Oklahoma State Cowboys football

Oklahoma State Cowboys football
2016 Oklahoma State Cowboys football team
First season 1901
Athletic director Mike Holder
Head coach Mike Gundy
12th year, 10349 (.678)
Stadium Boone Pickens Stadium
Seating capacity 60,218
Field surface FieldTurf
Location Stillwater, Oklahoma
NCAA division Division I FBS
Conference Big 12
All-time record 56253347 (.513)
Bowl record 1690 (.640)
Conference titles 10
Heisman winners 1
Consensus All-Americans 17
Current uniform
Colors Orange and Black[1]
Fight song

Ride 'em Cowboys

Waving Song
Mascot Pistol Pete
Marching band Cowboy Marching Band
Rivals Oklahoma Sooners
Tulsa Golden Hurricane
Website OKstate.com

The Oklahoma State Cowboys football program represents Oklahoma State University–Stillwater in college football. The team is a member of the Big 12 Conference and competes at the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision level. The Cowboys are led by Mike Gundy, who is in his tenth year as head coach. Oklahoma State plays their home games at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Oklahoma.


Early History (1900-1938)

An early version of Pistol Pete

The Oklahoma A&M Aggies (also referred to as the Tigers) played their first season of football in 1900 and joined their first conference for the start of the 1915 season, the Southwest Conference. In 1925, the Oklahoma A&M program joined the Missouri Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Association. In 1928, the MVIAA split into the Big Six Conference and the Missouri Valley Conference. A&M was the only large school that joined the smaller MVC.

Jim Lookabaugh era (1939-1949)

Coach Lookabaugh

Jim Lookabaugh led the Cowboys for eleven seasons, which included a 9-0 campaign in 1945 which followed an 8-1 season the year before. Lookabaugh was an OSU alum who lettered in multiple sports. In October 2016, Oklahoma State was retroactively awarded the 1945 National Championship by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA). Lookabaugh stepped down after the 1949 season, finishing his tenure with a mark of 58–41–6.[2]

Jennings Whitworth era (1950-1954)

From 1950-1954, Jennings B. Whitworth coached at Oklahoma A&M, and compiled a 22–27–1 record, which included only one winning season, a 7-3 campaign in 1953. Whitworth departed A&M to accept the head coaching position at Alabama following the 1954 season.

In 1951, Oklahoma A&M players and coaches caused the Johnny Bright incident, a violent on-field assault against an African American player from Drake University, Johnny Bright; Oklahoma A&M administration would attempt to cover up and deny the incident for over half a century. In 1996, OSU joined with the other Big Eight schools and four schools from the old Southwest Conference to form the Big 12 Conference.

Cliff Speegle era (1955-1962)

Cliff Speegle took the reins of the Oklahoma A&M Coyboys. Under Speegle's tutelage, the Cowboys compiled a record of 36–42–3, which included three winning seasons from 1957-1959.[3] The losing record, combined with an 0-8 mark against archrival Oklahoma, resulted in Speegle's firing following the 1962 season.

In 1956, A&M announced it was joining (or rejoining, depending on one's view) what had become the Big Seven for the 1958–59 academic year. As part of a transition period, the Cowboys went independent for two years. On May 15, 1957, Oklahoma A&M changed its name to Oklahoma State University. They officially became a part of the renamed Big Eight Conference in 1958.

Phil Cutchin era (1963-1968)

Longtime Bear Bryant assistant coach Phil Cutchin led Oklahoma State to its first win over Oklahoma in twenty years, but failed to bring success to Stillwater, compiling a mark of 19–38–2. Cutchin was replaced by the OSU administration eager to see a winning product on the field.[4]

Floyd Gass era (1969-1971)

OSU continued to struggle under head coach Floyd Gass, an OSU alum, who led the Cowboy football program for three seasons. No winning seasons and fan and administration support was hard to come by for a program that had been entrenched in losing for so many years. Despite the lack of football success, Gass would serve in multiple capactities at OSU, including athletics director for severel years after his resignation as football coach.[5]

Dave Smith era (1972)

The Cowboys were finally able to enjoy a winning season, their first in nine years, in 1974 under the leadership of head coach Dave Smith, however, Smith wouldn't stick around, as he departed for the head coaching position at SMU after just one season in Stillwater.[6]

Jim Stanley era (1973-1978)

Coach Stanley

Jim Stanley, a two-time defensive coordinator at OSU, returned to Stillwater to become the head coach of the Cowboys in 1973. He coached them from 1973 to 1978, amassing a career record of 35–31–2. Stanley's Cowboys earned a Fiesta Bowl victory in 1974 and his 1976 team ended the season 9–3 finishing as a Big Eight tri-champions on their way to a Tangerine Bowl victory.[7] His success at Oklahoma State earned him many accolades, including being invited to coach three collegiate all-star games: the 1973 East–West Shrine Game, the 1977 Hula Bowl, and the 1977 Japan Bowl.

