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Oklahoma State football: What the 2011 Bedlam win meant to the Cowboys

BY GINA MIZELL, Staff Writer, gmizell@opubco.com Published: November 22, 2012

Last year's Bedlam victory was a watershed moment for the Oklahoma State football program.

A 44-10 beat down of rival and traditional power Oklahoma that clinched the school's first Big 12 title and announced the Cowboys had arrived as a prominent national program. Perhaps the best night of the best season in Cowboy football history. A victory that Mike Gundy calls the greatest of his career.

As this season's Bedlam battle in Norman approaches, OSU players and coaches shared their memories of that magical night in Stillwater and what it meant for the Cowboy program.

LEADING UP TO THE GAME

Coach Mike Gundy: “I was convinced that we had the best team, and I was just hoping the hangover from Iowa State didn't affect our play in that game. Our guys practiced good on Tuesday and Wednesday, and we felt better at the end of the week. You'll never know, but would we have played that well if we had beaten Iowa State? I don't know. Maybe not. The loss at Iowa State may have sparked a little different spirit in those guys for that game.”

Running back Jeremy Smith: “The coaches told us way before (the game), probably that Tuesday, ‘We're going to run this ball, and nobody's going to stop us.' And that's how it was. (Joseph Randle and I) both went over 100 yards, which was incredible.”

Safety Daytawion Lowe: “I remember the focus. The atmosphere around campus, there was just a lot of excitement going into the game.”

RUNNING OUT OF TUNNEL

Smith: “That was pretty disrespectful (for the OU players) to be hanging where we come out of. That kind of fired us up even more, for them to be on our home field and to do stuff like that. As you saw, we went out there and took care of business.”

DURING THE GAME

Offensive coordinator Todd Monken: “People don't remember that was the only game (Brandon) Weeden hasn't thrown a touchdown pass (in his OSU career). We ran the ball. After the Iowa State game, we made a conscientious effort (to say), ‘I don't care, we're not going to turn it over. We're not going to just not give a (darn) and throw the thing around and lose the game. We're going to make (OU) play good football.'”

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