When you’re able to do something your entire life that you’ve loved and you’re able to get paid to do it, it’s hard to let go. — Bob Barry Sr.
Bedlam carries on without its voice
INDEX Loss to Baylor scuttles OU’s hopes for the national title, OU 6 Column: Clay Horning still sees significance in Bedlam despite season’s setbacks, OU 10 No matter the score, Bedlam is still remembered as an important game each season, OU 12 The best and worst of Bedlam, OU 14
By John Shinn
Bedlam notebook, OU 17
Transcript Sports Writer
The 106th edition of Bedlam appears to have everything a fan could desire. National championship implications, Heisman Trophy implications, Big 12 Conference title on the line. There will, however, be one huge absence. For the first time in 50 years, Bob Barry Sr., won’t be perched high above Boone Pickens Stadium nor his voice heard on radios throughout the state. Barry retired as the play-by-play voice of Sooner football and men’s basketball in March. But his death on Oct. 29 at the age of 80 has left the rivalry with a huge void. Barry called Sooner football games for 33 seasons. His career started in 1961 as the personal choice of legendary OU coach Bud Wilkinson to call the Sooner games. What some new to the rivalry either forget or didn’t know was Barry spent 17 years (1973-90) calling the Cowboys’ games. “Every morning he’d get up and was thankful he was doing play-byplay for OU and the same thing when he worked for OSU,” said Michael Dean, who was Barry’s producer and engineer on radio broadcasts during the final 20 years of his career. It was why Barry’s death was mourned in households throughout the state. Didn’t matter which side of the rivalry allegiances fell. Barry was part of it. He called the games of Heisman Trophy winners from both schools, OU’s Steve Owens (1969), Jason White (2004) and Sam Bradford (2008) and OSU’s Barry Sanders (1988). “Bob Barry was a very close
The Big 12 only thought it retired the conference title game last year, OU 19 Stats, OU 20 The season in review, OU 21-31
ON THE COVER Photo by Jackson Laizure / Getty Images OU’s Roy Finch tries to evade OSU defenders during Bedlam, Nov. 27, 2010, at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater.
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Bob Barry Sr., who died Oct. 28, was an Oklhoma sports announcing legend was the voice of the Sooners and the Cowboys. friend of our family and a true legend in the state of Oklahoma,” Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said. “He always had a smile and a great sense of humor.” Gundy would know. Barry called the Cowboys’ game when Gundy was OSU’s quarterback from 198689. Ironically, the era of OU football he missed out on spanned all of legendary coach Barry Switzer’s tenure. “Bob and I didn’t have a professional experience, but we had a social experience here in Norman,” Switzer said after Barry’s funeral. “I got to know Bob extremely well. … Truly, he was a legend in sports announcing and admired by everyone, and he’s a good person. More importantly, that’s what I
think of Bob. He was a good man, a good guy.” That will be remembered as the Sooners and Cowboys prepare to meet in what has set up to be the biggest game in the rivalry’s history. It’s the kind of game Barry would have loved to be able to call. He knew it was something he would miss when he announced his retirement back in 2010. “When you’re able to do something your entire life that you’ve loved and you’re able to get paid to do it, it’s hard to let go,” Barry said back in August 2010 when he announced he was entering his final season as a broadcaster. “Part of me doesn’t want to let go. The other part of says it’s time, Bubba.” It’s times like these when it feels like the time came way too soon.
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Loss to Baylor scuttles OU’s hopes for the national title By John Shinn Transcript Sports Writer
The first three months of Oklahoma’ season revealed a team that could both dazzle and disappoint. There was the team that started the season ranked No. 1 in every poll and dominated in games against Tulsa, Florida State, Texas and Kansas State. But could also look listless against Missouri and Kansas. There was also the team that gave up a 39-game home winning streak with a loss to Texas Tech — which didn’t win another game after beating the Sooners — and lost for the first time in the program’s history to Baylor. It’s that Baylor loss that ultimately defines OU’s season to date. It was the one that pulled the plug on OU’s national championship hopes. “It hurts,” OU quarterback Landry Jones said after the loss to the Bears. “This team was definitely capable of playing in that (BCS championship) game and we have the talent to play in it. It definitely sucks.” But the Sooners have been a team in a constant state of evolution this season due to injuries and other circumstances. The injuries have had a huge effect. OU (9-2, 6-2 Big 12) will enter Bedlam without leading receiver Ryan Broyles, who was lost for the season with a knee injury Nov. 5 against Texas A&M. It left OU tweaking a passing attack that no longer featured one
of the best receivers in the history of college football. The breakout player of the first six weeks of the season was walk-on running back Dominique Whaley. He’d given the Sooners the power back with breakaway speed it hadn’t had in several years. Then, he missed the Texas Tech game with the flu and suffered a season-ending ankle injury on the first play of the Kansas State game. OU will still enter Saturday’s game against Oklahoma State (10-1, 7-1) averaging over 550 yards and over 43 points a game. But it’s not at full strength. Teams rarely are in early December. This year has been no exception. The inconsistency of OU’s defense has been harder to figure out. It was dominant defensive performances that allowed OU to roll to its biggest wins this season. It held Florida State, Texas, Kansas State and Iowa State to less than 300 yards. But it also gave up over 570 yards in both its losses. One thing it showed was the ability to regroup after a bad performance. “Life is a series of storms. When in the middle of one, you have to come out. We’re going right back into one this week,” OU defensive coordinator Brent Venables said. “Character is revealed when you’re in those things.” The Sooners’ character will be defined by how it plays at Oklahoma State Saturday. • See Hopes, Page OU7
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Oklahoma defenders Frank Alexander, Corey Nelson, David King and Tom Wort gang tackle Iowa State quarterback Jared Barnett (16) on Nov. 26 during a Big 12 Conference game in Norman. Iowa State delivered a 37-31 heart-breaker to Oklahoma State in double overtime on Nov. 18.
