NORMAN — A handful of Oklahoma players ran to the west end of the field, seeking to intimidate Oklahoma State just before Bedlam 2011's kickoff.
Game officials and Sooner coaches stopped the trash talk and taunting before OSU emerged from its tunnel, preventing what could've been an ugly, uncontrollable pre-game mess.
Little could've stopped what happened next, though, from becoming ugly and uncontrollable for Oklahoma; the Sooners were routed 44-10 in the de facto Big 12 championship game, OU's first Bedlam loss in nine years.
As the Sooners prepare for Saturday, when they'll host Oklahoma State on Owen Field, OU players and coaches share their memories of that miserable night in Stillwater and what it meant.
LEADING UP TO THE GAME
Defensive tackle Casey Walker, one of the Sooners who walked to OSU's tunnel pregame: “The team was hyped. It was just one of those moments where we don't have a Big 12 championship no more, so this is really it. To win on their field, and take pictures as Big 12 champs on their field, is something kinda special. Just emotions was going, intensity was very high. Testosterone was out the roof. It was just one of those things where you get caught up in the moment.”
Wide receiver Kenny Stills: “You never see yourself getting embarrassed on national television. But they were a great team but it wasn't something that I felt like was a fluke or anything like that.”
DURING THE GAME
Quarterback Landry Jones: “They flat out beat us in every aspect. Usually we feel like we have some success in some part of the game. But last year, they just flat out beat us. It was tough, being blown out like that on the road.”
Stills: “It's a pretty embarrassing performance we put out there as an offense and as a team. That's the way I look at it.”
Walker: “That was a massacre. That wasn't even a loss.”