STILLWATER — Mike Gundy knows one Bedlam score like no other.
And Gundy is hardly alone, with 16-13 the most common reference point for Cowboys fans recalling the win that launched Oklahoma State's rise to BCS relevance.
For the record, the year was 2001, making Saturday's next Bedlam clash a 10-year anniversary of sorts.
For some fascinating synergy, Brandon Weeden thought the night of 16-13 would be the last time he'd ever strip away football gear.
Now Weeden directs OSU's bid to complete the course begun at 16-13, with his final regular season game as a Cowboy colliding with yet another program crossroad where a Big 12 championship and BCS bowl bid wait on the other side.
“It's kind of a surreal deal,” Weeden said. “I sat back last week and thought, ‘I have eight quarters to play at Oklahoma State.' You put that in perspective and that's not very much football.
“So I'm going to savor all eight quarters, really just enjoy it, spend time with teammates and leave it all out there.”
Weeden thought he'd left football behind for good on that November night in 2001, as he quarterbacked Edmond Santa Fe's failed upset bid of undefeated Jenks in the Class 6A semifinals on what was then Lewis Field.
Santa Fe fell 35-21, yet it had been a storybook ride for Weeden and the Wolves. Unranked before knocking off top-five teams Midwest City and Moore to advance to the semifinals, Santa Fe was making its first playoff appearance in Class 6A.
So there memories were made. And Weeden lingered long in the locker room, knowing that he was committed to playing baseball going forward.
“I left my shoulder pads on forever,” Weeden said. “I left them on for a good 30 minutes. I thought, ‘I'm never going to get to put shoulder pads on again.'
“When you're in high school, to even think about that is like, ‘Man, this sucks.' I remember I didn't want to take my cleats off. I didn't want to take the uniform off, because I loved playing football so much back then.”
Of course, baseball didn't work out quite like Weeden planned.
“Just to have another opportunity to play and strap the pads on, it's a blessing in disguise,” said the Cowboys quarterback.
That time, too, is coming to an end for Weeden, at least with the Cowboys. But not before he takes a shot at connecting the dots from 2001 to himself to the next step in OSU's hopeful climb up the status ladder of college football.
Weeden actually recalls the excitement emanating from outside the stadium as news of 16-13 began to spread through Stillwater.
“Maybe third or fourth quarter,” he said, “I remember it sounded like people were on top of these buildings out here. It was loud and people were screaming. We were inside the stadium playing a game.
“Obviously, it's 10 years later and I still remember it. It was pretty crazy.”
That game, despite a 4-7 finish, created momentum for OSU and Les Miles and Mike Gundy, then the offensive coordinator. And it got Boone Pickens' attention, playing a part in his later decision to go deep-pockets as a donor.
The program likely doesn't get here without that chain of events started by 16-13.
“I've said many times, I thought that was a great lift for our team going into offseason, because we had only won three games,” Gundy said. “It's very difficult to go into offseason when you have a poor year. It's tough to motivate them to get them going, so that gave them a lift.
“I'm sure it instigated some season-ticket sales and kind of got us going in certain areas. So I think that was a good win for us, I don't think there's any question.”
The program may not be here without Weeden, either.
For all the key cogs in advancing OSU's brand, including other talented quarterbacks, it's Weeden who directed the first 11-win season in school history a year ago and now has the Cowboys positioned for another, not to mention the program's first Big 12 championship and BCS bowl berth.
“We're getting there as a program,” Weeden said. “We've become a little more relevant and people realize what we bring to the table. We're very blessed to be in the position we're in, without a doubt.”
Considering fate, the Cowboys are blessed to have had Weeden.
“You look back at Weeden, and you would like to be in a situation where you can keep a guy like that forever, because our team's kind of just grabbed onto him,” Gundy said. “We've had other guys lead, but obviously, he's been very good.
“He's going to go down as one of the best to ever play here.”