Hopes: Sooners’ season filled with jubilation and dejection as hype fades • From Page OU6
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Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) and Oklahoma linebacker Tom Wort (21) during an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011, in Waco, Texas. Baylor won 45-38.
It started the season with realistic national championship expectations. It’s been slowed by injuries and inconsistency. “I feel like we’ve got a special group of players to be able to lose and come back and fight,” defensive end Frank Alexander said. “If you keep winning, you’ll never know how you’d respond, if you’re always on top.” The year began with everything in place for OU to be on top. Some injuries, some upsets and some bad plays at the wrong time have knocked it from that perch. One thing OU has shown is the ability to rise up for big games. Bedlam with a Big 12 championship on the line would seem to qualify. “We’re a bunch that has been over there plenty of times and understand the challenge of it, respect the challenge of it. But I believe our team is also excited about it,” OU coach Bob Stoops said.
OU vs. Iowa State, 2011: Time to take the Sooner Schooner for a spin The Sooner Schooner is driven onto the field to celebrate an Oklahoma score against Iowa State in the second quarter of an NCAA college football game last weekend in Norman. Oklahoma won 26-6. Sue Ogrocki / The Associated Press
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Despite setbacks, there’s still plenty to play for ood enough to dream’ is one of my favorite phrases. Because, when you think about it, it’s what being an athlete, a fan or any kind of competitor is all about. In a world in which Bill Snyder can bring Kansas State back as he has, in which the Sooner women returned to the Final Four after losing Whitney Hand for the season, in which longshots come home, who isn’t good enough to dream? The thought is as timeless as the games themselves. Clay Horning Bedlam, it turned out, became Norman the opposite. Transcript Too good to dream. All the stars came back. The quarterbacks, the receivers, a defender here and there who might have left early for the NFL draft. They all came back and, for most of this season, everything added up to a Bedlam for the ages. For the Big 12 title. For a shot at a national title. For supremacy in a college-footballmad state, even in a year the Okla-
homa City Thunder, that one entity able to bring both sides of Bedlam together, may take the year off. Alas, it wasn’t to be. Not all of it. Just most of it. Not that it feels that way. Take it from somebody who covers OU and is surrounded by the Sooner Nation, the difference between being in position to win a conference championship and a national championship is immense. Because whenever the latter is available, settling for the former feels like kissing your sister. It’s hard to remember just how special it really is to be top dog in a bigtime conference. One without Nebraska and Colorado, yet still plenty competitive. Just ask the two best teams in the conference: the Sooners and Cowboys. Losses to Iowa State and Baylor are non-sensical and yet, they only happen in a conference like the Big 12, a league deeper than Rush’s lyrics, Dennis Miller’s comedy and that philosophy professor you had who always seemed to have it all figured out. Bedlam, which was supposed to arrive with a deafening bang, now
arrives with a bit of a thud … until you realize what’s still on the line. It may be hard to see how, but a case still can be made that Oklahoma State remains on the periphery of the national-championship picture. The Cowboys are No. 4 in the BCS. The list of unbeatens continues to shrink and shrink. Who knows what the landscape will be by 11 p.m. Saturday? Still, the main event concerning Bedlam 2011 may be bigger still. Because, momentarily, Orange Power has pulled even with Boomer Sooner. This Bedlam winner will be ahead. Not looking back, but moving forward. Try that one on, Sooner Nation. OSU finally has the facilities and the team to compete on the same level as OU. Win Saturday and the Pokes pull ahead. Likely not forever, perhaps for only this season. But that’s not the point. Thanks to Boone Pickens, the foundation of a new athletic culture at OSU has been laid. Thanks to Mike Gundy and staff, that culture is now in transformation Viewed through binoculars from
Sooner Nation, the barbarians are at the gate. And because they’re well funded, well coached and heavy on talent, they’re not going back. Should OSU win Saturday night, it will be in position in share the big stage with the Sooners for years to come. Sooner loyalists might want to get used to the possibility. Arguably, the Cowboys already are there. Take a look at this season and the previous two: OU has played 37 games and won 28. OSU has played 38 games and won 30. OU has a conference championship. OSU will have one if it beats OU. See how it works? It is not a changing of the guard, but it’s certainly something. The Pokes are at the door, lassos in hand. The Sooners must avoid getting caught, even in the Cowboys’ back yard. You bet there’s plenty still to play for Saturday. Maybe everything. Clay Horning is sports editor for The Norman Transcript.
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Whether close or blowout, Bedlam remembered as important By Michael Kinney Transcript Sports Writer
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Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones looks for a receiver down field during 2010 Bedlam. Regardless of the significance of the Bedlam game, it’s the rivaly that matters the most.
