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OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma and Oklahoma State have played 111 times on the gridiron, but there are only a handful of games that were decided by a touchdown or less. Seven games ended in a tie, so I won’t include those “kissing your sister” games. Twenty other times, the series was decided by seven points or less.

1913: Oklahoma All-American fullback Claude Reeds scored the only touchdown in a 7-0 victory in Stillwater. Reeds plowed ahead on a seven-yard run in the second quarter, and Ray Courtright booted the conversion. Not only was 7-0 the score but also the series record as Oklahoma A&M had yet to win a game since the rivalry began in 1904.

1921: Halfback Dutch Hill’s 30-yard touchdown run in the second period lifted the Sooners to a 6-0 victory in Norman. He plunged through right tackle, lost his balance, but maintained his composure and shed a couple of Aggie tacklers during the run. Hill missed the conversion.

1927: Halfback AB Wright’s third-quarter touchdown pass to fullback Tus Gore gave A&M a 13-7 victory in Norman. The Aggies took a 7-0 lead into halftime. OU tied the score in the third period, but two possessions later OSU began its quest at midfield. Wright found Gore, who had slipped past the Sooners’ secondary, at the 25-yard line and the latter scooted to the end zone. Robert Schacher missed the PAT.

Oklahoma threatened in the fourth quarter with a drive to the A&M 8-yard line, but four plays resulted in only six yards, and the Sooners turned the ball over on downs.

1930: Quarterback Hayden “Trigger” Trigg scored on a 26-yard run in the first quarter for A&M, which was the only score of the game held in Stillwater. Trigg eluded four Oklahoma defenders en route to the end zone, which he spun across the goal line for the touchdown. Jack Baker kicked the extra point for a 7-0 win.

1948: OU halfback Darrell Royal intentionally ran the ball back into the end zone for a safety to preserve a 19-15 Sooner victory. Royal, back to punt, ran wide to his right to elude the rushing Aggies, who trapped him and tackled him in the end zone for a safety. The Aggies were whistled for offside on the play moving the ball to the six with six seconds to go. Not risking an A&M touchdown and victory, Royal took an intentional safety in the end zone as the gun sounded.

1958: A late touchdown by Oklahoma quarterback Bobby Boyd gave the No. 3 Sooners a 7-0 victory in Stillwater. Sleet fell the day before the game, and a soggy Lewis Field made for a slippery pigskin all afternoon. Boyd kept the ball after a fake handoff to one teammate and a fake lateral to another and snaked his way past Cowboy defenders.

1964: OU quarterback Bobby Page hurled a 65-yard scoring strike to Ben Hart to lift the Sooners to a 21-16 win in Stillwater. Hart caught the 15-yard pass at the 50-yard line and outraced the Pokes’ secondary to the end zone.

1965: Charles Durkee’s 35-yard field goal with 1:41 remaining lifted Oklahoma State to a 17-16 victory in Norman, snapping the Sooners’ 19-game win streak in the series. OU’s Ron Shotts missed a 41-yard field goal try with six seconds left.

1966: A failed two-point try near the end of the game, thwarted the Sooners’ comeback effort as the Pokes won, 15-14 in Stillwater. The victory gave OSU its first back-to-back wins in 21 years.

After a late Sooners touchdown, OU went for a two-point conversion for the win. Quarterback Bobby Warmack scrambled and tossed the ball to Shotts at the five, but the OU tailback was cut down at the two by OSU’s Willard Nahrgang and Charley Trimble. Oklahoma tried an onside kick by the Cowboys recovered and ran out the clock.

1969: This time OU’s defense held off the Cowboys to preserve a 28-27 victory in Stillwater. Oklahoma quarterback Jack Mildren scored on a 34-yard run for a 28-21 lead with 13:56 remaining in the game. OSU scored on Bob Cutburth’s 8-yard pass to Herman Eben with 1:15 to go. As Cutburth faded back to look for a receiver on the two-point try, Oklahoma end Albert Qualls slapped the ball from the OSU quarterback’s hands before he could release it.

1976: Oklahoma State scored 18 unanswered points in the second half to capture a 31-24 victory in Norman. OU took a 24-13 lead on Uwe von Schamann’s field goal early in the third quarter. The Pokes scored soon after recovering an Oklahoma fumble. Charlie Weatherbie’s 5-yard pass to Ricky Taylor for a 28-24 lead with 6:46 remaining. Abby Daigle’s 46-yard field goal finished off the Sooners with 3:34 to go.

1983: Tim Lashar’s 46-yard field goal lifted the Sooners to a 21-20 victory in Stillwater. OSU controlled most of the game and held a 20-3 lead early in the fourth quarter. OU stormed back with a couple of touchdowns to trail, 20-18, with 2:50 to go. Sooners’ coach Barry Switzer did not call for an onside kick believing his defense could hold OSU and hopefully get the ball back for another score. The Sooners’ defense had improved after the Pokes took their 18-point lead.

Lashar did not hear Switzer’s order to kick it away. Lashar’s onside attempt bounced off the helmet of OSU’s Chris Rockins. OU’s Scott Case grabbed the bounding football and smothered it at the OSU 49 to set up Lashar’s winning field goal.

