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Bedlam rivalry developing larger meaning BY C h a nd l er Ve sse ls sp o rt s editor
It’s not often a rivalry game has implications bigger than bragging rights, unless it’s Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. The annual Bedlam game is the most anticipated game in the state. Fanhood often begins in childhood, with kids being trained to despise crimson or orange, depending on their family ties. The week leading up to the matchup includes plenty of trash talking from said fans, but Cowboy fans haven’t had much ammo. The Sooners have a lopsided 84-19-7 advantage in the series. Usually, the Cowboys stand little to no chance of defeating OU, and if they do, it is considered an upset. Recently, things have shifted. Mike Gundy took over as coach for the Cowboys in 2005 after Les Miles left for LSU. Slowly, the Cowboys crept to the top of the Big 12 standings. Suddenly, Bedlam was about more than a state title. Six of the past nine Bedlam matchups have decided the Big 12 or divisional champion. That will again be the case when the teams meet at 11:30 a.m. Saturday in Norman. Gundy is only 2-9 in Bedlam games as the Cowboys’ coach, but FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2016
both wins have come in the past five years. The Cowboys clinched their first Big 12 championship in 2011 after defeating the Sooners for the first time in the Gundy era. OSU went on to defeat Stanford in the Fiesta Bowl that year, culminating the best year since Gundy took over. As a result, the Cowboys’ national brand has seen a huge boost, and Gundy maintained the success, making sure the Cowboys were in the conference title discussion in most ensuing seasons. An OSU alumnus, Gundy said he is proud to see the Cowboys get national respect and attention. “I do get satisfaction in knowing that we have changed the thought process and the mental approach or the outlook for the Oklahoma State fans that have watched us for years and years and years,” Gundy said. “That is satisfying for me because ultimately, that’s what we set out to do. We want the people that come to the games and buy the suites and watch the football to be proud of the product we have.” One of college football’s perennial powerhouses, OU is usually at or near the top of the conference. The ascendance of OSU has given the rivalry new life. In past five Bedlam match-
ups, OU has outscored OSU 187-177. OSU running back Chris Carson, a Georgia native, said he didn’t know much about the rivalry coming into the program. After playing in his first Bedlam game last season, Carson said the magnitude of the game became apparent to him. “They take it very seriously,” Carson said “This is probably the biggest game to them the whole season. It’s like a championship game. No matter if one team is not doing good or whatever. They take pride in it, and we take pride in it as well.” Explosive offenses have been a recurring Bedlam theme in the past five years. In those matchups, the teams have combined to average 72.8 points per game. This year looks to be no different. Both teams rank in the top 20 nationally in total offense. OU boasts two Heisman Trophy candidates in quarterback Baker Mayfield and receiver Dede Westbrook. If the Cowboys focus too much on the Sooners’ passing attack, they will leave themselves susceptible to the running back tandem of Semaje Perine and Joe Mixon. OSU defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer said with the Sooners STORY CONTINUES ON PAGE 3
Bedlam the past nine years 2007: OU 49, OSU 17 2008: OU 61, OSU 41* 2009: OU 27, OSU 0 2010: OU 47, OSU 41* 2011: OSU 44, OU 10* 2012: OU 51, OSU 48 (OT) 2013: OU 33, OSU 24* 2014: OSU 38, OU 35 (OT) 2015: OU 58, OSU 23* 2016*: Game starts at 11:30 a.m. Saturday in Norman.
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having so many potential playmakers, OSU has to execute to near perfection. “It’s just weapons everywhere,” Spencer said. “You gotta be sound. Kids have gotta make plays. There’s gonna be some one-on-ones with those running backs. You’re not going to be able to have two guys on every one of ‘em. There’s gonna be times when they’re singled up and kids have to make plays. I want to help ‘em out as much as I can, but they’re gonna have to execute.” Last year, injuries riddled the Cowboys, but a healthier team will
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Oklahoma State’s Jeremy Smith stiffarms Oklahoma’s Jamell Fleming in the 2011 Bedlam game. The Cowboys won the game 44-10 on the way to their first outright Big 12 title.
be available, including quarterback Mason Rudolph. Rudolph didn’t start Bedlam in 2015 after suffering a broken
right foot. He came into the game for one threeplay series before throwing an interception and never returning.