Chuck Fairbanks never lost to Oklahoma State. The former Oklahoma coach ended his brief tenure with a prefect 6-0 record against the in-state rival Despite that, Fairbanks said Bedlam has always been an intense rivalry, no matter what the scoreboard said. It’s always a big game when you have two in-state universities in the same conference,” Fairbanks said. “In those years OU’s advantage over OSU was so significant that it wasn’t our biggest rival game. Our biggest rival we had was against Texas. The second was Nebraska. Oklahoma State was important because you have to win at home in this business. You’ve got to be able to beat the people you live with. That importance is still there and more important today.” The Sooners own a commanding 82–16–7 Bedlam record. The last time they lost to the Cowboys was a 38-28
affair in 2002. Since then OU has won close games and blowouts. Yet, fans still are excited about the annual game. That includes this year’s contest, which will be Saturday in Stillwater. “As an OU fan, the game is important for bragging rights as well as getting another conference title, not to mention a spot in a BCS game,” Jeff Mayhall said. “Plus getting to hear the (Mike) Gundy rant about being a man this time of year is always priceless.” For Jay Jimmerson, the Bedlam games were special because of the people on the other sideline. In his four years at Oklahoma he also never lost to Oklahoma State. But because he grew up with several of the players in the bright orange jerseys, just beating them made Bedlam standout. “There was more of a disparity in the scores and stuff,” Jimmerson said. “We • See BEDLAM, page OU 13
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Bedlam: ‘You had to beat the ones you lived with,’ Fairbanks said • From Page OU 12 were really good. We beat them four years running. I knew some of the guys that played up there. So it was an intense rivalry. Both sides obviously wanted to win. It seemed like back then that we may have had more Oklahoma players than they do now. For that reason, it may have been a little more meaningful. It was a pretty intense rivalry.” Jimmerson’s first year at OU in 1977 began a 15-game win streak for the Sooners. It was interrupted by a 15-15 tie in 1992 that causes Sooners pain to think about to this day. But the overwhelming majority of highlights Oklahoma players and fans remember, all end with a victory. “At the time I was coaching OU, for the most part we were substantially ahead of OSU at the time,” Fairbanks said. “In 1969, I believe, which was Steve Owens’ senior year, Steve set a record in that game up there. It was a close, hard-fought game in Stillwater. Steve carried the ball 50-plus times, which was
record in those years. Late in the game we had the ball inside the 5-yard line and were driving for a touchdown and quarterback Bobby Wormack called a time-out. I asked Bobby why he called a time-out. He said Owens said he was tired. I said go back in there and tell Owens he has all winter to rest. “We won a close game 28-27,” he said. Even when the games are close, Bedlam has a significant meaning. “The one to me that instantly comes to mind would have been my senior year in 1980,” Jimmerson said. “Only because it was last game of the season and we were looking to hopefully win the Big 8 Conference and get a berth to Orange Bowl. It was senior day, which is always special. We played really well on both sides of the field and beat them 63-14. It was an all around great day. It as my last day to play at Owen Field, which stands out. When I was there we usually beat them each year by 20 to 50 points. It was still intense. You knew you were going to go up there and have a dog fight. Like wise when they came to OU.”
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Sooner tight end James Hanna works his way through Oklahoma State defenders during 2010 Bedlam.
For many, Bedlam remembered as best and worst of times By John Shinn Transcript Sports Writer
Saturday’s game between Oklahoma and Oklahoma State is arguably the most anticipated game in the rivalry’s history because of what’s at stake in the regularseason finale for both teams. The winner Saturday night in Stillwater will be the Big 12 champion and receive the BCS bowl berth. Stakes like that have been rare in the rivalry’s history. Stakes like that have been rare, but there have been other games that were significant for other reasons:
Two top 3 teams
National champion crowned
Nov. 24, 1984 Norman OU 24, OSU 14 There has never been a more highly anticipated Bedlam game than the historic game in 1984. OU was No. 2 in the AP poll and No. 3 in the UPI. Oklahoma State was No. 3 in the AP and No. 2 in the UPI. The Big 8 Conference title, Orange Bowl berth and national title hopes hung in the balance. This game was tied at 14-14 midway through the third quarter. Then, two plays shifted the game in OU’s direction. Cowboy quarterback Rusty Hilger fumbled and OU turned it into a Tim Lashar 27-yard field goal for a 17-14 lead. Then, a highly disputed fumbled punt by OSU’s Bobby Riley sealed the OU victory. The fumble set up Spencer Tillman’s 20-yard TD run and a 24-12 lead the Sooners were able to cling to. How big was the Sooner victory? Students stormed the field and tore down the goal posts after the game. That wouldn’t happen again until 2000. As it turned out, the game had no bearing on the national title race. BYU won the national title with a victory in the Holiday Bowl.
Nov. 5, 1988 Stillwater OU 31, OSU 28 Many believe this was the Cowboys’ most talented team. There was no doubt they had the best player in the country — running back Barry Sanders in the middle of an historic Heisman Trophy winning season. The Sooners were ranked eighth and gunning for their fifth straight Big 8 title. The 12th-ranked Cowboys were trying to force a three-way tie for the league title after an earlier loss to Nebraska. The game certainly lived up to the hype and many believe it was the best game in the rivalry’s history. Both Sanders and OU running back Mike Gaddis rushed for more the 200 yards. The game, however, is remembered for its ending: A personal foul call on OSU fullback Garrett Limbrick that turned a fourth-andinches into a a fourth-and-16 with just under 1 minute left in the game. OSU quarterback Mike Gundy lofted a pass to the end zone that was dropped by wide receiver Brent Parker.
Dec. 1, 1956 Stillwater OU 53, OSU 0 Why was this rout significant? It holds the status of being the only Bedlam game that has ever decided a national championship. The 1956 Sooners couldn’t go to a bowl game that year because Big Seven Conference teams weren’t allowed to play in them in consecutive years. The regular season finale at OSU was going to serve as the season finale. The Sooners put an emphatic stamp on their second straight national championship and third in seven years. The shutout victory was OU’s third straight over the Cowboys, pushed the Sooners’ NCAA record winning streak to 40 games and was the crowning afternoon for what many believe is one of the best teams in the history of college football.
• See TIMES, page OU 15
Times: Some say ’45 loss marked turning point in OU, Bedlam history • From Page OU 14
Nov. 25, 1945
Nov. 24, 2001
Norman OSU 16, OU 13
The fourth-ranked Sooners were playing for a second straight berth in the Big 12 championship game and were in position to play for a second straight national championship thanks to a loss by No. 1 Nebraska a day earlier. All OU had to do was beat a 3-7 OSU at Owen Field. The day ended with the biggest upset in Bedlam history. Quarterback Josh Fields led OSU on two long touchdown drives in the final eight minutes. The defining moment was Rashaun Woods’ spectacular 14-yard touchdown catch in front of an OU cornerback with 96 seconds left in the game. The loss was kept the Sooners out of the Big 12 title game and was the first of only three Sooner coach Bob Stoops has suffered at Owen Field.