In 1978, the Big Eight Conference initiated an investigation into the OSU football program in response to allegations of violations of several NCAA rules and regulations while Stanley was head coach. Stanley successfully filed suit against the conference to require them to provide various due process protections in their final hearing on the charges.

Jimmy Johnson era (1979-1983)

In 1979, Jimmy Johnson got the head coaching job at Oklahoma State. Johnson's successful rebuilding of the inconsistent Cowboys football program is a hallmark in the long history of Cowboy football. In his final season, he led the Cowboys to an 8–4 record and a 24–14 victory over 20th-ranked Baylor in the Astro-Bluebonnet Bowl. The season included a season opening romp over then #12 ranked Arizona State in Tempe, and a Bedlam matchup between the #2 ranked Oklahoma Sooners and the #3 ranked Cowboys on November 24, 1984. A game in which the Cowboys ultimately lost, 24-14. [8]

In 1984, when he was offered the head coaching job at Miami, Jimmy Johnson was unsure if he wanted to leave Stillwater. His good friend Larry Lacewell told Johnson that if he wanted to win a national championship and eventually coach in the NFL, he had to take the Miami job. Johnson soon after accepted the head coaching job at Miami.[9]

Pat Jones era (1984-1994)

Pat Jones was promoted from assistant coach to head coah following John'son departure. He served as head coach of the Oklahoma State Cowboys from 1984 to 1994 after five years as an assistant under Jimmy Johnson. In 11 years at Oklahoma State, he compiled a 62–60–3 record, including three wins in four bowl games. Jones was the Big 8 Coach of the Year in 1984 and 1992. From 1984 to 1988, Jones led the Cowboys to the most successful period in school history at the time. With a talented roster that included running backs Barry Sanders and Thurman Thomas, wide receiver Hart Lee Dykes and quarterback and current Cowboy coach Mike Gundy, they went 44–15 over this five-year stretch, including the school's first three ten-win seasons. Running back Barry Sanders played for the Cowboys from 1986 to 1988, and wore the #21. During his first two years, he backed up All-American Thurman Thomas. In 1987, he led the nation in yards per kickoff return (31.6), while also rushing for over 600 yards and scoring 8 touchdowns. Thomas moved on to the NFL, and Sanders became the starter for his junior year.

In 1988, in what has been called the greatest individual season in college football history,[10] Sanders led the nation by averaging 7.6 yards per carry and over 200 yards per game, including rushing for over 300 yards in four games. Despite his massive workload of 344 carries, Sanders was still used as the team's punt and kickoff returner, adding another 516 yards on special teams. He set college football season records with 2,628 yards rushing, 3,248 total yards, 234 points, 39 touchdowns, 37 rushing touchdowns, 5 consecutive 200 yard games, scored at least 2 touchdowns in 11 consecutive games, and 9 times he scored at least 3 touchdowns. Sanders also ran for 222 yards and scored 5 touchdowns in his three quarters of action in the 1988 Holiday Bowl, a game that is not included in the official NCAA season statistics.[11] Sanders learned of his Heisman Trophy win while he was with the team in Tokyo, Japan preparing to face Texas Tech in the Coca-Cola Classic.[12] He chose to leave Oklahoma State before his senior season to enter the NFL draft.

Days after the 1988 season, Oklahoma State and the NCAA released the results of an unusual joint investigation into the football program. The investigation revealed several major violations dating prior to Johnson's tenure, principally involvement in a "bidding war" for Dykes out of high school. The Cowboys were banned from bowl games for three years and from live television for two years, and they were also limited to 20 scholarships from 1989 to 1992. Jones was not directly implicated in any wrongdoing; indeed, the investigation found that no violations had taken place in two years. He was unable to put together another winning team due to the sanctions, and left OSU after the 1994 season. In Jones' last six years, the Cowboys won only seven games in Big Eight play, including three winless conference records. As it turned out, they would need almost the entire decade of the 1990s to recover; they would only have one winning season from 1989 to 2001.

