30, 2002 Stillwater Oklahoma State 38–28 48,500
98 02003-11-01 November 1, 2003 Norman #1 Oklahoma 52–9 84,027
99 02004-10-30 October 30, 2004 Stillwater #2 Oklahoma 38–35 48,837
100 02005-11-26 November 26, 2005 Norman Oklahoma 42–14 84,875
101 02006-11-25 November 25, 2006 Stillwater #13 Oklahoma 27–21 42,819
102 02007-11-24 November 24, 2007 Norman #10 Oklahoma 49–17 85,238
103 02008-11-29 November 29, 2008 Stillwater #3 Oklahoma 61–41 49,031
104 02009-11-28 November 28, 2009 Norman Oklahoma 27–0 85,606
105 02010-11-27 November 27, 2010 Stillwater #14 Oklahoma 47–41 51,164
106 02011-12-03 December 3, 2011 Stillwater #3 Oklahoma State 44–10 58,141
107 02012-11-24 November 24, 2012 Norman #13 Oklahoma 51–48OT 85,824
108 02013-12-07 December 7, 2013 Stillwater #17 Oklahoma 33–24 58,520
109 02014-12-06 December 6, 2014 Norman Oklahoma State 38–35OT 85,312
110 02015-11-28 November 28, 2015 Stillwater #3 Oklahoma 58–23 58,231
111 02016-12-03 December 3, 2016 Norman #5 Oklahoma 38–20 87,527
112 02017-11-04 November 4, 2017 Stillwater #5 Oklahoma 62–52 56,790
113 02018-11-10 November 10, 2018 Norman #6 Oklahoma 48–47 87,635
Series: Oklahoma leads 88–18–7

Men's basketball[edit | edit source]

Oklahoma owns the all-time series record in men's basketball, 135–95. The Sooners swept the 2013–14, 2014–15 and 2015–16 regular season Bedlam series for the fourth and fifth time in the last 10 seasons. OSU's last series sweep came in 2017. OU is 17–6 in the last 23 Bedlam games and is now 25–18 vs. the Cowboys since the formation of the Big 12 (135–95 all-time).[8]

Wrestling[edit | edit source]

Oklahoma State holds a lopsided advantage in the schools' wrestling rivalry, the original "Bedlam Series."[3][4] The Cowboy wrestling program currently holds a 141–27–10 record against the Sooners, which is all the more remarkable considering that both schools have long been national powers in wrestling. Oklahoma has won seven team national championships in its history, while Oklahoma State's wrestling program has a record thirty-four team national titles.[9]

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. World, Tulsa. "The Bedlam Series". https://www.tulsaworld.com/sportsextra/ousportsextra/bedlam/. Retrieved October 13, 2018.
  2. "Nobody really knows why OU-OSU is called ‘Bedlam’". https://www.sbnation.com/college-football/2017/11/3/16577576/bedlam-rivalry-name-oklahoma-osu-history. Retrieved October 13, 2018.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Postscript: The Historic Field House". Sooner Magazine. Summer 2011. p. 32. http://digital.libraries.ou.edu/sooner/articles/2011v31n4_p32.pdf.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Facilities: Gallagher-Iba Arena (Oklahoma State Official Athletic Site)". http://www.okstate.com/facilities/gallagher-iba.html. Retrieved November 14, 2011.
  5. Long, Charles F. (September 1965). "With Optimism For the Morrow: A History of The University of Oklahoma". Sooner Magazine. http://digital.libraries.ou.edu/sooner/issue_info.asp?issueID=478.
  6. Budin, Steve with Schaller, Bob (2007). Bets, Drugs, and Rock & Roll: The Rise and Fall of the World's First Offshore Sports Gambling Empire. Skyhorse Publishing. ISBN 1-60239-099-1.
  7. "Book claims '54 Bedlam Game was fixed by mob". ESPN. Archived from the original on October 18, 2007. https://web.archive.org/web/20071018134529/http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/news/story?id=3043529. Retrieved October 2, 2007.
  8. "Bedlam basketball debate | Berry Tramel's Blog". Blog.newsok.com. June 29, 2009. http://blog.newsok.com/berrytramel/2009/06/27/bedlam-basketball-debate/. Retrieved November 24, 2012.
  9. "History – Past Champions". NCAA. Archived from the original on November 17, 2006. https://web.archive.org/web/20061117140201/http://www.ncaasports.com/wrestling/mens/history/divi. Retrieved December 11, 2006.

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