OSU 47, OU 0
Many believe the 1945 game was significant because it marked the end of a great era of OSU football and coincided with the Sooners’ rise to a national power. The Thanksgiving Weekend affair was a blowout. The Cowboys rolled to their 18th straight victory and allowed it to roll into the Sugar Bowl unbeaten. The tone of the game was set early with OSU running back Bob Fenimore returning the opening kickoff for a touchdown. He finished the day with 139 rushing yards and completed 6 of 7 passes for 110 yards. Historians believe it was the 1945 Bedlam game that prompted OU officials make football a priority at the school. The Sooners won their first national championship five years later and didn’t lose to the Cowboys again until 1965 and have only lost eight times to OSU since.
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Sooner quarterback Sam Bradford scrambles out of the pocket and tries to evade a Cowboy defender in Bedlam 2008.
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Notebook: The back stories that make Bedlam so much fun By Clay Horning Transcript Sports Editor
The powers that be at Oklahoma and Oklahoma State have been quite cordial of late, with university presidents David L. Boren and Burns Hargis seemingly on the same page during every turn of the realignment saga that has once again left both schools where they began, at last since the Big 12’s been around. And still, in some things, it’s always, well, Bedlam. For example, the Sooners claim to lead the series 82-16-7. The Cowboys, however, claim it to be an 81-17-7 count. Why is that? Well, OSU claims the 1972 game, a 3815 Owen Field Sooner victory, in retrospect belongs to it, the result of the NCAA officially ruling it a Sooner forfeit. That might also shed light on the Sooners’ 1974 national championship, a season in which OU, on probation for past
75 Years as Your Bank!
wrongs — the same past wrongs that forced the Bedlam forfeit — was made ineligible for bowl competition, and therefore, by agreement, ineligible to appear in the United Press International (UPI) coaches poll. But that didn’t keep the writers from voting the Sooners No. 1 in the Associated Press (AP) writers’ poll, even after they played their last game of the 1974 season in November, rather than January. Perhaps where you stand determines your take on the series history. With that, here’s some more from a series that will play its 106th game at Boone Pickens Stadium Saturday. ■ OU leads the series 38-6-5 in Stillwater, 38-6-2 in Norman, 5-2 in Oklahoma City and 1-0 in Guthrie. ■ The series’ first game took place in Guthrie, which would go on to become Oklahoma’s first capital (though statehood didn’t arrive until 1907), on Nov. 6, 1904. OU claimed a 75-0 victory.
■ The last neutral-site game was played in 1944 in Oklahoma City. A 28-6 OSU (then Oklahoma A&M) victory, the Pokes claimed the next meeting 47-0 for their most lopsided victory in series history. OSU didn’t claim another threetouchdown victory in the series until 1997, the middle season of John Blake’s three years as OU head coach, when the Cowboys prevailed 30-7. ■ The Pokes can claim one run of real dominance in the series, from 1924 to 1934 when they lost only twice, won five times and tied three others. In four of those five victories, they shut out the Sooners. Within that stretch, from 1929 to 1934, the Pokes won three and tied three, with every one of the ties being a 0-0 final score. ■ The Sooners claim several dominant runs, the longest being a string of 19 straight victories from 1946 to 1964; within that run is included a very odd sixyear stretch, from 1955 to 1960, in which
OU scored 53 points in the ‘55, ‘56 and ‘57 games, only to score 7, 17 and 17 in the next three. Still, OU won every one by at least a touchdown.
Les is more Former OSU coach and now LSU coach Les Miles gets a lot of grief for his poor clock management, the rather odd way he answers questions on camera, the way he claps his hands (or palms) and his propensity for always wearing a cap. But give the man his due. During his tenure at OSU, he may have been the only coach ever to get under the skin of Bob Stoops. Miles did it with some offseason (and pregame) comments between the 2002 and 2003 Bedlam games. At the time, Miles was coming off huge back-to-back upsets of the Sooners, but on Nov. 1, 2003, OU rocked OSU 52-9. With that, • See NOTEBOOK, page OU 18
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Notebook: Networks reach fans across region • From Page OU 17 Stoops cut loose a little. “If we beat whoever, if we beat Oklahoma State or whoever else, and they’re sitting there in a championship game, you’re not going to hear a peep out of me,” Stoops said, a year after losing to OSU, but going on to win the 2002 Big 12 title game. Stoops said Miles told him, during their postgame handshake, “I guess we found out who the real No. 1 team (was),” and then, wrapping up, Stoops said, “I don’t need him to tell me what we are.”
Scheduling oddity Last year, OU finished the regular season with road victories at Baylor and Oklahoma State (followed by neutral-site away-from-home victories over Nebraska and
Connecticut). It was the first time since 2006 OU has closed with two straight regular-season road games, and only the second time since 1986. This year marks the second straight Bedlam game in Stillwater, something that hadn’t happened since 1968 and 1969. For its part, OU played host to two straight Bedlam games in 1986 and 1987.
In fact, 1984 marked only the second time the Pokes entered as even a top 10 team. The first time was 1945, when thenOklahoma A&M was ranked No. 6, on the verge of a 9-0 regular season, and whipped OU 47-0. The third time OSU entered in the top 10 was last season, when No. 14 OU beat No. 10 OSU 4741.
Ranking the series
The last time the Sooners and Cowboys entered Bedlam ranked so high was Nov. 24, 1984 when OU was No. 2 and OSU No. 3. The Sooners won that game 24-14. And while both teams have been ranked many times over the years, 1984 is the only seasons both teams have faced each other — as everybody assumed they would face each other this season — in the top 5.
Thirty-three radio stations broadcast Sooner football in 30 different cities and towns. Out of state, the Sooner Sports Network counts affiliates in Wichita, Kan., Dallas, Houston and Fort Smith, Ark. The OSU Cowboy Sports Network includes 27 radio football affiliates in 25 different cities and towns. It counts one out-of-state affiliate, in Amarillo, Texas.