“It’s kind of what you look forward to playing in all year,” Rudolph said. “Last year, I kind of had it slip through
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my grip with injury, but that’s kind of what happens. I was just angry that I wasn’t able to play and be 100 percent. It’s a completely different mindset this year, and I’m excited to get out there and enjoy playing that type of game with my buddies.” Saturday, many teams will play in their official conference championship game. If not for the quality play of the both teams, the Big 12 would be robbed of a chance to participate in that. Instead, Bedlam will serve as a de facto championship. For at least one game, all eyes will be on the state of Oklahoma. It’s something Gundy, a native Oklahoman who
has participated in more Bedlams (25) than anyone, takes pride in. “I think what’s encouraging for the state of Oklahoma is that for a considerable number of times over the last five or six years, these two schools have gotten together to decide a conference championship,” he said. “I don’t think we could ask for anything else.” Chandler Vessels is a sports media senior from Moore. He can be reached at email@example.com. Follow Chandler: @chandlervessels
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Mike Yurcich sees a lot of Bill Borchert in Mason Rudolph. In 1994, Larry Kehres, the coach of Mount Union College in Alliance, Ohio, had to choose between Borchert and Yurcich, two freshman quarterbacks, to start in the Purple Raiders’ season opener. The rumor was Kehres flipped a coin. Borchert won. From the first snap, the job was his. “He played tremendous and really never looked back,” said Yurcich, Oklahoma State’s offensive coordinator. “I really never had a chance since he flipped that coin.” There was no coin flip for Rudolph. With quarterbacks J.W. Walsh and Daxx Garman injured as OSU’s 2014 season neared its end, there wasn’t a choice. In his second career start, two weeks after burning his redshirt, Rudolph guided the Cowboys to a 38-35 Bedlam victory on the road and a bowl berth. It was only the 10th time OSU defeated Oklahoma in Norman in 51 games. Saturday, Rudolph will try to become the first OSU quarterback to win two games in Norman. No quarterback for any school has gone on the road and beaten the Sooners twice since Bob Stoops became OU’s coach in 1999. The 2014 victory changed the trajectory of FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2016
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Quarterback Mason Rudolph (far left) and his Oklahoma State teammates celebrate after the game-winning field goal in their 38-35 overtime victory against Oklahoma in 2014 in Norman.
the program. It allowed Rudolph and the Cowboys another month of practice and marked the beginning of what became a 12-game winning streak. Rudolph, though, said he reflects on it as only another of what has become 21 career victories in 26 starts. “It was big because it sent us to a bowl game,” Rudolph said. “I think as much as you guys think I think about that every day, I’ve definitely moved on and enjoyed playing all of last season and just enjoy every single game.” Yurcich’s first victory was not as ceremonious. He said he remembers scoring a touchdown on a veer option in that first game in relief of Borchert. “Maybe that was just a
dream,” Yurcich quipped. “I think I got in the end zone with my 4.9 running ability.” Yurcich transferred to California University in Pennsylvania after his sophomore season. Borchert finished his career at Mount Union with two Division III national championships in 1996 and 1997, claiming the 1997 Gagliardi Trophy as the nation’s best player. He and Kehres are on the 2017 College Football Hall of Fame ballot. “I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a more competitive person in my life,” Yurcich said. “I’ve been coaching a long time, and Bill Borchert was probably as competitive as I’ve ever seen any quarterback be.”
