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Oklahoma State%E2%80%93Tulsa Football Rivalry
Oklahoma State-Tulsa football rivalry
Other namesBank of Oklahoma Turnpike Classic[1]
SportAmerican college football
First meetingOctober 16, 1914
Oklahoma A&M 13, Kendall 6[2]
Latest meetingSeptember 11, 2021
Oklahoma State 28, Tulsa 23
Next meetingSeptember 14, 2024
StadiumsBoone Pickens Stadium (Oklahoma State)
H.A. Chapman Stadium (Tulsa)
Statistics
Meetings total75
All-time seriesOklahoma State leads, 43-27-5[3]
Largest victoryTulsa, 55-6 (1943)
Longest win streakOklahoma State, 9 (1999-present)
Current win streakOklahoma State, 9 (1999-present)
Locations of Oklahoma State and Tulsa

The Oklahoma State-Tulsa football rivalry is a college football rivalry game between Oklahoma State and Tulsa. The two teams first played each other in 1914, and the rivalry has been played on and off for a total of 75 games as of 2021.[4][5]

Series history

From 1935 to 1956, the two teams both competed in the Missouri Valley Conference. In those 22 seasons, the conference champion would be won by either Oklahoma State or Tulsa 16 times.[6] They played each other annually from 1926 to 1965. Then played again regularly from 1981 to 2000.[7] The two universities are approximately 70 miles apart via the Cimarron Turnpike.[8]

In 1992, the Tulsa World reported that former Tulsa teammates Dave Rader and Denver Johnson were now coaching on opposite sides: Rader as Tulsa head coach and Johnson as Oklahoma State defensive line coach.[9]

The Bank of Oklahoma began a sponsorship deal in 2017 with Oklahoma State and Tulsa to name the series the Bank of Oklahoma Turnpike Classic.[10]

The next scheduled game between Oklahoma State and Tulsa is scheduled for September 14, 2024 in Stillwater, as part of annual home-and-home series that extends through 2031 with a hiatus in 2022 and 2023.[11]

Quotes on the series

"The University of Tulsa and Oklahoma State have a colorful history of compelling football games," wrote Bill Haisten for the Tulsa World in 2010.[12] Bill Connors wrote 16 years earlier for the Tulsa World: "Tulsa and Oklahoma State never played each other in football when the game seemed insignificant to the participants."[13]

Oklahoma State head coach Jimmy Johnson said in 1982: "OU and OSU, that's a rivalry, but not OSU and Tulsa."[14] In contrast, Tulsa head coach John Cooper said about the Oklahoma State-Tulsa series: "It's a natural rivalry, and I don't think you can underestimate the importance of that."[14]

In 2008, The Oklahoman sportswriter Berry Tramel wrote that this series "should be played regularly" because Tulsa had improved over the decade.[15] However, Tramel changed his opinion in 2017: "OSU-Tulsa has faded away. . . . Conference realignment and economic realities have made it more difficult for age-old rivals to schedule, especially when they end up on different competitive planes."[16]

Notable games

1945

Oklahoma A&M 12 - Tulsa 6

Oklahoma A&M entered week 6 undefeated (5-0) ranked No. 11 and hosted a Tulsa team who had dropped to No. 19 after their first loss to Indiana the previous week. This is the only contest between the two schools with both teams ranked in the AP Poll.[17] The Cowboys defeated the Golden Hurricane en route to an undefeated (9-0) season.

1995

Tulsa 24 - Oklahoma State 23

Tulsa was trailing by 20 points in the fourth quarter, then scored three touchdowns in the final 5:41 to win 24-23 in what was then still called Skelly Stadium.[18]

2011

Oklahoma State 59 - Tulsa 33

In week 3, Tulsa took on Oklahoma State in a home game that memorably lasted until 3:35 AM after inclement weather delayed the kickoff past midnight. The Golden Hurricane scored a field goal on their first drive to take an early lead, but were unable to contain the Cowboys' potent offense and quickly fell behind for good. The team was further hindered by the loss of G.J. Kinne near the end of the first quarter, forcing them to rely heavily on the run for the remainder of the game.[19][20][21]