1988: Quarterback Charles Thompson’s 18-yard run gave Oklahoma a 31-28 victory in Stillwater. The Cowboys, who trailed most of the game, fought back and took a 28-24 lead with 13:37 left in the game. The Sooners answered with an 80-yard drive to take the lead on Thompson’s score with 2:33 remaining.

The Pokes threatened with a late march, but Mike Gundy’s end zone pass to Brent Parker was tipped by Oklahoma’s Jerry Park and out of Parker’s grasp with 43 seconds to go.

2000: Another tipped pass 12 years later helped the Sooners escape Stillwater with a 12-7 victory. Oklahoma clung to a 12-0 lead through two-and-a-half quarters. Tatum Bell’s 60-yard run cut the Sooners’ lead to 12-7 in the third stanza.

The Cowboys moved to the OU 12-yard line late in the game but faced fourth down. After a timeout, OSU quarterback Aso Pogi tossed a pass in the end zone to tight end Marcellus Rivers, but OU’s Derek Strait, five inches smaller than Rivers, leaped up and swatted the ball away with 3:15 on the clock.

2001: OSU freshman quarterback Josh Fields tossed a 14-yard scoring strike to Rashaun Woods with 1:36 remaining to lift the Cowboys to a 16-13 upset in Norman. Oklahoma held a 10-6 lead at halftime with all of the scoring in the second period. Tim Duncan’s field goal midway through the fourth quarter gave the Sooners a 13-6 advantage, but the Pokes answered with Luke Phillips field goal to trial 13-9.

The Cowboys marched 65 yards on their next possession for the victory.

2004: OSU’s Jason Ricks missed a 49-yard field goal on the game’s final play to allow OU to escape Stillwater with a 38-35 victory. The game was close throughout, but the Sooners took a 28-14 lead early in the third quarter on Mark Clayton’s 50-yard punt return. Each team fired off touchdowns, and Oklahoma held a 35-28 lead heading into the fourth period.

Trey DiCarlo’s field goal put Oklahoma ahead, 38-28, with 13:32 remaining and again the Pokes countered with a touchdown to trail, 38-35, with 10:34 left. The Cowboys got one last chance with the ball at their 19 with 2:44 remaining. They quickly moved to the OU 32 but faced fourth down from there. Ricks came on to boot the game into overtime, but his kick sailed wide left.

2006: Oklahoma State’s last-ditch effort was thwarted by OU’s defense as the Sooners held on for a 27-21 win in Stillwater. OSU’s Bobby Reid completed a 2-yard TD pass to D’Juan Woods to cut Oklahoma’s lead to 27-21 with 6:41 remaining.

The Sooners failed to drain much time off the clock, which allowed the Cowboys one last opportunity to win the game. OU’s punt set up the Pokes at their 37-yard line. Backup quarterback Zac Robinson guided OSU to the OU 25 in eight plays. With just five seconds to go, Robinson hurled the ball to Woods in the end zone, but OU’s Lendy Holmes leaped in the air and tipped the ball away on the game’s final play.

2010: Oklahoma’s Ryan Broyles had the capable hands to snare the Cowboys’ onside kick as the Sooners held on for a 47-41 victory in Stillwater. Both teams battled to a 24-24 tie through the game’s first 33 minutes. Three field goals by OU’s Jimmy Stevens gave his squad a 33-24 lead with 5:53 left in the game.

Both teams combined for 40 points in the fourth quarter, which was highlighted by big plays. An 86-yard pass from Landry Jones to Cameron Kinney gave Oklahoma a 40-31 lead with 3:03 remaining. OSU answered with Justin Gilbert’s 89-yard kickoff return. The Sooners responded with Jones’ 76-yard scoring strike to James Hanna. Dan Bailey kicked a 36-yard field goal with 36 seconds left, but his onside kick was smothered by Broyles.

2012: The Sooners won the first overtime game between the two schools with a 51-48 win in Norman. Oklahoma quarterback Blake Bell’s 4-yard TD run with four seconds remaining and Mike Hunnicutt’s PAT tied the game at 45-45. OSU got the ball first in OT but had to rely on Quinn Sharp’s 26-yard field goal for a 48-45 lead.

On the second play of OU’s overtime possession, running back Brennan Clay powered up the middle through a sea of Cowboys to the end zone.

2014: Two years later another overtime game in Norman, but this time Oklahoma State gets a 38-35 win. The Sooners led 35-28 late in the game and punted to the Pokes’ Tyreek Hill, who called a fair catch at the OSU 15. OSU was flagged 5 yards for roughing the kicker, and Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops decided to rekick hoping to pin the Cowboys deeper. Hill took the re-punt at his 8-yard line and sailed 92 yards for a touchdown with 45 seconds remaining.

The Sooners got the ball first in OT and Hunnicutt missed a 44-yard field goal. OSU took its possession but were forced to a field goal. Ben Grogan’s 21-yard kick split the uprights.

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Ray Dozier

Ray Dozier is the author of Legends of Oklahoma Sooners Football and two editions of The...

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