Oklahoma State football: The Cowboys' one loss had double cost

BCS RANKING — Of the 12 teams that reached the BCS title game with one loss, none fell to a team that finished the season without a winning record. Oklahoma State's double-OT loss to 6-6 Iowa State was a blemish the Cowboys couldn't overcome.
By BERRY TRAMEL Published: December 4, 2011
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photo - OSU's Markelle Martin (10) leaves the field as ISU fans celebrate after a college football game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) and the Iowa State University Cyclones (ISU) at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames, Iowa, Friday, Nov. 18, 2011. Iowa State won, 37-31, in double overtime. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
OSU's Markelle Martin (10) leaves the field as ISU fans celebrate after a college football game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) and the Iowa State University Cyclones (ISU) at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames, Iowa, Friday, Nov. 18, 2011. Iowa State won, 37-31, in double overtime. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

For voters, the OSU-Alabama debate came down to each team's defeat. The Cowboys lost at Iowa State 37-31 in double overtime. Alabama lost at home to top-ranked LSU 9-6 in overtime.

Iowa State finished the regular season with a 6-6 record. Of the teams that have reached the BCS title game with a loss, none lost to a team that didn't have a winning record at the end of the regular season.

Here are the teams that have reached the BCS (or Bowl Alliance) title games with a defeat, and the regular-season record of the team that beat them:

1996 Florida: Lost 24-21 at Florida State (11-0) on Nov. 30.

1997 Tennessee: Lost 33-20 at Florida (9-2) on Sept. 20.

1998 Florida State: Lost 24-7 at North Carolina State (7-4) on Sept. 12.

2000 Florida State: Lost 27-24 at Miami (10-1) on Oct. 7.

2001 Nebraska: Lost 62-36 at Colorado (9-2) on Nov. 23.

2003 LSU: Lost 19-7 at home to Florida (8-4) on Oct. 11.

2003 OU: Lost 35-7 to Kansas State (11-3) in Kansas City on Dec. 4.

2006 Florida: Lost 27-17 at Auburn (10-2) on Oct. 14.

2007 LSU: Lost 43-37 in three overtimes at Kentucky (7-5) on Oct. 13 and lost 50-48 in three overtimes at home to Arkansas (8-4) on Nov. 23.

2007 Ohio State: Lost 28-21 at home to Illinois (9-3) on Nov. 10.

2008 Florida: Lost 31-30 at home to Ole Miss (8-4) on Sept. 27.

2008 Oklahoma: Lost 45-35 to Texas (11-1) in Dallas on Oct. 11.

Email Berry Tramel at btramel@opubco.com. Follow him on Twitter at @berrytramel


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