The 107th Bedlam football game arrives Saturday, and this one has some historical distinction. And not just because OSU is coming off a victory, which it's done only 17 times when in-state rivals meet.
The 2011 game marks the eighth meeting between Bob Stoops and Mike Gundy as head coaches.
It also marks Landry Jones' fourth Bedlam start. The Oklahoman found only one other quarterback to make four Bedlam starts since World War II: fellow by the name of Mike Gundy.
Gundy vs. Stoops
Saturday in Norman, Mike Gundy battles Bob Stoops for the eighth time as a head coach. That means Stoops and Gundy tie Bud Wilkinson and Cliff Speegle for the most-played coaching rivalry in Bedlam.
Wilkinson and Speegle combated from 1955-62, with Wilkinson winning every year.
“We've been fortunate,” Gundy said. “I've had some really good guys that work here with me. We created some stability in our program in our third and fourth year. We've been able to recruit well enough, hit on some first-round draft picks, so we've been able to stick around year after year.”
Gundy said his relationship with Stoops is solid, same as every coach in the Big 12.
“At times you don't think about it a lot,” Gundy said. “The coaches in our league get along really well. Really the only time we spend much time talking is before the games or at the Big 12 meetings.
“I do enjoy seeing the same guys each year.”
Stoops is 6-1 against Gundy, with OSU's 44-10 victory last season ending an eight-game Sooner winning streak in the series.
Here are the longest Bedlam coaching rivalries:
8: OU's Bud Wilkinson vs. OSU's Cliff Speegle, 1955-62. Wilkinson 8-0.
7: OU's Bob Stoops vs. OSU's Mike Gundy, 2005-11. Stoops 6-1.
6: OU's Bennie Owen vs. OSU's John Maulbetsch. Owen leads 3-1-2.
6: OU's Barry Switzer vs. OSU's Jim Stanley. Switzer 5-1.
6: OU's Gary Gibbs vs. OSU's Pat Jones, 1989-94. Gibbs 5-0-1.
5: OU's Bennie Owen vs. OSU's Paul Davis. Owen leads 5-0.
5: OU's Barry Switzer vs. OSU's Jimmy Johnson, 1979-83. Switzer 5-0.
5: OU's Barry Switzer vs. OSU's Pat Jones, 1984-88. Switzer 5-0.
5: OU's Bud Wilkinson vs. OSU's Ears Whitworth. Wilkinson 5-0.
5: OSU's Jim Lookabaugh vs. OU's Snorter Luster. Tied 2-2-1.
Jones is Old Man Bedlam
Landry Jones has a new nickname, after rallying the Sooners to a 50-49 victory at West Virginia on Saturday night. Mr. Clutch.
But this week, Jones is due another nickname. Old Man Bedlam.
The OU quarterback is set to make his fourth Bedlam start, and Jones is believed to be just the second quarterback to start four Bedlam games.
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.