Rudolph is up there, Yurcich said, adding he and Borchert have an “it” factor. Rudolph’s confidence as a true freshman in only his second game still stands out to Yurcich. “There’s that certain thing whenever a guy makes a mistake that he comes back stronger; I think Rudolph has that ability,” Yurcich said. “I think he has something about him that wants to prove to himself and everybody else that he was better than that mistake and he comes back with an edge to him. He never backs down. He loves the moment.” Saturday will arguably be the biggest moment of Rudolph’s career. The Bedlam winner will be the
Big 12 champion and have a slim chance to make the College Football Playoff. He won’t allow that moment to get to him, though. Even two years ago, he seemingly dodged the pressure. “Confidence at such a young age and the leadership he portrayed, he’s done such a great job of just building and continuing to grow as a leader,” Cowboy back Blake Jarwin said. “Seeing him in the huddle, he was never flustered, never out of focus.” Rudolph has thrown for 3,591 yards this season, second in the Big 12, with a 25-to-4 touchdown-tointerception ratio. Safety Jordan Sterns said Rudolph’s success stems from those first two starts. Coach Mike Gundy said, with Rudolph being so young and hailing from South Carolina, he might not have known the magnitude of that Bedlam game. “He just went and played,” Gundy said. “I’m sure he knew it was a big game; we all know that, but sometimes, youth can be as much of a benefit as anything involved in just saying, ‘Hey, I’m just gonna go play the game.’” Rudolph did not start Bedlam last year because of a broken right foot. He threw three incomplete passes, the last of which was intercepted and returned for an OU touchdown. Playing hurt, though, is part of what has
earned him respect with his teammates and established him as a leader, Gundy said. Rudolph referred to the 2014 victory as “a fun memory with my buddies.” He never gets too high or low, Yurcich said, even for games like Saturday’s. Yurcich has grown to learn Bedlam’s importance. This season will be his fourth game in the rivalry. “I think there’s been a lot of legends to come through each hallway of each program,” Yurcich said. “It’s, to me, a bluecollar game, two bluecollar guys going at it.” Rudolph might already be one of those legends. He can cement that title with a Big 12 championship Saturday. “Obviously, him being a freshman and playing in a ball game against a good opponent on the road and winning that particular ball game is a pretty good feat,” Yurcich said. “But you have to have some internal confidence to get that sort of thing done at such a young age. We’ll see if he has enough to get it done this year, as well.” Nathan Ruiz is a sports media/sports management senior from Reno, Nevada. He can be reached at editorinchief@ocolly. com. F o l l o w n at h a n : @ n at h a n s r u i z
From the archives: Oklahoma State victories in Norman through the years 1927 Okla. A&M 13 Oklahoma 7
1976 Oklahoma State 31 Oklahoma 24
1933 Okla. A&M 13 Oklahoma 0
1995 Oklahoma State 12 Oklahoma 0
1965 Oklahoma State 17 Oklahoma 16
1945 Okla. A&M 47 Oklahoma 0
1997 Oklahoma State 30 Oklahoma 7
2001 AGAINST THE ODDS Oklahoma State 16 Oklahoma 13 The Cowboys salvage season with dramatic Bedlam win. Page 8 TREVOR GREER/O’COLLY
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Hundreds of Oklahoma State students will walk across the stage at commencement next weekend – 27 will be wearing cords signifying the completion of their honors degree. The Honors College was established in 1969 as a program in the College of Arts and Sciences. It was expanded campus wide in 1989. The college, located in Old Central, has doubled its enrollment over the last five years. Currently there are around 2,000 students and this fall’s freshman class had a record 640 students. To date 1,814 honors degrees have been awarded. OSU’s honors program was recently included among the top 25 highest rated in the latest edition of “Inside Honors: Ratings and Reviews of Sixty Public University Honors Programs,” receiving a 4.5 out of 5 rating.
OSU Honors Faculty and Staff Oklahoma State University recognized achievements of faculty, staff and administrators at the University Awards Convocation Wednesday at the OSU ConocoPhillips Alumni Center in Stillwater. President Burns Hargis presents Moh’d Bilbeisi, Professor of Architecture in the College of Engineering, Architecture & Technology with the Eminent Faculty Award, which recognizes the highest level of scholarly achievement at OSU.
“I was actually at Rogers State University and they did away with my degree and I was a former OU student. Then the Spears School of Business was speaking to me. I’m studying entrepreneurship here. I have absolutely loved it, the classes, teachers and resources that I have available are definitely better than anything I have received in the past. Right out of high school I left my home town because I needed to get away but ended up failing out of college. What motivated me to come back was – I was doing the 8 a.m.-5 p.m. job everyday and I just realized I wasn’t happy where I was. I wasn’t a vibrant, bright person like I usually am. It took some friends and family to notice and ask what was wrong. I then quit my job and took a leap of faith and went back to school. I’ve been back since 2014 and I am ready to graduate. Its been hard and there has been a lot of battles but I am happy where I am.” Tyler Williams, Junior Glenpool, OK
