When Brandon Webb cast his signature with Oklahoma State in 2009, he bucked an Oklahoma legacy. His dad, Terry Webb, was an All-American and two-time All-Big Eight offensive lineman for the Sooners in the 1970s.
And while there's some OSU-OU tension in the Webb house back in Owasso, it's not between father and son.
“Between my dad and I, there's isn't too much of a feud, because my dad is always on my side,” Brandon said. “My brother might be a different story, because he grew up the same way I did, as an OU fan.
“He's still an OU fan. He likes to poke fun. But with my dad, he's on my side 24/7.”
This Bedlam clash will be special for Brandon, as he'll play on Owen Field for the first time. And he'll do so as a starter, as he's recently moved into the lineup at left guard, replacing a banged up Jonathan Rush.
“It's been a long process,” said the junior. “I had to adjust to the speed of the game, get my strength up and just learn the offense and learn to play faster.”
For Gundy, a fitting No. 100
Mike Gundy has enjoyed a unique close-up look at Bedlam, as a four-year starter for the Cowboys in the series and as an assistant coach and head coach at OSU.
So perhaps it's fitting that as Gundy reaches a milestone Saturday, his 100th game as head coach, it comes against the Sooners.
And it comes on the heels of a Bedlam win he claims stands as the biggest of his career.
“That was the first time we ever won a conference championship here,” Gundy said. “We had worked hard and talked about it and put it up on the walls, ‘Expect To Win A Championship,' and, ‘Believe.' If you don't ever do it, the kids are like, ‘Ehh.'
“But if you win, you can say this is what happened with what you put into it. That's why it was a big win.”
Kye Staley, heartbreaker
OSU fullback Kye Staley knows the Bedlam rivalry, both as a player and as an Oklahoma kid who mingled with friends who were fans of both the Sooners and Cowboys at Guthrie High.
“It's pandemonium,” Staley said. “Back at Guthrie, there were a lot of OU and OSU fans, it was a school divided. I broke a lot of hearts when I came here. But back at Guthrie, everyone supports me whether they are OU or OSU fans.
“I have no bad blood between us, but we want to beat them and show them that we're the best in the state.”
Anderson Renews Deep Threat
Cowboys receiver Isaiah Anderson injured a finger in the win at Kansas, which may not sound like much, except his finger was ripped open lengthwise, making it not only painful, but subject to further problems.
That's why Anderson was barely visible until recent weeks, when he seemingly was used mostly as a decoy, in hopes that his deep speed might demand respect from defenses and open up the middle of the field.
Anderson slowly progressed, finally breaking through and breaking out against Texas Tech.
“I felt it was coming around the TCU game,” Anderson said. “I got out there and played a little bit, just to get back into the flow of things. The K-State game, I had a catch and started to get my confidence back. It's been a slow process, but I'm finally back to where I need to be.”
And with Anderson back and blazing deep routes, defenses must account for a renewed aspect of the passing game. And that surely won't be lost on Oklahoma's defensive coaches this week.
“Now that I'm back,” Anderson said, “I feel it's something for them to worry about and something they have to game plan for.”
Young's Bedlam Experience Started In Stands
Bill Young's Bedlam background is well-documented. He played at OSU and has served coaching stints at both schools.
But that's not all, Young revealed Monday.
“I used to sell pop at OU games and OSU games when I was in junior high school,” he said. “There was a Dr Pepper plant in Oklahoma City. We'd jump in the back of the truck and whoever was home that weekend, that's where we went.”
Young sold cold pop in the stands … for a bit.
“I'd sell one tray of pop and sit down and watch the game,” he said. “I was really doing it to get into the game. I didn't make a lot of money, but I had fun.
“Used to watch Bud Wilkinson and C.B. Speegle and everybody. It was a tremendous experience.”