Oklahoma State Cowboys

Oklahoma State Cowboys

About Oklahoma State Cowboys

The Oklahoma State Cowboys have been active in organized football since 1901. The team represent Oklahoma State University–Stillwater and joined their first conference in 1915. In 1958, they became part of the Big Eight Conference and were one of the twelve teams to form the Big 12 Conference in 1996. Their main rivalries are with the Oklahoma Sooners and the Tulsa Golden Hurricane. The rivalry with Oklahoma is known as the 'Bedlam Series' and dates back to 1904.

During the late 1980s, the school came under investigation for various breaches of conduct and Oklahoma State were found guilty of recruitment corruption for their part in a bidding war for the services of Hart Lee Dykes. As a result, they were put on probation for four years, were banned from bowl games for three years, were banned from live television for two years and a 20 scholarship limit was placed on the program between 1989 and 1992. This punishment made success difficult for the next decade.

However, over the years, Oklahoma State have enjoyed some significant success, including winning Conference Championships in 1926 and 1976. Mike Gundy took over as head coach in 2005 and has led the team to further glory. In 2010, they achieved their first ever 11-win season and in 2011, the Cowboys claimed their first ever Big 12 Championship and their third Conference Title in total.

A number of talented players have come through the program, including Hart Lee Dykes, Dez Bryant and Justin Blackmon. Oklahoma State have produced one Heisman Trophy winner; Barry Sanders in 1988. Sanders broke several records and his 1988 season has subsequently been called the greatest individual season in the history of college f...