There is nothing like beating your rival. Yes, football is king and awards a good deal of bragging rights, but college athletics allow many opportunities for you to rub a loss in the face of your least favorite opposing team.
With Oklahoma State’s sweep of Oklahoma in baseball, the Cowboys won the All-Sports Bedlam Series trophy for the fourth year in a row, and the right to crown themselves the best athletic department in the state.
The trophy is awarded to the school who ends the year with the most head-to-head victories, with every head-to-head matchup worth one point. In sports where the teams do not directly face each other (cross country, track and field and golf), the school that finishes higher at the Big 12 championship event for that sport gets the point.
OSU wins the trophy with a score of 13-12 this year with the bulk of the wins coming in baseball, men’s basketball, and wrestling.
Those 13 points mean 13 Cowboy victories over the Sooners. But, which ones were the most memorable from this year?
Cowboys 68 - Sooners 66
I went back and forth for awhile about which basketball game to feature. Both were great wins, and part of OSU’s first sweep of their instate rival in more than a decade.
However, beating the Sooners on their home court in the first match-up of the season was just too sweet.
Oklahoma State beat OU in the Lloyd Noble Center for the first time since 2004 in an ugly, back-and-forth game. The Cowboys only shot 33% from the field, but out rebounded the Sooners by 14.
OSU trailed by four with 1:18 left in the game, but held the Sooners scoreless from there. Free throws by Jawun Evans and Mitchell Solomon got the Cowboys within one.
Then... the insane game winner.
Cowgirls 4 - Sooners 0
The Cowgirls sent their three seniors out in style, shutting out OU on Senior Day in Stillwater.
OSU won all three doubles matches to earn the first point of the day. That was followed with wins by straight-wins from Vladica Babic, Aliona Bolsova, and Katarina Adamovic for the final three points.
The three seniors, Adamovic, Carla Tur Mari, and Viktoriya Lushkova finished their careers going 6-1 against the Sooners.
Cowboys 37 - Sooners 3
Similar to basketball, the Cowboys swept the Sooners this season. In this case both were dominant victories. So why this one?
It was the final meet of a dominant, undefeated regular season for OSU and their eighth victory by 30 or more points of the season. Plus, thumping your rival at home, by 34 points, in a rematch is just impressive. OSU had three technical falls and one fall in nine matches.
OU’s only victory was at heavyweight, in a match-up where OSU sent Derek White who regularly fights at 197.
While beating the Sooners on the mat has become fairly routine, dominating what was a ranked OU squad is always nice!
Game 1: Cowboys 9 - Sooners 7
Game 2: Cowboys 5 - Sooners 2
You can’t pick just one. OSU entered the Bedlam series losers of six straight and needing a sweep just to reach the Big 12 Championship. They got it.
OSU not only won both games, after numerous rain delays, they went on to win four more to win the Big 12 championship and reach a regional for the fifth straight year.
The first game wasn’t as close as the final score makes it appear. OSU entered the bottom of the ninth leading 9-4, but gave up three runs to make things close.
Considering how different the two teams seasons were, getting the sweep of the Sooners (including beating them in a single game non-conference game earlier in the season) was a fantastic way to end the regular season, and the start of a fantastic six game run for the Cowboys.
So Cowboy fans, which Bedlam victory was your favorite this year? Let us know in the comments section below!