Halfway through my college career, I’ve attended many Oklahoma State football and basketball games. Some were thrilling and memorable, while others were quite forgettable. Here’s a look at the 10 best games I’ve seen at OSU.
10. OSU vs. Central Michigan, football
Sept. 10, 2016
Central Michigan won 30-27.
More than a year later, this game’s result is still up for debate. OSU technically lost to Central Michigan on a last-second Hail Mary lateral play, but the play before should have ended the game, when Mason Rudolph threw the ball away on fourth down. Either way, it was an exciting game to watch.
9. OSU vs. Pittsburgh, football
Sept. 17, 2016
OSU won 45-38.
Early in the fourth quarter, the Cowboys and Panthers were tied at 38 when a severe storm rolled into Stillwater, causing an hour-long rain delay. It was a cool addition to an already exciting game in which both teams went up and down the field as if it were an Arena League game. After that delay, the defenses took over the game, with each team getting a stop to keep stay in the game. After a late Pitt punt, the Cowboys took the ball and went down the field to score the game-winning touchdown.
8. OSU vs. Baylor, basketball
Feb. 8, 2017
Baylor won 72-69.
For a while, this game looked like it was going to be a runaway. The Bears took a double-digit lead with under three minutes to play, and it seemed as if they would steamroll to another win. But the Cowboys quickly went on a 12-0 run to bring the game within one before falling in the final seconds, nearly pulling off a win on my 20th birthday.
7. OSU vs. Texas Tech, football
Nov. 12, 2016
OSU won 45-44.
For the final home football game of my freshman year, I was treated to yet another back-and-forth Big 12 shootout. The Cowboys and Red Raiders traded punches and blows on the offensive end, and the Cowboys pulled it out in the end thanks to Texas Tech’s missed extra point in the final two minutes.
6. OSU vs. Iowa State, football
Oct. 8, 2016
OSU won 38-31.
Another Big 12 offensive display didn’t start out that way as the Cowboys fell behind the Cyclones 31-14 in the third quarter. The Cowboys seemed to be heading toward their second loss to Iowa State in five years until scoring 24 unanswered points to cap a frantic second-half comeback.
5. OSU vs. West Virginia, Homecoming football
Oct. 29, 2016
(OSU won 37-20)
For my first taste of America’s Greatest Homecoming Celebration, the Cowboys took on No. 10 West Virginia. After a slow start, the Cowboys took control of the game in the second quarter and never looked back, handing West Virginia its first loss of the season and giving Mike Gundy his 100th win as a head coach.
4. OSU vs. Oklahoma, Bedlam football
Nov. 4, 2017
OU won 62-52.
This was the game I had been waiting for since coming to OSU. The excitement and anticipation of Bedlam football in Stillwater was second to none, and with two 7-1 teams and College GameDay in town, it only added to the excitement. The game lived up to the hype, with the Cowboys and Sooners going back and forth down the field with points and yards galore. In the end, however, the Cowboys couldn’t pull out the win and fell by 10 at home.
3. OSU vs. Kansas, basketball
March 3, 2018
OSU won 82-64.
The Cowboys made history by becoming the first team to sweep the Jayhawks in the Bill Self era with the senior class leading a dominant performance from start to finish. Getting to witness that, which I thought never thought would happen, was something I will never forget.
2. OSU vs. OU, basketball
Feb. 18, 2017
OSU won 96-92.
Until just recently, this would have easily been number one on this list.
In a game that I will never forget, the Cowboys rallied from an 82-69 deficit with under nine minutes left to defeat the Sooners 96-92.
1. OSU vs. OU, basketball
Jan. 20, 2018
OSU won 83-81 in overtime.
One year after watching OSU’s historic comeback to win Bedlam, the Cowboys did it again, this time against an improved Sooners team.
Facing sensation Trae Young, the Cowboys jumped out to a 25-6 lead in the first half before having it cut to 42-30 at the half. After blowing that lead, the Cowboys rallied to tie the game and send it to overtime when Kendall Smith hit a 3-pointer. After a series of crazy miscues, the Cowboys held on for their third regular-season Bedlam win in the last four meetings, and I achieved a lifelong bucket list item: rushing the floor after an upset victory.