By the Numbers: Bedlams through the years 1904 1906 1907 1908 1910 1911 1912 1913 1914 1915 1916 1917 1918 1919 1920 1921 1922 1923 1924 1925 1926 1927 1928 1929 1930 1931 1932 1933 1934 1935 1936 1937 1938 1940 1941
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75-0 2-0 67-0 18-0 12-0 22-0 16-0 7-0 28-6 26-7 41-7 9-0 27-0 33-6 36-0 6-0 3-3 12-0 6-0 35-0 14-14 13-7 46-0 0-0 7-0 0-0 7-0 13-0 0-0 25-0 35-13 16-0 19-0 29-27 19-0
1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976
Tie OU OU OSU OU OU OU OU OU OU OU OU OU OU OU OU OU OU OU OU OU OU OU OSU OSU OU OU OU OU OU OU OU OU OU OSU
0-0 22-13 28-6 47-0 73-12 21-13 9-15 41-0 41-14 41-6 54-7 42-7 14-0 53-0 53-0 53-6 7-0 17-7 17-6 21-13 37-6 34-10 21-16 17-16 15-14 38-14 41-7 28-27 66-6 58-14 38-15 45-18 44-13 27-7 31-24
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Look, a championship game! Big 12 only thought it retired conference title match last season By John Shinn Transcript Sports Writer
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Among last week’s recipients of the Don Key Award was tight end James Hanna, seen here carrying the ball down field against Iowa State defenders.
The semifinal game for the national championship was what everybody hoped Bedlam would be this year. For the first eight weeks of the season, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State were on that path. All that went out the window Nov. 18 when the Cowboys lost at Iowa State. Any chance of getting it back went to pot Nov. 19 when the Sooners lost to Baylor. What’s left, however, is something rare in the Bedlam series — a de facto Big 12 championship game. That will be the big prize going to the winner Saturday night at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater. “I mean this is big, this is Bedlam, this is for the Big 12 title,” Sooner wide receiver Dejuan Miller said. “That’s really enough said, there’s nothing really else to say. It’s for a trip to a BCS Bowl. OSU is playing for their first BCS appearance ever in their school’s history. So this is definitely a huge game. This would definitely be a great way to
go out as a senior.” As little as two weeks ago you’d have to wonder if that would be enough to pique the Sooners’ interest. This was a team that relished being the preseason favorite to win the national championship. It was a mystery that remained unsolved as OU prepared to face the Cyclones last week. Then a loud roar went up in OU’s locker room when Bedlam was first mentioned. This rivalry still means a lot to the Sooners. “Being part of this game is special,” OU defensive end Frank Alexander said. “OU-Texas is big, but this is an in-state rivalry. I love this game. There’s nothing like it.” You could say that about Bedlam every year. This marks the seventh straight season both teams have ended the regular season against one another. But the added intrigue of a Big 12 championship — for either team — hanging in the balance is new to all. The Big 12 South title was on the line when the teams met in
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last year’s classic in Stillwater. But you have to go back to the old Big Eight Conference days and 1984 to find a Bedlam game that carried the same weight. The thought of it had the Sooners excited after Saturday’s 26-6 victory over Iowa State that solidified the 2011 Bedlam stake. “We’ve got a bigger challenge in front of us,” OU safety/linebacker Tony Jefferson said. “Maybe we aren’t on a national championship run, but we do have a shot at the Big 12.” The Big 12 championship means something to the Sooners. A victory over the Cowboys would give them eight since 2000. No other program that’s ever been a member of the Big 12 has more than three. This might not be the idealized Bedlam game so many had hoped was brewing. OU, however, is in a position it relishes as it prepares to face the Cowboys Saturday night. “They know it’s a one-game season with the chance for the Big 12 championship.” OU coach Bob Stoops said. “That’s where you want to be.”
By the Numbers: Oklahoma / team OSU 473 430
OPP 229 208
FIRST DOWNS Rushing Passing Penalty
297 105 180 12
207 83 107 17
RUSHING YARDAGE Yards gained rushing Yards lost rushing Rushing Attempts Average Per Rush Average Per Game TDs Rushing
1896 2066 170 399 48 1724 26
1397 1796 399 406 34 1270 11
SCORING Points Per Game
PASSING YARDAGE 4131 2706 Comp-Att-Int 322-508-13 210-393-13 Average Per Pass 81 69 Average Per Catch 128 129 Average Per Game 3755 2460 TDs Passing 28 16 TOTAL OFFENSE Total Plays Average Per Play Average Per Game
6027 907 66 5479
4103 799 51 3730
KICK RETURNS: #-Yards 35-716 69-1396 PUNT RETURNS: #-Yards 25-231 10-121 INT RETURNS: #-Yards 13-239 13-62 KICK RETURN AVG. 205 202 PUNT RETURN AVG. 92 121 INT RETURN AVG. 184 48 FUMBLES-LOST 14-10 18-11 PENALTIES-Yards 53-483 70-493 Average Per Game 439 448 PUNTS-Yards 49-2034 81-3329 Average Per Punt 415 411 Net punt ave책rage 370 368 TIME OF POSSESSION/Game 30:10 29:50 3RD-DOWN Conversions 72/166 50/167 3rd-Down Pct 43% 30% 4TH-DOWN Conversions 7/12 5/15 4th-Down Pct 58% 33% SACKS BY-Yards 37-266 6-35 MISC YARDS 0 0 TOUCHDOWNS SCORED 58 28 FG-ATTEMPTS 23-26 11-16 ON-SIDE KICKS 0-1 1-2 RED-ZONE SCORES (54-60) 90% (20-29) 69% RED-ZONE TDs (36-60) 60% (15-29) 52% PAT-ATTEMPTS (56-58) 97% (26-27) 96% ATTENDANCE 510967 218257 Games/Avg Per Game 6/85161 4/54564 Neutral Site Games 1/96009
By the Numbers: Oklahoma / individual RUSHING Att 113 96 59 39 15 3 33 25 7 1 1 7 399 406
Whaley Finceh Clay Williams Millard Franks Bell Jones Miller Broyles Stills Team Total Opp.
