In college football, the word recalls big games, dramatic results, and high stakes in one of the sport's best rivalries: Oklahoma vs. Oklahoma State.
Saturday will be the 115th meeting between the two teams (7:30 p.m. ET, ABC), a series that historically has gone wrong in Oklahoma’s favor, with the Sooners leading 89-18-7. Despite this brand, the Bedlam games of the 21st century were often thrilling events with breathtaking moments and usually conference and / or national ramifications. It has become a regular stop for College GameDay, headed from the series' location for the seventh time this weekend.
This time around, both teams are still looking for a place in the Big 12 championship game, so victory is crucial.
Before the final installment, let's take a look back at some of the wildest games in the series' history:
1988: A Classic (Oklahoma 31, Oklahoma State 28)
The 1988 edition of Bedlam was a true classic with several dramatic moments in the last verse. After a touchdown from eventual Heisman Trophy winner Barry Sanders, who gave Oklahoma State a four-point lead, the Sooners marched down to take him back. But the trip was full of mishaps.
On OSU territory Charles Thompson, the Sooners quarterback, threw the ball at center-back Anthony Stafford, but the ball bounced off Stafford onto the turf. Just before three orange jerseys could run together, Stafford pounced on to keep possession of the ball. The next game, Thompson tossed a swing pass at freshman Mike Gaddis, who was hit hard and fumbled, but OU lineman Mark Van Keirsbilck jumped on it before about half a dozen cowboys could and pitched four inches.
Thompson took the snapshot and turned to hand it over. But Stafford and Gaddis collided, then Stafford ran into Thompson. The crash sent Thompson forward a yard just enough for the first descent to keep the ride alive. Three games later, Thompson ran into an 18-yard keeper for a three-point OU lead with 2:33 left.
The Cowboys still had a chance, and quarterback Mike Gundy teamed up with wide receiver Hart Lee Dykes for a few big wins, with a few Sanders runs interspersed to get OSU in goal position. A dubious personal foul penalty against the State of Oklahoma converted a potential fourth and 1 to a fourth and 16 in OU 34, 51 seconds ahead. OSU full-back Garrett Limbrick and OU linebacker Richard Dillon were engaged, and the action was taken out of bounds. However, Lee Corso – the game's color analyst – said, "Unless you're totally positive, don't name something like this to disrupt a great game like this."
Undeterred, Gundy took the fourth snapshot, rolled to the right, planted and launched a missile into the end zone, where an open Brent Parker had slipped behind the Sooners' defense. The ball went off Parker's arms … and hit the grass. Before Parker hit the ground himself, he had already begun to grasp his helmet in agony. The Sooners would win.
Barry Sanders coined Bedlam in 1988 with 215 yards and two touchdowns in a heartbreaking loss to the Sooners. AP Photo / David Longstreath, file
2001: Fields-to-Woods, "The Catch" (Oklahoma State 16, Oklahoma 13)
The proof for the long-cherished rivalry cliché "Throw out the records" was true in this case. The Cowboys were 3-7 in that game while the reigning national champions Sooners was 10-1. And OSU coach Les Miles played a real freshman for quarterback Josh Fields in his first year.
In a consistently close competition, the OSU was less than two minutes ahead of four. T.D. Bryant made a highlight reel catch on Third-and-7 to keep the cowboys alive and get them into the red zone of the OU. Then, 1:36 left, Fields faked Pump and threw a fade to Rashaun Woods who caught up with him for the game-winning touchdown.
A Hail Mary throw from OUs Nate Hybl was intercepted in the final seconds, and the OSU had shocked the Sooners and knocked them out of the national championship and the Big 12 title game in one fell swoop. The next season, OSU hit OU again in Bedlam, and the Cowboys went to a bowl game and made 17 bowl appearances in 18 seasons, after appearing in only one in the last 13 campaigns.
2014: "This is chaos!" (Oklahoma State 38, Oklahoma 35)
Oklahoma led through a touchdown of less than 70 seconds when a memorable sequence occurred. On the fourth and long day, the Sooners stumbled upon Oklahoma state's return specialist, Tyreek Hill – yes, that Tyreek Hill – and he made a fair catch on his own 15-yard line.
But OSU defender Jordan Sterns was tagged for bumping into the punter. The Sooners advanced five meters and stumbled onto the fast hill again. Big mistake. Despite having two Sooners defenders within ten feet, Hill failed to request a fair catch the second time around. He set it down neatly at the 8-yard line, zigzagging, jagging and accelerating through the Sooners' coverage team and into the end zone for a touchdown to play. As Hill raced the last 25 yards towards the goal line, play-by-play commentator Joe Davis yelled, "THAT … IS … BEDLAM!"
