Where does OSU's win at Texas A&M rank in school history?

By Berry Tramel and Gina Mizell, Staff Writers Modified: September 27, 2011 at 8:00 pm •  Published: September 27, 2011
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Oklahoma State's 30-29 comeback win at Texas A&M on Saturday is undoubtedly one of the greatest wins in program history.

But is it the greatest win in program history? That's debatable.

Here's a look at what The Oklahoman has deemed the top four victories in OSU history, in chronological order. Which one is the best of the best? You decide.

1946 Sugar Bowl

Result: No. 5 OSU 33, No. 7 Saint Mary's 13

What happened: Cowboy Bob Fenimore won the battle of All-Americans; he rushed for 130 yards and passed for 76 yards. Saint Mary's Squirmin' Herman Wedemeyer had 184 total yards. OSU led just 14-13 at halftime.

Short-term benefits: The Cowboys solidified themselves as one of the great World War II-era programs, completing a 9-0 season and justifying their lofty ranking. Beating a California school brought OSU acclaim to a part of the country it never had reached.

Long-term benefits: OSU did not take advantage of its status, postwar. While other schools built up in 1946 and 1947 with returning war veterans, OSU did not so much. But the Sugar Bowl remains the last time OSU made one of the four major bowls, and New Year's Day 1946 remains OSU's highest national status in football.

Quote: “We players felt like it was the biggest game of our careers. We didn't know anything about St. Mary's, other than the fact they had beaten most of the teams out on the coast and they were kind of a wide-open football team. We knew it was the type of club we'd never played before. The minute coach (Jim) Lookabaugh decided we had enough strength and size and power we could manhandle 'em, we just started running the ball at 'em and just wore 'em down.” – Fenimore

1976 Bedlam

Result: OSU 31, No. 5 OU 24

What happened: OSU tailback Terry Miller ran 72 yards for a touchdown 78 seconds into the game, then after the Sooners built an 11-point lead, the Cowboys rallied behind senior quarterback Charlie Weatherbie, who came off the bench to lead OSU to 18 straight points in the final 21 minutes.

Short-term benefits: Pinned just the second defeat on Barry Switzer in his 41 games as the OU coach and propelled the 4-2 Cowboys into the rankings. They mounted a campaign to win the Big Eight title, eventually tying OU and Colorado for the championship.

Long-term benefits: Thirty-five years later, the Cowboys still seek another conference title. But through thick and thin, OSU people know it can be done, because it was done in '76, the heyday of the Big Eight, when that league was America's best.

Quote: “The Lord was on my side. We had a lot of faith in one another the last half. And Psalms 37, verses 23 and 24 tells you, 'All good men who walk with the Lord, He will, uh, uh,' I can't remember it now. But it helped us in that last half.” — Weatherbie

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