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Column: This year’s Bedlam loss could cement another year of mediocrity for the Cowboys

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Oklahoma v Oklahoma State
November 21, 2020

11/21/2020 Oklahoma v Oklahoma State football. Photo by Joshua R. Gateley

When asked about Oklahoma State’s performance against Oklahoma, offensive coordinator Kasey Dunn said it best.

“That’s brief, not very good,” Dunn said.

With a lopsided Bedlam football record of 90-18-7, bad performances happen most years for OSU. 

But this was supposed to be the season. 

All the stars lined up for the Cowboys to get their first Bedlam win since 2014: OSU’s star running back returning for another year, a nationally recognized defense getting better and momentum gaining towards a potential college football playoff run. On the flip side, the Sooners were having an up-and-down season by their standards.

This was supposed to be it, but the Cowboys didn’t show up when it mattered the most.

The defense –– which was hyped up coming into the matchup as being an unstoppable force –– gave up 492 yards of total offense. The offense shuffled the quarterback position around and faced more offensive line woes.

It was the national stage and OSU got smacked 41-13.

And the near-annual sting of a Bedlam loss hurt a little more this year for OSU.

With the loss, the Cowboys are now 5-2 and fourth in the Big 12 standings. Hopes of any sort of meaningful reward this season are dwindling.

Sure a bowl game is nice, but what’s another Camping World Bowl to a team that had an incredibly high ceiling? It would be a massive disappointment.

That disappointment is now their ceiling. 

Even if OSU wins out, this year should be considered mediocre without a Big 12 championship or playoff bid because of the talent this team has.

On the big stage, against the big rival, with all cameras pointed at them and a playoff bid on the line, OSU failed to beat OU once again. 

When discussing the performance after the game coach Mike Gundy talked about having a short memory when it comes to this loss.

“We’ve got to get over this,” Gundy said. “We put ourselves in a difficult situation tonight with where we’re at overall, but none of that matters. The only thing we can do is try to get ourselves ready to play the best game we can next Saturday.”

Sure, the team needs to push through and get over it, but OSU officials shouldn’t get over the embarrassment they have to feel every year when orange meets crimson.

sports.ed@ocolly.com