Net 627 536 217 209 116 93 92 28 20 3 1 -46 1896 1397
Avg 5.5 5.6 3.7 5.4 7.7 31.0 2.8 1.1 2.9 3.0 1.0 -6.6 4.8 3.4
TD 9 3 1 0 2 0 9 2 0 0 0 0 26 11
Long Avg/G 64 89.6 55 48.7 12 24.1 17 29.9 61 10.5 45 10.3 10 18.4 11 2.5 8 20.0 3 0.3 1 0.1 0 -9.2 64 172.4 56 127.0
Stills Reynolds Finch Hanna Miller Whaley Clay Franks Millard Ratterree Jackson Haywood Miller Total Opp.
52 39 29 24 20 15 14 12 11 9 7 6 1 322 210
755 692 251 350 229 153 76 138 88 98 91 42 11 4131 2706
14.5 17.7 8.7 14.6 11.4 10.2 5.4 11.5 8.0 10.9 13.0 7.0 11.0 12.8 12.9
8 5 0 2 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 28 16
58 62 47 54 23 24 16 24 17 25 24 19 11 64 87
83.9 76.9 22.8 31.8 20.8 21.9 8.4 15.3 8.0 8.9 10.1 7.0 11.0 375.5 246.0
Tackles (leaders) PASSING Jones Allen Bell TEAM Total Opp.
GP Effic C-A-I 148.00 312-487-12 93.52 9-16-0 -8.20 1-4-1 0.00 0-1-0 144.76 322-508-13 118.09 210-393-13
Pct 64.1 56.2 25.0 0.0 63.4 53.4
Yds 4052 71 8 0 4131 2706
TD 28 0 0 0 28 16
Long Avg/G 64 128.6
Colvin T. Lewis Wort R. Lewis Jefferson Alexander Nelson
U 48 42 27 33 38 32 24
A 25 28 35 26 20 19 26
T 73 70 62 59 58 51 50
Loss 4.5-21 2.0-2 4.5-28 13.0-83 7.5-43 18.0-76 8.0-38
Sacks 0.5-4 3.5-24 5.5-58 4.5-37 8.5-49 5.5-34
Season in review: Game 1 Ryan Broyles, a Norman native, hauled in 14 passes for 158 yards and one touchdown in OU’s season opener against Tulsa.
Oklahoma 47, Tulsa 14 NORMAN — Oklahoma’s season opener turned into an emphatic statement, as OU rolled over Tulsa 4714. The Sooners sprinted to a 30-0 lead and coasted home on a night when they rolled up 663 yards of total offense. The yards weren’t weren’t the only story. Who was getting them turned out to be a major surprise. Dominique Whaley announced his presence with authority. The walk-on junior carried 18 times for 131 yards and four touchdowns in falling just one TD shy of the NCAA record for rushing scores in a debut. Whaley keyed a 246-yard effort on the ground. Sooner quarterback Landry Jones got off to a hot start as well, completing 35-of-47 attempts for 375 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions. Per usual, his favorite target was Ryan Broyles, who hauled in 14 passes for 158 yards and one touchdown. Aside from three big plays, Oklahoma’s defense was outstanding. The Golden Hurricane picked up nearly 40 percent of its yards (159 of 400) and both touchdowns on those three pass plays. Defensive end Frank Alexander logged two pass deflections and one interception, which he returned 27 yards, to go with six tackles. Jerry Laizure / The Norman Transcript
Season in review: Game 2 Oklahoma 23, Florida State, 13 TALLAHASSE, Fla. — In what was billed as one of college football’s biggest non-conference games, Oklahoma defended its No. 1 ranking with an emphatic, 23-13, victory over No. 5 Florida State at raucous Doak Campbell Stadium. Sooner wide receiver Kenny Stills was responsible for one of the season’s indelible images, snaring a 37-yard touchdown pass from Landry Jones midway through the fourth quarter for the go-ahead score. However, it was OU’s defense that ruled the night, holding the Seminoles to 246 yards and giving up just the one touchdown. Safety Javon Harris picked off two passes for the Sooners, who forced three
turnovers and had six sacks against two Florida State quarterbacks. The Seminoles played the final 20 minutes without starting quarterback E.J. Manuel, who left in the third with a left shoulder injury. Backup Clint Trickett kept the Seminoles in it. He hooked up with freshman Rashad Greene for a 56-yard touchdown on a third-and-28 with 9:32 left in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 13. But on the next possession, Jones went high and deep down the sideline to the 6-foot-1 Stills, who outleaped Greg Reid for the touchdown. Kicker Jimmy Stevens put the game away with a 31-yard field goal with 2 minutes remaining to seal the Sooners’ biggest road Ryan Broyles scores against Florida State in Tallahasse. victory since the 2000 season.
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Season in review: Game 3 Oklahoma 38, Missouri 28 NORMAN — Oklahoma’s grip on the No. 1 spot in the polls started to slip on a late night at Owen Field that also proved it wasn’t invincible at home. Landry Jones hooked up with AllAmerican Ryan Broyles for 154 yards and three touchdowns, but the biggest storyline was the Sooners having to rally from an early deficit. They actually trailed the Tigers 14-3 at the end of the first quarter. The Sooners had gone the previous 20 home games without ever falling behind. The Sooners roared back with 28 straight points to avenge a loss in Columbia last year when they were first in the BCS standings and move their home winning streak — the longest in the nation — to 38 straight games.