Bob Simmons era (1995-2000)

Bob Simmons came to OSU from his post as defensive line coach at Colorado to replace Jones. Simmons' teams were largely unsuccessful, and Simmons resigned under pressure following the 2000 season. His final record in Stillwater was30-38 with just one winning campaign, an 8-4 season in 1997 that culminated in a loss in the Alamo Bowl.[13]

Les Miles era (2001–2004)

Coach Miles

After Simmons' resignation, a coaching search produced Dirk Koetter as the new head coach. Hours after accepting the job, Koetter reneged on his offer to coach Arizona State.[14]

The next two candidates were Les Miles and Mike Gundy. Miles was hired as head coach and Gundy as the offensive coordinator. In his first year, Miles would achieve a 4–7 record. In the regular season finale, his underdog Cowboys would defeat the reigning National Champion Oklahoma Sooners in Norman 16–13. In 2002, Miles would post a 7–5 regular season record. The Cowboys would again defeat the Oklahoma Sooners. The team would go on to three straight bowl games in Miles's last three years as head coach. Miles left after the 2004 season to take the LSU job.[15]

Mike Gundy era (2005–present)

Coach Gundy

Mike Gundy was promoted from offensive coordinator and named immediately as Miles' successor and the 22nd head coach at Oklahoma State. Gundy is one of three head football coaches at Oklahoma State to have played for Oklahoma State, along with Jim Lookabaugh and Floyd Gass. His first season saw the expulsion of eleven players from the team and the Cowboys struggled to a 4–7 record winning only one Big 12 conference game. In his second season, the Cowboy offense began to click and the Cowboys would finish 7–6 including a victory over the Alabama Crimson Tide in the Independence Bowl. In 2007, the Cowboys again posted a 6–6 regular season record and a bowl win over the Indiana Hoosiers in the Insight Bowl. After their second straight bowl appearance, Gundy was rewarded with a contract extension through the 2013 season.

After posting a 9–3 regular season record in 2008, Coach Gundy received a new seven-year contract worth $15.7 million. The contract, which extends through the 2015 season, was taken into effect on January 1, 2009.[16] Gundy's tenure as head coach of the Cowboys has seen the rise and expansion of not only his football program, but the football facilities as well. The Cowboys began the 2009 season ranked #9 in the country in the AP Top 25, but the dreams of a miracle season were crushed when the Pokes lost 45-35 to the unranked Houston Cougars at home the following week, and later finding out that star wide receiver Dez Bryant was ruled ineligible for the remainder of the season, for lying to the NCAA about having contact with 8-time pro bowler Deion Sanders, which wasn't an NCAA violation in the first place. The following year, Oklahoma State hired Offensive Coordinator Dana Holgorsen from the University of Houston. In 2010 coach Gundy recorded the first ever 11-win season in Oklahoma State history. What was supposed to be a rebuilding year turned into the best in school history.[17]

Under Gundy there have been a series of NFL quality wide receivers to come through Boone Pickens Stadium. These include Adarius Bowman, Dez Bryant, and Justin Blackmon.

On December 3, 2011, the Cowboys won their first Big-12 Championship in school history with a 44-10 victory over rival Oklahoma in the Bedlam Series. The nationally third-ranked Cowboys eventually went on to win the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl by beating fourth-ranked Stanford in overtime, 41-38, on January 2, 2012.

On October 29, 2016, Mike Gundy recorded his 100th victory as a head coach with a 37-20 win over # 10 West Virginia. In the process, notching his sixth victory over a top 10 ranked school. Mike Gundy is the only Oklahoma State football coach to record 100 victories, and only the 6th coach to reach such a milestone with his current school. [18]


Oklahoma State plays in Boone Pickens Stadium on Lewis Field in Stillwater, Oklahoma. The original football field was inaugurated in 1913, and the first stand was built in 1920. At that time the field was repositioned from a north-south to an east-west configuration to avoid the strong prevailing winds of northern Oklahoma. To this day Boone Pickens Stadium is one of a very few major college football stadiums with an east-west configuration. By 1930 the capacity had risen to 13,000 and increased again in 1947. Major additions, including the first press box, brought the capacity to 30,000. In 1950 again seats were added and the total capacity increased to 39,000. The next renovations came in 1972 and for the next three decades the capacity hovered around 50,000. In 2003 alumnus T. Boone Pickens made a historic donation to the university for improvements to its athletic facilities, and it was announced that the stadium would be renamed in his honor. The announcement of the renovation came after two consecutive victories over the Oklahoma Sooners in the Bedlam Series. The latest renovation of the football stadium was completed in 2009, with the current capacity at 60,218.

