For Oklahoma State defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer, his first impression of Bedlam left a mark.
Spencer was in his first year with the Cowboys in 2008, a year that featured an entertaining edition of Bedlam, yet also a year that saw the Sooners win 61-41 in Stillwater.
“They just had an unbelievable offense,” said Spencer, now in his first season as coordinator. “A lot of guys are in the NFL right now off that team.”
Spencer said one thing remains constant with the Sooners: elite players.
“Talent wise, they bring in the best talent, year in and year out, that we face,” Spencer said. “You're out there watching them warm up and they've got players — great, tremendous players. That's a compliment to them about how they've recruited.
“So I've got a lot of respect for the talent they bring in down there. As a whole, you've got your hands full every year. That's not going to change, and it's not going to change this year.”
GUNDY LEARNS FROM IRON BOWL ENDING
With the bye week over Thanksgiving, OSU coach Mike Gundy said he watched more football Saturday than he has in years.
He admits it was entertaining. And a bit of a learning experience.
Gundy caught the epic end of the Iron Bowl, which Auburn won on a 109-yard return for a touchdown off a missed field goal as time expired.
“It's a discussion we had (with the coaching staff),” Gundy said, “because we all learn from what we think are mistakes. I'm not saying that Coach (Nick) Saban made a mistake. I'm just saying you watch things and you learn ...
“My first concern was they may block this thing and pick it up and run it in. And I knew they would try to return it, but you just don't think of them returning it 100-something yards.”
STAT PACK: ORANGE NOVEMBER
OSU went 4-0 in the month of November, securing an unbeaten November for the first time since 1945. In doing so, the Cowboys beat three teams ranked at the time: No. 3 Baylor, No. 15 Texas Tech and No. 23 Texas, along with Kansas.
Other key stats to success:
* Two of the three wins over ranked teams came on the road, at Tech and at Texas.
* The Cowboys outscored their November foes 181-70, or an average of 45-18.
* OSU scored touchdowns on 18 of 19 trips into the red zone, while holding opponents to TDs on six of 17 red-zone opportunities.
* The Cowboys forced 10 turnovers, while committing three.
COWBOYS GOOD WITH BEDLAM BREAKFAST
A lot of fans groaned when the Bedlam game was announced for an 11 a.m. kickoff.
And the groaning could increase if a forecast calling for temperatures in the 20s holds.
For the OSU team, however, anytime, any place is good for Bedlam.
“I don't think time matters,” said Cowboys fullback Kye Staley.
The Cowboys have already played four 11 a.m. games with much success, although their lone loss did come in that time slot, at West Virginia.
“I feel like we're pretty used to getting up early,” Staley said.
As for the fans, Staley understands the early start messes with pregame festivities. Still, he's hopeful that won't get in the way of duplicating the raucous, sellout crowd that energized the Baylor win.
“Just make eggs and bacon instead of steaks and potatoes,” Staley said.
OSU offensive lineman Brandon Webb on rallying to the doorstep of a Big 12 championship:
“We've put ourselves in this position, and this is pretty much where we wanted to be at the end of the year. Obviously, we didn't want to lose that game (against West Virginia), but from then on this is what we've planned on doing.”