The Sooners trailed the Tigers 14-3 at the end of the first quarter. The Sooners had gone the previous 20 home games without ever falling behind. Jerry Laizure / The Norman Transcript
Safety Tony Jefferson fueled a second-quarter scoring surge with interceptions on three straight drives
Season in review: Game 4 Oklahoma 62, Ball State 6 NORMAN — Saftey Tony Jefferson was starting to think his performance was too good to be true. Fortunately for Oklahoma, it was entirely for real. Jefferson fueled a second-quarter scoring surge with interceptions on three straight drives, and the Sooners geared up for their rivalry game against Texas the following next week by blistering the Cardinals. OU made each turnover costly by cashing in for seven points again and again. By the time they were done with the turnover-fed 51⁄2-minute binge, a four-point lead had grown to 32. Landry Jones threw for 425 yards and five touchdowns — including scores of 64 yards to Ryan Broyles and 56 yards to Jaz Reynolds a minute apart in the third quarter — and then Jefferson’s mind strayed toward the looming game against the Longhorns.
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Among the scoring efforts against rival Texas was a 64-yard touchdown run by Dominique Whaley
Season in review: Game 5 Oklahoma 55, Texas 17 DALLAS — The Sooners made a strong case they belonged at the top polls and quarterback Landry Jones bullied his way into the Heisman Trophy discussion in a dominant performance against Texas. OU stomped its top rival almost as easily as it did lowly Ball State the previous week, getting three touchdown passes from Jones, a 64-yard touchdown run by Dominique Whaley and three defensive touchdowns. The Sooners scored the first four times they had the ball. They were up by 24 points at halftime and by 45 midway through the fourth quarter on the way to their most lopsided win in the series since 2003, when they won by a series-record 52 points. OU’s defense put an emphatic stamp on the game, which marked its second straight victory over Texas, by forcing five turnovers.
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Ryan Broyles hauled in a 57-yard touchdown pass from Landry Jones in the first half and finished with 13 catches for a school-record 217 yards and two scores
Oklahoma 47, Kansas 17 LAWRENCE, Kan. — Bob Stoops knew that Ryan Broyles was one catch away from becoming the NCAA’s career leader, so the Oklahoma coach called for a pass play that sent his All-American wide receiver on a deep post route. Might as well set the record in style. The senior hauled in a 57-yard touchdown pass from Landry Jones in the first half and finished with 13 catches for a school-record 217 yards and two scores
as the third-ranked Sooners rolled to a 4717 victory over Kansas. Broyles has 326 catches in his career, and the two touchdown grabs gave him 44. He came into the game tied with former Oklahoma State star Rashaun Woods for the Big 12 record. Dominique Whaley added 165 yards rushing and a touchdown, and Michael Hunnicutt hit all four of his field-goal attempts for the Sooners.
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Season in review: Game 7 Texas Tech 41, Oklahoma 38 NORMAN — As rain fell and lighting struck in the minutes leading up the game, it was obvious it wasn’t going to be a normal night at Owen Field. It got even stranger when unranked Texas Tech became the team to hand the Sooners their first loss at Owen Field in 40 games. Texas Tech quarterback Seth Doege threw for 441 yards and connected with Alex Torres on three of his four touchdown passes. The game started nearly two hours late due to a lightning delay. The wait had didn’t affect Texas Tech a bit. The Sooners, who were missing three defensive starters due to injuries, played like a shell of their former selves, giving up 572 yards of total offense. The Sooners trailed 31-7 early in the third quarter, but rallied in the second half to make it a game. Landry Jones threw five touchdown passes, but Michael Hunnicutt missed a pair of field goals that proved to be the difference. The Red Raiders became the first opponent since TCU in the 2005 season opener to win in Norman. Oklahoma State pulled off the only other win against OU coach Bob Stoops in Norman, in the 2001 regular-season finale.
Oklahoma wide receiver Jaz Reynolds tries to get past the Texas Tech defense during the Sooners' game Oct. 22 at Owen Field.
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Season in review: Game 8 Oklahoma 58, Kansas State 17 MANHATTAN, Kan. — Landry Jones and Ryan Broyles put Oklahoma’s season back on track, leaving the Wildcats to see if they, too, could bounce back from a first loss. Jones threw for a school-record 505 yards and five touchdowns Saturday, his All- American wide receiver caught 14 passes for 171 yards and a score, and the 11th-ranked Sooners took out some pent up frustration with a 58-17 thumping of the No. 10 Wildcats. Their national championship hopes dashed by Texas Tech the week before — along with their 39-game home winning streak — the Sooners spoiled the same hopes harbored by Kansas State. Jones shattered the previous school record for yards passing of 468, which he had shared with Sam Bradford, and moved into first place on the Oklahoma career list with 90 touchdown passes. The Sooners did suffer a major injury. Running back Dominique Whaley suffered on a seasonending ankle injury on the game’s first play.
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Dominique Whaley leaves the field after suffering a season-ending ankle injury on the first play of the OU-Kansas State game.
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All-American Ryan Broyles, the NCAA’s career leader in receptions, tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, in the Nov. 5 game against Texas A&M. The injury ended his season.
Oklahoma 41, Texas A&M 25 NORMAN — No. 6 Oklahoma lost a lot in a victory over Texas A&M. All-American Ryan Broyles, the NCAA’s career leader in receptions, tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, ending his season. He got hurt while cutting to make his second catch of the game, a 30-yarder that set up one of four thirdquarter touchdowns in the Sooners’ 41-25 victory . The Sooners scored on four straight possessions after leading 13-10 at halftime. Texas A&M had its
second-half troubles continue — the Aggies had given up big second-half leads in its previous three losses. Landry Jones threw for 255 yards and two touchdowns with both coming in the third quarter to help OU run away from the Aggies with 28 third-quarter points. The meeting was the last between the schools as conference rivals with Texas A&M set to join the SEC in 2012.
Seasonin review: Game 10 Baylor 45, Oklahoma 38 WACO, Texas — The fifthranked Sooners had an opportunity to jump back into the national title hunt thanks to losses by both Oklahoma State and Oregon. Instead, Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III re-emerged as a
Heisman Trophy candidate and OU was left to ponder what might have been. Landry Jones threw for 447 yards and backup quarterback Blake Bell rushed for four touchdowns. Both were upstaged by Griffin, who threw for 479 yards and four touchdowns.