In 2007 plans to build the Sherman E. Smith Training Center were unveiled. The 92,000 square foot indoor practice facility was completed in 2013.

Current coaching staff

Name Position
Mike Gundy Head Coach
Dan Hammerschmidt Safeties
Mike Yurcich Offensive Coordinator
Glenn Spencer Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers Coach
Marcus Arroyo Running Backs Coach
Tim Duffie Cornerbacks Coach
Kasey Dunn Receivers Coach
Jason McEndoo Tight Ends/Cowboy Backs Coach
Greg Adkins Offensive Line Coach
Joe Bob Clements Defensive Line Coach

Allegations of misconduct by Sports Illustrated

On September 10, 2013, Sports Illustrated published the first of 5 stories alleging misconduct during Les Miles tenure and extending into the Mike Gundy era. Writers Thayer Evans and George Dohrmann reportedly engaged in a 10-month-long investigation into wrongdoing throughout the early-mid 2000s of the Oklahoma State football program. The first installment "The Money" made allegations of illicit gifts, overzealous boosters, no-show jobs, and a bounty system in place.[19] The second installment, "The Academics" alleged academic fraud, steering athletes into easy pass or no show classes, and grade tampering. The third installment, "The Drugs" painted a picture of a drug culture, in which the players were selling drugs, and the school did little to curtail drug usage. The fourth installment, "The Sex" was heavily edited by all accounts, considering it's late online release time. This installment revealed a hostess program where the head coaches oversaw the application process, and writers implied the hostesses were expected to have sex with recruits. The final installment "The Fallout" told the tale of Artrell Woods, who had left school after a horrific accident from which he had recovered.

While at first shocking to fans and media, Oklahoma State immediately pledged transparency. Athletic Director Mike Holder held a press conference the day before the release and apologized for the bad publicity, and promised to investigate the claims. OSU then hired independent investigator, Charles Smrt to conduct a thorough investigation into the allegations. ESPN later debunked several of the claims in the story by simply calling OSU's registrar and obtaining a transcript from Tatum Bell that proved he was not in school during stated timelines. Further controversy began to surround the Sports Illustrated article when Jason Whitlock, a former colleague of Evans, claimed that he was a huge fan of the University of Oklahoma.[20] Dohrmann went on national syndicated radio with Doug Gottlieb and stated that Fath' Carter had two degrees from OSU.[21] When questioned by ESPN's Brett McMurphy, the registrars' office later stated that Fath' Carter had never graduated.[22] Brandon Weeden also was able to point to unprofessional behavior from Evans displayed during a press conference.[23] DeadSpin also found out that many crucial professors and tutors never were interviewed for the story.[24]

In June 2014, John Talley, a spokesperson for the FCA chapter at Oklahoma State had filed a lawsuit against Dohrmann, Time Inc., and Evans for false-light accusations which painted him as an overzealous booster.[25] In his lawsuit, Talley is seeking damages of $75,000. In July 2014, OSU confirmed that the NCAA had been investigating the allegations.[26]

On October 21, 2014, the NCAA and The Compliance Group, an independent investigation firm led by Charles Smrt, jointly released a statement that the allegations contained in the Sports Illustrated story were "fundamentally unfounded". The NCAA and the investigator had pored over 50,000 emails and had unfettered access to all areas of the compliance department and re-interviewed those who were quoted in the story. The report stated "Overall, several interviewees indicated that they reported to SI general information or incidents about college football but that the SI reporter indicated that the incident occurred at OSU." During the joint investigation, however, three lesser allegations – not related to the Sports Illustrated claims, and labeled as Level II violations- were uncovered

"During the period of fall 2007 through the spring of 2013, approximately 1,572 drug tests occurred of football players. There were 94 positives involving approximately 60 student-athletes per the policy. (According to the company used by the University to conduct its drug testing program, this positive rate per total number of tests is slightly less than the national average).

