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Bedlam by the numbers: Breaking down the series history

The 107th Bedlam football game arrives Saturday, and this one has some historical distinction. And not just because Oklahoma State is coming off a victory, which it's done only 17 times when meeting in-state rival OU.
by Berry Tramel Published: November 19, 2012
/articleid/3730087/1/pictures/1888304">Photo - OU head football coach Barry Switzer is carried off the field by players in Lincoln, Nebraska after winning in 1984.  Staff photo taken by George R. Wilson taken 11-17-84 and ran in the 11-18-84 Daily Oklahoman. <strong>GEORGE R. WILSON 1984</strong>
OU head football coach Barry Switzer is carried off the field by players in Lincoln, Nebraska after winning in 1984. Staff photo taken by George R. Wilson taken 11-17-84 and ran in the 11-18-84 Daily Oklahoman. GEORGE R. WILSON 1984

The other? Mike Gundy.

Now the OSU coach, Gundy started four Bedlams, 1986-89, and lost them all, despite leading two of the better teams in Cowboy history, 1987 and 1988.

Jones is 2-1 as the Sooner starter in Bedlam. Gundy was 0-4 as the Cowboy starter in Bedlam.

There's no substitute for experience and maturity,” Gundy said. “Not only has he played in his fourth Bedlam, he's got to be up in his mid- to upper 40s (in total starts). He's like the guy that's been there forever. A guy who, in my opinion, has been a really good player for them. Been very productive and durable.”

Gundy said that no doubt, experience at quarterback is a huge advantage. Saturday, the Cowboys counter with Clint Chelf, who will be making his third career start. Standing ready are J.W. Walsh (with three career starts) and Wes Lunt (four career starts).

“The longer you do it, the more you get accustomed to it,” Gundy said. “The more you get adjusted to the electric that's in the air with this game. And the crowd. You learn to just play the game.

“Not just worry about the rivalry. When you kick it off, it goes away. But there's a lot to it before the game. It takes a little bit of experience to get through it.”

Here are Landry Jones' performances against OSU:

Year; comp.-att.-int.; TDs; yards; Result

2011; 27-50-2; 0; 250; OSU 44-10

2010; 37-62-3; 4; 468; OU 47-41

2009; 20-37-0; 0; 224; OU 27-0

Here is Mike Gundy's performance against OU:

Year; comp.-att.-int.; TDs; yards; Result

1986; 8-18-0; 0; 62; OU 19-0

1987; 11-27-4; 0; 185; OU 29-10

1988; 18-28-3; 1; 228; OU 31-28

1989; 13-32-0; 0; 163; OU 37-15

A factor of two

OU leads the Bedlam Series 82-17-7 in football, and here's something amazing: the Cowboys never have had a three-game winning streak.

Here's something equally amazing. Since 1931, OSU has had more two-game Bedlam winning streaks (five) than one-game Bedlam winning streaks (three).

The mathematician in you can figure out what's coming. When coming off a Bedlam victory, OSU has a better record in the series than when coming off a defeat. Since 1930:

Coming off a win: OSU is 6-5-1.

Coming off a loss: OSU is 7-55-3.

Coming off a tie: OSU is 1-3.

Here are OSU's two-game winning streaks since 1930:

2001-02: Les Miles' two big upsets of Bob Stoops, 16-13 and 38-28. The former came out of the blue, one of the biggest upsets in college football history, when the 3-7 Cowboys knocked OU out of the running for the Rose Bowl national title game.

1997-98: Bob Simmons' teams beat John Blake teams 30-7 and 41-26, hastening Blake's departure.

1965-66: Phil Cutchin's teams never finished with a winning record, but the highlight of his six-year run as OSU's coach were these Bedlam wins of 17-16 and 15-14.

1944-45: Jim Lookabaugh's great OSU teams routed Snorter Luster teams 28-6 and 47-0, leading OU to fire Luster and hire Jim Tatum.

1932-33: Pappy Waldorf's great five-year run as the OSU coach, during which his record was 34-10-7, was highlighted by these Bedlam shutouts of 7-0 and 13-0.

by Berry Tramel
Columnist and Reporter
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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