The last one came with 8 seconds remaining, 43 seconds after the Sooners had rallied from a 14-point deficit to tie the game. The loss knocked the Sooners to No. 9 in the BCS standings, out of the national championship picture.
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The offensive star for OU was kicker Michael Hunnicutt.
Oklahoma 26, Iowa State 6 NORMAN — The reputation of Oklahoma’s defense was resurrected with a dominant performance against Iowa State. A week after being scorched in a loss at Baylor that knocked the Sooners out of the national championship race, it was defense that allowed them to set up a showdown with Oklahoma State for the Big 12 title. The Sooners held Iowa State to a season-low 245 yards and a touchdown that was set up by deep snapper James Winchester’s errant snap over the head of punter Tress Way in the first quarter. Iowa State didn’t have a drive longer than 35 yards the entire game. The Cyclones offensive total was 371 yards fewer than OU allowed one week earlier in Waco. Mother Nature had a hand in the game. The wind gusted to more than 40 miles an hour throughout. Sooner quarterback Landry Jones threw for 256 yards and backup quarterback Blake Bell ran for two touchdowns. The offensive star for OU was kicker Michael Hunnicutt, who banged through field goals of 20, 28, 37 and 21 yards.
Strongside Linebacker 11, Shaun Lewis, 5-11, 220, So. Missouri City, Texas 22, James Thomas, 5-11, 215, Sr. La Marque, Texas
Weakside Linebacker 37, Alex Elkins, 6-3, 225, Jr. Keller, Texas 29, Joe Mitchell, 6-3, 215, So. Katy, Texas
Strong Safety 10, Markelle Martin, 6-1, 198, Sr, Wichita Fallas, Texas 23, Zack Craig, 6-2, 195, So. Spring Branch, Texas
Cornerback Defensive Tackle Defensive Tackle 4, Justin Gilbert, 6-0, 205, So. Huntsville, Texas 72, Christian Littlehead, 6-3, 305, R-Fr. Broken Arrow 89, Nickel Nicholas, 6-3, 285, Jr. Rossville, Ga. 20, Larry Stephens, 5-10, 185 Houston 94, Anthony Rogers, 6-3, 284, So. N. Little Rock, Ark. 98, Davidell Collins, 6-5, 266, So. Bearden, Ark.
Kick Returner 22, Roy Finch, 5-7, 166, So.
Right Tackle 69, Lane Johnson, 6-6, 296 Groveton, Texas 79, Darryl Williams, 6-6, 313, R-Fr. Lake Dallas, Texas
Right Guard 75, Tyler Evans, 6-5, 304, Jr. Strafford, Mo. 77. Stephen Good, 6-6. 305, Sr. Paris, Texas
Quarterback 12, Landry Jones, 6-4, 229, Jr. Artesia, N.M. 10, Blake Bell, 6-6, 245, R-Fr. Wichita, Kan.
Center 64, Gabe Ikard, 6-4, 295, So. Oklahoma City 61, Ben Habern, 6-4, 292, Sr. Argyle, Texas
Left Guard 74, Adam Shead, 6-4, 414, R-Fr. Cedar Hill, Texas 68, Bronson Irwin, 6-5, 305, So. Mustang
Left Tackle 59, Donald Stephenson, 6-6, 307, Sr. Blue Springs, Mo. 76, Jarvis Jones, 6-7, 289, Sr. Richmond, Texas
Slot Receiver 16, Jaz Reynolds, 6-2, 198, So. Houston 18, Kameel Jackson, 6-0, 195, Fr. Arlington, Texas
Wide Receiver 4, Kenny Stills, 6-1, 189, So. Encinitas, Calif. 19, Justin McKay, 6-2, 209, R-Fr. Shawnee Mission, Kan.
OU Specialists Punter Holder 36, Tress Way, 6-1, 218, Jr. Tulsa 81, Nyko Symonds, 5-10, 163, R-Fr. Oklahoma City Place Kicker Punt Returner 18, Michael Hunnicutt, 5-9, 169, R-Fr. Richardson, Texas 4, Kenny Stills, 6-1, 189, So.
Tailback 22, Roy Finch, 5-7, 166, So. Niceville, Fla. 3, Brennan Clay, 5-11, 194, So. San Diego
Wide Receiver 24, Dejuan Miller, 6-4, 217, Sr. Meutchen, N.J. 2, Trey Franks, 5-10, 184, So. Orange, Texas
Defensive End 50, Jamie Blatnick, 6-3, 265, Sr. 96, Ryan Robinson, 6-4, 242, Jr.
Defensive End 99, Richetti Jones, 6-3, 260, Sr. Dallas 80, Cooper Bassett, 6-5, 275, Jr. Tuttle
Deep Snapper 86, James Winchester, 6-3, 200, Sr. (P) Washington 50, Austin Woods, 6-4, 290, So. (PK) Rockwall, Texas
Cornerback 19, Brodrick Brown, 5-8, 185, Jr. Houston 16, Andrae May, 5-11, 180, Jr. Houston
Tight End 82, James Hanna, 6-4, 243, Sr. Flower Mound, Texas 47, Trent Ratterree, 6-3, 248, Sr. Weatherford
Free Safety 8, Daytawion Lowe, 6-0, 195, So. Midwest City 28, Deion Imade, 5-11, 191, So. Rowlett, Texas
Middle Linebacker 45, Caleb Lavey, 6-3, 231, So. Celina, Texas 40, Tyler Johnson, 6-1, 240, So. Haskell
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Note: OU lists an additional position on its depth chart: a fullback Fullback 33, Trey Millard, 6-2, 249, So. Columbia, Mo. 48, Aaron Ripkowski, 6-2, 255, Fr. Dayton, Texas