The institution examined the application of the policy in those 94 situations and believes that on four occasions, the applicable penalty per the policy was not applied and reported this information to the Enforcement Staff."[27]

Also, it was deemed that the Orange Pride spirit program was chartered under the football program, but a recent NCAA policy change in 2007 required spirit clubs to form under the admissions department. Because of these two minor violations, OSU was cited for a failure to monitor in these two instances. The total cost for the independent investigation amounted to $221,055.18.[28]

On January 22, 2015, Burns Hargis and other OSU officials visited the NCAA offices in Indianapolis to appeal to the NCAA. Even as Level II allegations, OSU officials considered them harsh and sought to have them reduced further. Hargis stated OSU’s intent on having those Level II allegations reconsidered, possibly as Level III.

On April 24, 2015, the NCAA announced the sanctions against Oklahoma State would include an $8,500 fine and one-year probation to avoid further citings. The University self-imposed limits on the number of recruiting visits, off-campus evaluations, and the number of evaluation days in the fall and spring recruiting periods all of which will expire in 2016. The University is also not allowed to use the Orange Pride program to assist with recruiting visits for four years (2019-2020 season).[29]No scholarships were reduced and no postseason bans were put into place.[30]

Logos and uniforms

Throughout the 2000s, the Cowboys had four main uniform combinations. For the 2011 football season, it was revealed that Nike had created new uniforms for the Cowboys, offering three different helmet options in either gray, black, or white. New jerseys and pants consisting of black, orange, grey and white also came aboard, allowing for up to 48 different variations. The Cowboys debuted their new gray uniforms for the first game of the 2011 season. In a 2012 home game against Iowa State, the Cowboys debuted the new orange helmets, along with a new Pistol Pete decal. This would bring the different uniform combinations up to 64.[31]

The uniform combinations are chosen before the season by a committee of players and the Cowboys equipment manager, Wes Edwards. A few patterns have evolved since the origination of the multiple uniform era. Thursday night games during 2009, 2010, 2011, and in 2014 have involved black uniforms. Another trend has the Cowboys reverting to the traditional White Helmet/Traditional Brand Logo/Orange Jersey/White Pants for the home opener in 2012, 2013, and 2014. Bowl games for the 2012 Fiesta Bowl, the 2013 Heart of Dallas Bowl, and the high-profile 2014 season opener in the Cowboys Classic featured Oklahoma State wearing all black.

During the 2012 season, fans saw the addition of the orange helmet, and the addition of new decals. For the first time since 1979, the Cowboys took the field in "All Orange" against Iowa State for Homecoming. Also during the 2012 season, new carbon fiber gray helmets replaced the matte gray that had been used in 2011.

The Cowboys helmet logos include a Pistol Pete logo, as well as what fans refer to as "Phantom Pete". The "OSU" Branded logo was now featured in different variants, to reflect the helmet being worn. During 2013, OSU began incorporating a stripe down the center of their helmets for different variations. In 2014, OSU revealed two new helmet choices- a "classic Aggie" which paid homage to the bucking Aggie logo used in the 1940s and 1950s when the school was still called Oklahoma A&M Aggies. The other helmet was an Orange-Chrome with an oversized, off-center Pistol Pete. This was worn in a Thursday night victory over Texas Tech.

Past Uniforms



Main article: Bedlam Series

The first Bedlam game was held at Island Park in Guthrie, Oklahoma. It was a cold, and very windy day with the temperatures well below the freezing mark. At one moment in the game when the Oklahoma A&M Aggies were punting, the wind carried the ball backwards behind the kicker. If the Oklahoma A&M squad recovered the ball it would be a touchback and if the University of Oklahoma squad recovered it, it would be a touchdown. The ball kept going backwards and rolled down a hill into the half-frozen creek. Since a touchdown was at stake, members of both teams dove into the icy waters to recover the ball. A member of the OU team came out with the ball and downed it for a touchdown, eventually winning the game 75–0.[2] Thus was the beginning of Bedlam.

Author Steve Budin, whose father was a New York bookie, has recently publicized the claim that the 1954 "Bedlam" game against rival OU was fixed by mobsters in his book Bets, Drugs, and Rock & Roll (ISBN 1-60239-099-1).[32] Allegedly, the mobsters threatened and paid off a cook to slip laxatives into a soup eaten by many OU Sooner starting players, causing them to fall violently ill in the days leading up to the game. OU was victorious in the end, but their 14–0 win did not cover the 20-point spread they had in their favor. However, many people involved in the 1954 contest do not recall any incident like the one purported by Budin to have occurred.[33] The University of Oklahoma leads the Bedlam Series in football 86–18–7 after claiming their 10th Big XII Conference Championship 38-20 against Oklahoma State.


