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November 24, 2012

Sooners reflect on last year's Bedlam beatdown

— The last time Oklahoma met Oklahoma State just getting back to the locker room was overwhelming to the Sooners. After the 44-10 loss to the Cowboys on Dec. 3, 2011, thousands of fans swarmed the Boone Pickens Stadium turf.

The insult of having your in-state rival roll over you like a dump truck in a game that decided the Big 12 championship was bad enough. Having to work your way through the celebration to go home just added insult to injury.

“If I wasn’t a member at OU, it’s pretty cool the fans are rushing the field,” OU defensive end David King said. “But when you’re actually playing in the game and you put all your heart and soul into trying to win the game and you lose, and the fans rush it, it’s kinda hard to hold back from just knocking a guy down. But you’ve gotta refrain from it and just know that’s part of college football.”

The Sooners have experienced memories like that many times in road losses. Saturday’s Bedlam meeting will mark the final home game for a senior class that endured the fans storming the field several times since they arrived in the Norman.

It happened in Stillwater and at Baylor last season. They were engulfed by fans when they lost at Missouri in 2009. When OU losses, it’s generally a pretty big upset.

But its loss to the Cowboys last season wasn’t. It left many wondering if what happened in 2011 has changed the complexion of a very lopsided Bedlam rivalry.

“You’d have to ask them (Oklahoma State),” OU coach Bob Stoops said on Monday. “I’d always had great respect for them before last year. I don’t know.”

The truth is: the Cowboys’ 2011 victory was their first over the Sooners in nine games and just their 17th in 106 meetings (OU leads the series 82-17-7).

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