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Oklahoma State wrestler Kaid Brock doesn’t remember much about his debut at Oklahoma last year. It was a blur when he pinned defending national champion Cody Brewer in 42 seconds to catapult the Cowboys to a 37-3 Bedlam victory in Norman. “I remember going down and just wrestling,” Brock said. “Everything just happened fast last year. It kind of just came and went. It’s a new year.” Brock wrestled in another dual at Wyoming before he suffered a season-ending knee injury at the Southern Scuffle. The injury occurred early
enough that he was able to obtained a redshirt. When Brock returns to Norman on Friday, he’ll be listed as a redshirt freshman in the 133-pound slot, but he won’t be a stranger to Bedlam. Not only did Brock wrestle in one of his only two duals against OU, but also he grew up watching the Cowboys and Sooners clash as a Stillwater native. “Coming here, going to Bedlam duals was always fun,” Brock said. “It was real fun because we always won. That was probably the funnest part. Bedlam, they’d always beat us in football back in the day. I think that’s
upset OSU 16-15 in Norman. The Sooners (1-1) enter Bedlam as the underdog again this season, ranked No. 16 under first-year coach Lou Rosselli. The Cowboys are No. 1. “It’s one of those events that, I say it every year, win or lose, it’s not gonna dictate the outcome of your season,” OSU coach John Smith said. “But it’s a heck of a lot better winOklahoma State Atheltics ning it after coming home. Trust me.” Oklahoma State 133-pounder Kaid Brock (right) made his OSU’s projected starting debut at Oklahoma’s McCasland Field House last season. lineup features six Oklachanging, but we’d always better team.” homa natives, including The Cowboys (2-0) lead three Stillwater High win in wrestling. It was always fun to go watch OSU the series 137-27-10 and School graduates. The wrestle OU in Bedlam and have won five straight. OU Sooners have five wresknow that we were the last won in 2013 when it tlers from Oklahoma in
their projected lineup. Homegrown talent creates deep roots in Bedlam, especially for OSU heavyweight Austin Schafer, who is from Edmond. “I grew up an OSU fan coming to OSU duals all growing up as a kid,” Schafer said. “That’s a pretty deep seed in me, a deep-seed hatred for OU. It’s always a lot of fun to get out there and let it fly.” Dekota Gregory is a sports media junior from Locust Grove. He can be reached at ozone@ocolly. com. F o l l o w d e k o ta : @ d e k o ta g r e g o r y
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By Nancy Black Tribune Content Agency Today’s Birthday (12/02/16). Participate in community this year. Focus on your own skills, and contribute them for shared benefit. Shift educational focus next spring, before a phase of domestic renewal. Write a new story next autumn, leading to unconsidered destinations. Together, you’re unstoppable. To get the advantage, check the day’s rating: 10 is the easiest day, 0 the most challenging. Aries (March 21-April 19) -- Today is an 8 -- Your message reaches influential ears, with Mercury in Capricorn for the next three weeks. Discuss your ambition with family. Career opportunities multiply. You’re earning respect. Taurus (April 20-May 20) -- Today is a 9 -- Enter a three-week expansion phase, with Mercury in Capricorn. Travel, research and education flourish. Societal changes now have long-lasting impact. Broaden your horizons. Gemini (May 21-June 20) -- Today is a 9 -- Get down to practical details. Enter a three-week financial management phase, with Mercury in Capricorn. You’re learning economics through firsthand experience. Budget for growth. Cancer (June 21-July 22) -- Today is a 9 -- Collaborate on solutions. A three-week partnership phase begins, with Mercury in Capricorn. Get expert opinions. Solve problems through logic. Share resources, talents and energy. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Today is a 9 -- Study and discuss healthy practices. Balance a three-week intense work phase (with Mercury in Capricorn) with stress reduction through exercise, good food and rest. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- Today is a 9 -- For three weeks, with Mercury in Capricorn, words come easily. Express your feelings and affection. Your creative muses sing to you. Notice hidden beauty. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) -- Today is an 8 -- Enjoy a domestic phase over the next three weeks, with Mercury in Capricorn. Get creative at home. Share memories and traditions. Invent new family games. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) -- Today is a 9 -- It’s easier to express yourself, with Mercury in Capricorn. Practice and learn voraciously over the next three weeks. Communication lines are wide open. Creativity flourishes. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) -- Today is an 8 -- Track and measure financial numbers for power. Begin a lucrative creative phase with Mercury in Capricorn. Profit through skillful networking and communications. Reach out. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Today is a 9 -- Settle into a three-week intellectual phase, with Mercury in your sign. Express what you want for yourself and for the world. Share what you’re learning. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) -- Today is a 7 -- Enjoy introspection and meditation. Finish old projects, considering progress made and the road ahead. Listen to your dreams, with Mercury in Capricorn. Share thanks. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) -- Today is a 9 -- Collaborate for fun and results. Team communication flows especially well over the next three weeks, with Mercury in Capricorn. Participate with your community.