The Cowboys also have a rivalry with Tulsa. Oklahoma State leads Tulsa in the all-time series 40–27-5, winning the most recent match up in 2011, 59-33.[34] Since 1990 Tulsa is 3-9 versus Oklahoma State with the Cowboys scoring at least 36 points in each of the last four contests. The Cowboys have a twenty-game home winning streak against Tulsa. The last time Tulsa won in Stillwater was 1951.[35]

Texas Tech

Conference (seasons as member)


Oklahoma State Cowboys Football Scout.com team recruiting rankings:

Class Scout.com
Commits Top Commit
2015 40 20 Chris Carson
2014 14 28 Tyreek Hill
2013 25 23 Marcell Ateman
2012 24 24 Greg Brantley
2011 18 26 Herschel Sims
2010 18 27 Shaun Lewis
2009 45 24 Dexter Pratt
2008 40 27 Alfred Dupree
2007 24 22 Richetti Jones
2006 16 29 Perrish Cox
2005 64 21 Quinton Moore
2004 33 18 Bobby Reid
2003 29 30 Xavier Lawson-Kennedy
2002 32 14 Lance Carson


OSU has 1 claimed National Championship from 1945, awarded by a committee representing the Coaches' Poll that is not recognized by any governing body. , won 8 Missouri Valley Conference Championships, 1 Big Eight Conference Championship, and 1 Big 12 Conference Championship.

National championship seasons

Season Coach Selectors Record Bowl
1945 Jim Lookabaugh AFCA 9–0 Won Sugar Bowl
Claimed National Championships 1
Year Overall Record Conference Record Coach Conference
1926 3-4-1 John Maulbetsch Missouri Valley Conference
1930† 7-2-1 Lynn O. Waldorf Missouri Valley Conference
1932 9-1-2 Lynn O. Waldorf Missouri Valley Conference
1933† 6-2-1 Lynn O. Waldorf Missouri Valley Conference
1944 8-1 Jim Lookabaugh Missouri Valley Conference
1945+ 9-0 Jim Lookabaugh Missouri Valley Conference
1948 6-4 Jim Lookabaugh Missouri Valley Conference
1953† 7-3 J.B. Whitworth Missouri Valley Conference
1976† 9-3 5-2 Jim Stanley Big Eight Conference
2011 12-1 8-1 Mike Gundy Big 12 Conference
Total 10 - -

† Denotes shared title

Individual honors

Barry Sanders, 1988
Barry Sanders, 1988
Barry Sanders, 1988
Matt Fodge, 2008
Justin Blackmon, 2010
Justin Blackmon, 2011
Dan Bailey, 2010

Cowboys in the NFL

Bowl games

The Cowboys are 4-4 in the six major bowl games (Rose, Peach, Cotton Bowl Classic, Sugar, Fiesta & Orange), with their biggest win being over Stanford in the 2012 Fiesta Bowl, with the win making them finish 3rd in the final poll, the highest ever finish for a Cowboy team.[36]

Season Bowl Opponent Result
1944 Cotton Bowl Classic TCU W 34-0
1945 Sugar Bowl St. Mary's W 33-13
1948 Delta Bowl William & Mary L 0-20
1958 Bluegrass Bowl Florida State W 15-6
1974 Fiesta Bowl BYU W 16-6
1976 Tangerine Bowl BYU W 49-21
1981 Independence Bowl Texas A&M L 16-33
1983 Astro-Bluebonnet Bowl Baylor W 24-14
1984 Gator Bowl South Carolina W 21-14
1985 Gator Bowl Florida State L 23-34
1987 Sun Bowl West Virginia W 35-33
1988 Holiday Wyoming W 62-14
1997 Alamo Bowl Purdue L 20-33
2002 Houston Bowl Southern Miss W 33-23
2003 Cotton Bowl Classic Mississippi L 28-31
2004 Alamo Bowl Ohio State L 7-33
2006 Independence Bowl Alabama W 34-31
2007 Insight Indiana W 49-33
2008 Holiday Bowl Oregon L 31-42
2009 Cotton Bowl Classic Mississippi L 7-21
2010 Alamo Bowl Arizona W 36-10
2011 Fiesta Bowl Stanford W 41-38 (OT)
2012 Heart Of Dallas Bowl Purdue W 58-14
2013 Cotton Bowl Classic Missouri L 31-41
2014 Cactus Bowl Washington W 30-22
2015 Sugar Bowl Mississippi L 48-20
Total 25 Bowl Games 16–9