In extra time, the Sooners missed a field goal attempt, but OSU's Ben Grogan made his and the Cowboys were bowl ready.
2013: An oh so close INT (Oklahoma 33, Oklahoma State 24)
The Cowboys finished sixth in this game nationwide and were about to win their second Big 12 championship in three seasons. All they needed was a win against the Sooners.
The Sooners played three quarterbacks – Trevor Knight, knocked out with an injury, Kendal Thompson, and finally Blake Bell – and it was a Bell pass that became the focus in the last minute. OSU corner Justin Gilbert seemed momentarily to have intercepted a jump ball from Bell in front of OU Wideout Lacoltan Bester, but when Bester and Gilbert hit the turf, the ball bounced off and was declared incomplete.
With 19 seconds remaining, Bell found Jalen Saunders in the right corner of the end zone to win the touchdown. During OSU's final game, a series of side pieces hoping for a miracle, OU's Eric Striker got a fumble back for a touchdown after time ran out.
By their third quarterback, the Sooners turned to Blake Bell, who promptly led them to a win in one of Bedlam's most memorable games. J. P. Wilson / Icon SMI
2017: Offensive Fireworks (Oklahoma 62, Oklahoma State 52)
The highest scoring game in Bedlam history took place only three years ago.
The game lasted 4 hours, 16 minutes, had 114 combined points, 1,446 combined yards (including more than 1,000 passing yards), 62 combined first downs, and five turnovers.
Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield (school record 598 yards past) and Mason Rudolph (448) had a quarterback duel for the ages. Oklahoma Marquise Brown caught nine passes for a school record of 265 meters, and his efforts prompted Gus Johnson, at one point, to yell, "Hollywood! … Who is this kid?!? Where did he come from?" from?!?"
And for all that insult, it was two defensive games that sparked the late drama: When Oklahoma led 55-52, OSU linebacker Chad Whitener intercepted Mayfield at the goal line to keep OSU in. But on the following trip Rudolph was picked up by Robert Barnes from OU, which destroyed the hopes of the cowboys. Trey Sermon's late touchdown run sealed the victory for the Sooners.
Other Notable Bedlam Games:
• • 2000, Oklahoma 12, Oklahoma State 7: Oklahoma defender Derrick Strait, who was five points clear in less than four minutes, threw a fourth pass from OSU quarterback Aso Pogi in the end zone, securing a victory in the Sooners national championship season.
• • 1983, Oklahoma 21, Oklahoma State 20: Oklahoma State led 20-3 in the fourth quarter, but the Sooners – excluding Marcus Dupree, who had left the team a week earlier – bounced back with the help of an onside kick recovery and a 46-yard field goal from Tim Lashar .
• • 1995, Oklahoma State 12, Oklahoma 0: The state of Oklahoma has recorded a tiny 41 offensive yards for the past two quarters and is still killing the Sooners. It would be the only Bedlam game OU coach Howard Schnellenberger would take part in. His stint ended after the 1995 season.
• • 1985, Oklahoma 13, Oklahoma State 0: This is Bedlam's version of the "Ice Bowl" as the teams played in sub-zero winds. The green lawn was practically invisible because of the ice cover. OU went on to win the national title.
• • 2012, Oklahoma 51, Oklahoma State 48: A year after beating Oklahoma State 44-10 en route to a Big 12 championship and Fiesta Bowl, the Sooners won an overtime thriller. "The Belldozer", Blake Bell, scored a touchdown four seconds from time, and Brennan Clay broke several tackles for the successful touchdown run in OT.
• • 1969, Oklahoma 28, Oklahoma State 27: Heisman Trophy winner Steve Owens registered a then NCAA record of 55 (!) For 261 yards for the Sooners, but it was Albert Qualls & # 39; Sack OSU quarterback Bob Cutburth of OU on a late two-point switch attempt who sealed the victory for that used to be.
• • 1976, Oklahoma State 31, Oklahoma 24: Less than a minute into the game, traffic jam Terry Miller scored a 72-yard touchdown for OSU, but the Sooners eventually took advantage of an 11-point advantage. The unranked Cowboys then scored 18 direct points, including 10 in the final seven minutes to overtake the No. 5 OU and secure their first Bedlam win in a decade.
• • 2008, Oklahoma 61, Oklahoma State 41: At the time, the top rated Bedlam (now runner-up behind the 2017 slope) was taking place in the middle of a heated Big 12 race. Sam Bradford pitched a win for 370 yards and four TDs that led OU to the famous three-way tie that allowed them to enter the Big 12 championship (and later the BCS National Championship Game).