Mike Gundy is looking for his first Bedlam win as the Oklahoma State head coach on Saturday night, but a victory would also tie him with Jim Lookabaugh for second on the school's all-time list with 58 wins.
It took Lookabaugh 11 seasons to reach 58 victories as Oklahoma A&M's coach from 1939-49. Gundy is in his seventh season leading the Cowboys.
Gundy needs six more wins to pass Pat Jones as the school's all-time winningest coach. Jones went 62-60-3 in 11 seasons from 1984-94.
BILL YOUNG: PASS DEFLECTIONS KEY AGAINST LANDRY JONES
OU comes into Saturday's game leading the nation in fewest sacks allowed (six), presenting a challenge to the Cowboy pass rush.
While OSU will certainly try to get pressure on Sooner quarterback Landry Jones, defensive coordinator Bill Young said recognizing when the pass is thrown and getting a hand up to bat the ball away might be even more important.
“The quarterback is a gifted player who goes back there and gets rid of the ball in a hurry,” Young said. “Not very many people even touch him. We've got to get in some throwing lanes, get our hands up, maybe tip some passes.
“We're probably going to have a better opportunity of doing that than sacking him.”
OSU defensive end Jamie Blatnick is tied for fourth in the Big 12 with seven sacks.
BEDLAM A ‘VERY, VERY DIFFICULT DAY' FOR GUNDY FAMILY
Gundy has gotten used to facing brother Cale, OU's running backs and fullbacks coach, each season. In fact, he almost forgets Cale is on the opposing sideline.
“Sometimes there'll be a play go out of bounds over there and I'll look and I'll see him and (think) ‘What's he doing over there?'” Mike said. “I kind of forget that he's over there, because I'm coaching the game and you don't really pay much attention to it.”
Still, Mike called each Bedlam game a “very, very difficult day on our family.” He doesn't expect his parents, Ray and Judy, to be in attendance, mostly because they rarely come to games, anyway.
“They may show up and be sitting over there (behind the OU bench) and I don't know it,” Mike said. “They tell me they don't come to the game.
“It doesn't really affect Cale and I as much as it does everybody else. It never has. We know it's a job, it's a game. He's trying to win and I'm trying to win, and afterwards we go on down the road.”
SHOOTOUT IN STILLWATER?
Some tidbits about recent Bedlam games in Stillwater:
* The cumulative score of the last seven meetings in Stillwater is OU 239, OSU 230
* In the last two games in Stillwater, OSU has scored 41 points in each one and lost.
* Three of the last seven meetings in Stillwater have been decided by six points or less, including last season's 47-41 OU victory.
TICKET PRICES REMAIN HIGH
Bedlam ticket prices bought through secondary outlets ranged from $195 to $561 Wednesday afternoon, according to market aggregator TiqIq.
The cheapest seats, two in row 27 of section 302, were going for $195 on eBay. Section 302 is in the upper deck behind the OSU sideline and near the east end zone.
The most expensive seats, three in the first row of section 119, were going for $561 on eBay. Section 119 is in the lower level behind the OU sideline and extends from the 10- to the 30-yard line closest to the east end zone.