Year by year records

Year Coach Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
No Coach (Independent) (1901–1905)
1901 2–3 N/A N/A
1902 No team N/A N/A
1903 0–2–2 N/A N/A
1904 0–4–1 N/A N/A
1905 1–3–2 N/A N/A
Boyd Hill (Independent) (1906)
1906 Hill 1–4–2 N/A N/A
Ed Parry (Independent) (1907–1908)
1907 Parry 1–3–1 N/A N/A
1908 Parry 4–3 N/A N/A
Paul J. Davis (Independent) (1909–1914)
1909 Davis 5–3 N/A N/A
1910 Davis 3–4 N/A N/A
1911 Davis 5–2 N/A N/A
1912 Davis 6–2 N/A N/A
1913 Davis 4–3 N/A N/A
1914 Davis 6–2–1 N/A N/A
John G. Griffith (Southwest) (1915–1916)
1915 Griffith 4–5–1 0–3 N/A N/A
1916 Griffith 4–4 0–3 N/A N/A
E.A. Pritchard (Southwest) (1917–1918)
1917 Pritchard 4–5 1–2 N/A N/A
1918 Pritchard 4–2 0–2 N/A N/A
Jim Pixlee (Southwest) (1919–1920)
1919 Pixlee 3–3–2 0–2 N/A N/A
1920 Pixlee 0–7–1 0–3 N/A N/A
John Maulbetsch (Southwest) (1921–1924)
1921 Maulbetsch 5–4–1 1–1 N/A N/A
1922 Maulbetsch 4–4–1 2–3 N/A N/A
1923 Maulbetsch 2–8 1–3 N/A N/A
1924 Maulbetsch 6–1–2 1–1–1 N/A N/A
John Maulbetsch (Missouri Valley) (1925–1928)
1925 Maulbetsch 2–5–1 0–3–1 N/A N/A
1926 Maulbetsch 3–4–1 3–0–1 N/A N/A
1927 Maulbetsch 4–4 2–1 N/A N/A
1928 Maulbetsch 1–7 0–1 N/A N/A
Pappy Waldorf (Missouri Valley) (1929–1933)
1929 Waldorf 4–3–2 1–1 N/A N/A
1930 Waldorf 7–2–1 2–0 N/A N/A
1931 Waldorf 8–2–1 1–0 N/A N/A
1932 Waldorf 9–1–2 3–0 N/A N/A
1933 Waldorf 6–2–1 2–0 N/A N/A
Albert Exendine (Missouri Valley) (1934–1935)
1934 Exendine 4–5–1 1–1 N/A
1935 Exendine 3–7 0–3 N/A
Ted Cox (Missouri Valley) (1936–1938)
1936 Cox 1–9 1–2 N/A
1937 Cox 4–6 2–2 N/A
1938 Cox 2–8 0–4 N/A
Jim Lookabaugh (Missouri Valley) (1939–1949)
1939 Lookabaugh 5–4–1 3–1 N/A
1940 Lookabaugh 6–3–1 4–1 N/A
1941 Lookabaugh 5–4 3–1 N/A
1942 Lookabaugh 6–3–1 4–1 N/A
1943 Lookabaugh 3–4 0–1 N/A
1944 Lookabaugh 8–1 1–0 W Cotton N/A
1945 Lookabaugh 9–0 1–0 W Sugar 5 1
1946 Lookabaugh 3–7–1 1–1 N/A
1947 Lookabaugh 3–7 0–2 N/A
1948 Lookabaugh 6–4 2–0 L Delta N/A
1949 Lookabaugh 4–4–2 2–1–1 N/A
J.B. Whitworth (Missouri Valley) (1950–1954)
1950 Whitworth 4–6–1 1–2–1
1951 Whitworth 3–7 3–2
1952 Whitworth 3–7 2–2
1953 Whitworth 7–3 3–1
1954 Whitworth 5–4–1 2–2
Cliff Speegle (Missouri Valley) (1955–1956)
1955 Speegle 2–8 1–3
1956 Speegle 3–5–2 2–1–1
Cliff Speegle (Independent) (1957–1959)
1957 Speegle 6–3–1
1958 Speegle 8–3 W Bluegrass 19
1959 Speegle 6–4
Cliff Speegle (Big Eight) (1960–1962)
1960 Speegle 3–7 2–5
1961 Speegle 4–6 2–5
1962 Speegle 4–6 2–5
Phil Cutchin (Big Eight) (1963–1968)
1963 Cutchin 1–8 0–6
1964 Cutchin 4–6 3–4
1965 Cutchin 3–7 2–5
1966 Cutchin 4–5–1 4–2–1
