Those latter two games ended with frenzied fans flooding their home fields. Such delirium is reserved for historic victory, which is what Bedlam 2011 would be for the Cowboys.
“We haven't won as much as they have,” OSU grad and defensive coordinator Bill Young said of the Sooners. “Having the opportunity to beat ‘em, steal some of their thunder, it's huge. It's huge in recruiting. It's huge in personal pride.”
The Cowboys have gotten close. 2010 Bedlam was for the Big 12 South title. Over the last four seasons, OU and OSU have the exact same conference record (24-8), and it's not like the Cowboys have taken advantage of a Sooner slump. In three of the last four seasons, OU has been ranked No. 1 at some point.
“It's not been easy for anyone,” said Mike Gundy. “In order for us to win a Big 12 championship, we have to go through Austin and Norman. I don't think that changes until we accomplish the goal.
“We can only state the facts. Our conference has been dominated by those two schools. Until somebody goes through the conference and wins the championship, I don't think anybody has the right to say they've reached that level.
“I don't know that anybody's been as close as we've been. We're right there.”
Ready to join the club. Ready to storm the field reserved for champions.
Only the scoreboard stands in the way.
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