10. November 12, 2005 vs No. 13 Texas Tech
First Big 12 win for Gundy- Oklahoma State finished 4-7 and dead last in the Big 12 standings in Mike Gundy’s first year. The Cowboys lone win in the conference came nine weeks into the season over highly ranked Texas Tech. Oklahoma State rushed for 303 yards, a real tribute to what Gundy would implement in seasons to come.
9. January 1, 2013 Heart of Dallas Bowl
Biggest blowout in OSU bowl game history- In one of the more up and down seasons in Oklahoma State history, the Cowboys ended the regular season with two heartbreaking loses at Oklahoma and Baylor. Oklahoma State finished the year fourth in the Big 12, yet fell all the way to the Heart of Dallas Bowl. Many wondered if the Cowboys would be motivated to play 6-6 Purdue. That clearly wasn’t a problem as Clint Chelf led the Pokes to a 58-14 win in the most lopsided bowl game in recent history.
8. December 28, 2006 vs Alabama Independence bowl
Gundy’s first bowl win- We mostly wanted to include this game to remind everyone we own Bama. Kidding, but not really. In a matchup of two 6-6 teams, the Cowboys prevailed 34-31 over the Crimson Tide for their first bowl win since 2002. Bobby Reid and Dantrell Savage led the offense to 419 total yards compared to Alabama’s 276. Oh how the tide has turned. . .
7. September 24, 2011 at No. 8 Texas A&M
Winning at College Station is a nearly impossible feat, but nothing the 2011 Cowboys couldn’t handle. Trailing by 17 at half, OSU stormed back to win 30-29 in a battle of top eight teams. Brandon Weeden had possibly the best game by an Oklahoma State quarterback ever, going 47-60 with 438 yards, two touchdowns and no picks. I wouldn’t be able to do that in NCAA let alone against one of the best defenses in the country. Gundy led the Cowboys to back to back wins at Kyle Field for the first time in school history. The game marked the last time the Cowboys and Aggies played and it was a classic.
6. November 7, 2015 vs No. 8 TCU
In a season that had so much potential, the highlight of the year was no doubt a 49-29 thumping of previously undefeated TCU. Mason Rudolph and James Washington connected three times in the endzone, while the defense picked off Trevone Boykin four times and turned him away on the goal line on fourth down to send Boone Pickens Stadium into a frenzy. This past season may have been Gundy’s best coaching job, regardless of how the season ended. For a team that had no threat of a run game and a defense that was missing some key components, going 10-3 and making a NY6 bowl will always mean something at Oklahoma State.
5. October 11, 2008 at No. 3 Missouri
Oklahoma State’s win at previously undefeated Missouri marked the first big time win in the Gundy era. In a sign of things to come, the Cowboys improved to 6-0 for the first time since 1945. Zac Robinson led the Pokes with 215 yards through the air and a pair of scores. The OSU defense stifled Heisman contender Chase Daniel, picking him off three times on the way to a 28-23 upset in front of a prime time audience. Gundy coached the Cowboys to a 9-4 season that year, his best season up to that point.
4. December 6, 2014 at No. 18 Oklahoma
Tyreek Hill raced to 92 yards of school history, Ben Grogan saved the Cowboys season with a game winning field goal, and Mike Gundy picked up his second Bedlam win in the most bizarre fashion. Rudolph made his second career start in front of 85,000 fans on the road, joining Josh Fields as the only OSU true freshman quarterback to win in Norman. The defense played well enough to keep the Pokes in it, and thanks to a questionable call by Bob Stoops to punt twice, the Cowboys reached bowl eligibility and ended the season 7-6. To this day, I have no idea how Gundy pulled this one out, but I’m not complaining.
3. November 23, 2013 vs No. 3 Baylor
Clint Chelf played a nearly perfect game, and OSU was firing on all cylinders leading to a 49-17 dismantle of previously undefeated Baylol. With Game Day in the house, the Pokes put on an offensive and defensive clinic putting themselves in perfect position for their second Big 12 title in three years. It’s hard to pinpoint one specific play that defined this game, but Bryce Petty going 20 yards untouched on a quarterback scramble, only to fall on his face yards before the end zone sums it up better than I could.
2. January 2 - 2011 Fiesta Bowl
A strong case could be made that the Fiesta Bowl was Gundy’s defining win. Weeden and Blackmon closed out their collegiate careers in stunning fashion, knocking off Andrew Luck and the fourth ranked Stanford Cardinals. After trailing 14-0, Blackmon made it clear he wanted the ball and Weeden was more than happy to oblige. The two hooked up eight times for 186 yards and three scores, while Quinn Sharp hit a 21 yard game winning field goal to give Gundy and company their first BCS bowl victory in program history. Stanford kicker Jordan Williamson, who is always welcome in Stillwater as far as I’m concerned, missed two field goals in the waning moments, to hand the Pokes their first 12 win season in program history. A perfect way to cap an almost-perfect season.
1. December 3, Bedlam
There is no doubt this is Gundy’s best win as a coach. With the Big 12 title on the line, Oklahoma State dominated from the get go en route to a 44-10 Bedlam win and the first Big 12 title in school history. This game was huge for Gundy. Up to this point, he was 0-6 against Oklahoma and 0-7 would have meant a less than stellar ending to the best team in OSU history. Don’t lie. You still watch highlights from this game in hopes time will magically transport you back to that beautiful night. Maybe it’s just me, but one things for sure; nobody in Oklahoma State history will ever forget this game.