1967 Cutchin 4–5–1 3–4
1968 Cutchin 3–7 2–5
Floyd Gass (Big Eight) (1969–1971)
1969 Gass 5–5 3–4
1970 Gass 4–7 2–5
1971 Gass 4–6–1 2–5
Dave Smith (Big Eight) (1972)
1972 Smith 6–5 4–3
Jim Stanley (Big Eight) (1973–1978)
1973 Stanley 5–4–2 2–3–2
1974 Stanley 7–5 4–3 W Fiesta
1975 Stanley 7–4 3–4
1976 Stanley 9–3 5–2 W Tangerine 14 14
1977 Stanley 4–7 2–5
1978 Stanley 3–8 3–4
Jimmy Johnson (Big Eight) (1979–1983)
1979 Johnson 7–4 5–2
1980 Johnson 3–7–1 2–4–1
1981 Johnson 7–5 4–3 L Independence
1982 Johnson 4–5–2 3–2–2
1983 Johnson 8–4 3–4 W Bluebonnet 18
Pat Jones (Big Eight) (1984–1994)
1984 Jones 10–2 5–2 W Gator 5 7
1985 Jones 8–4 4–3 L Gator
1986 Jones 6–5 4–3
1987 Jones 10–2 5–2 W Sun 12 11
1988 Jones 10–2 5–2 W Holiday 11 11
1989 Jones 4–7 3–4
1990 Jones 4–7 2–5
1991 Jones 0–10–1 0–6–1
1992 Jones 4–6–1 2–4–1
1993 Jones 3–8 0–7
1994 Jones 3–7–1 0–6–1
Bob Simmons (Big Eight) (1995)
1995 Simmons 4–8 2–5
Bob Simmons (Big 12) (1996–2000)
1996 Simmons 5–6 2–6
1997 Simmons 8–4 5–3 L Alamo 24 24
1998 Simmons 5–6 3–5
1999 Simmons 5–6 3–5
2000 Simmons 3–8 1–7
Les Miles (Big 12) (2001–2004)
2001 Miles 4–7 2–6
2002 Miles 8–5 5–3 W Houston
2003 Miles 9–4 5–3 L Cotton
2004 Miles 7–5 4–4 L Alamo
Mike Gundy (Big 12) (2005–present)
2005 Gundy 4–7 1–7
2006 Gundy 7–6 3–5 W Independence
2007 Gundy 7–6 4–4 W Insight
2008 Gundy 9–4 5–3 L Holiday 18 16
2009 Gundy 9–4 6–2 L Cotton 25
2010 Gundy 11–2 6–2 W Alamo 10 13
2011 Gundy 12–1 8–1 W Fiesta 3 3
2012 Gundy 8–5 5–4 W Heart of Dallas
2013 Gundy 10–3 7–2 L Cotton 17 17
2014 Gundy 7–6 4–5 W Cactus
2015 Gundy 10-2 7-2 L Sugar Bowl 19 20
2016 Gundy
Total: 562–533–49
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
Indicates Bowl Coalition, Bowl Alliance, BCS, or CFP / New Years' Six bowl.
#Rankings from final Coaches Poll.


Final rankings

Season Record Conf AP Rank Coaches Rank
1945 9-0-0 (1-0-0) 5 1
1958 8-3-0 N/A 19 -
1976 9-3-0 (5-2-0) 14 14
1983 8-4-0 (5-2-0) - 18
1984 10-2-0 (5-2-0) 7 5
1987 10-2-0 (5-2-0) 11 12
1988 10-2-0 (5-2-0) 11 11
1997 8-4 (5-3) 24 24
2008 9-4 (5-3) 16 18
2009 9-4 (6-2) - 25
2010 11-2 (6-2) 13 10
2011 12-1 (8-1) 3 3
2013 10-3 (7-2) 17 17
2015 10-3 (7-2) 20 19

See also

Future non-conference opponents

Announced schedules as of January 21, 2016

2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
vs Tulsa vs South Alabama at Tulsa vs Tulsa vs Tulsa
at Pittsburgh vs Boise State at Oregon State vs South Alabama at Boise State
at South Alabama vs Central Michigan vs Oregon State vs Rice



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