Game results

Oklahoma State victoriesTulsa victoriesTie games
No.DateLocationWinnerScore
1 16 October 1914 Stillwater Oklahoma A&M 13-6
2 15 October 1915 Stillwater Tie0-0
3 4 November 1916 Tulsa Kendall 17-13
4 17 November 1917 Stillwater Oklahoma A&M 41-2
5 23 November 1918 Tulsa Oklahoma A&M 33-0
6 21 November 1919 Stillwater Tie7-7
7 9 October 1920 Stillwater Tulsa 20-14
8 16 October 1926 Tulsa Tulsa 28-0
9 22 October 1927 Stillwater Tulsa 28-26
10 29 November 1928 Tulsa Tulsa 31-0
11 2 November 1929 Stillwater Oklahoma A&M 20-0
12 13 December 1930 Tulsa Oklahoma A&M 13-7
13 14 November 1931 Tulsa Oklahoma A&M 7-6
14 1932 Tulsa Tie0-0
15 1933 Tulsa Oklahoma A&M 7-0
16 1934 Stillwater Tulsa 19-0
17 1935 Tulsa Tulsa 12-0
18 1936 Tulsa Tulsa 13-0
19 1937 Tulsa Tulsa 27-0
20 1938 Tulsa Tulsa 20-7
21 1939 Tulsa Oklahoma A&M 9-7
22 1940 Tulsa Tulsa 19-6
23 1941 Stillwater Tulsa 16-0
24 1942 Tulsa Tulsa 34-6
25 1943 Tulsa Tulsa 55-6
26 1944 Tulsa Oklahoma A&M 46-40
27 1945 Stillwater No. 11 Oklahoma A&M 12-6
28 1946 Tulsa Tulsa 20-18
29 1947 Stillwater Tulsa 13-0
30 6 November 1948 Tulsa Oklahoma A&M 19-0
31 5 November 1949 Stillwater Tie13-13
32 4 November 1950 Tulsa Tulsa 17-13
33 3 November 1951 Stillwater Tulsa 35-7
34 1 November 1952 Tulsa Tulsa 23-21
35 31 October 1953 Stillwater Oklahoma A&M 28-14
36 30 October 1954 Tulsa Oklahoma A&M 12-0
37 29 October 1955 Stillwater Oklahoma A&M 14-0
38 13 October 1956 Tulsa Tie14-14
39 12 October 1957 Stillwater Oklahoma State 28-13
No.DateLocationWinnerScore
40 11 October 1958 Tulsa Tulsa 24-16
41 10 October 1959 Stillwater Oklahoma State 26-0
42 8 October 1960 Tulsa Oklahoma State 28-7
43 7 October 1961 Stillwater Oklahoma State 26-0
44 6 October 1962 Tulsa Oklahoma State 17-7
45 9 November 1963 Stillwater Oklahoma State 33-24
46 31 October 1964 Tulsa Tulsa 61-14
47 2 October 1965 Stillwater Oklahoma State 17-14
48 11 September 1976 Stillwater Oklahoma State 33-21
49 10 September 1977 Tulsa Oklahoma State 34-17
50 19 September 1981 Stillwater Oklahoma State 23-21
51 19 September 1982 Tulsa Tulsa 25-15
52 1 October 1983 Stillwater Oklahoma State 9-0
53 29 September 1984 Tulsa No. 10 Oklahoma State 31-7
54 5 October 1985 Stillwater No. 13 Oklahoma State 25-13
55 13 September 1986 Tulsa Tulsa 27-23
56 5 September 1987 Stillwater Oklahoma State 39-28
57 1 October 1988 Stillwater No. 13 Oklahoma State 56-35
58 9 September 1989 Tulsa Tulsa 20-10
59 1 September 1990 Stillwater Oklahoma State 10-3
60 7 September 1991 Tulsa Tulsa 13-7
61 26 September 1992 Stillwater Oklahoma State 24-19
62 18 September 1993 Tulsa Oklahoma State 16-10
63 24 September 1994 Stillwater Oklahoma State 17-10
64 9 September 1995 Tulsa Tulsa 24-23
65 14 September 1996 Stillwater Oklahoma State 30-9
66 12 September 1998 Tulsa Tulsa 35-20
67 11 September 1999 Stillwater Oklahoma State 46-9
68 9 September 2000 Tulsa Oklahoma State 36-26
69 11 September 2004 Stillwater Oklahoma State 38-21
70 18 September 2010 Stillwater Oklahoma State 65-28
71 18 September 20111 Tulsa No. 7 Oklahoma State 59-33
72 31 August 2017 Stillwater No. 10 Oklahoma State 59-24
73 14 September 2019 Tulsa Oklahoma State 40-21
74 19 September 2020 Stillwater No. 11 Oklahoma State 16-7
75 11 September 2021 Stillwater Oklahoma State 28-23
Series: Oklahoma State leads 43-27-5[3]
Note, the 1922 game was cancelled.[22][23]
1Originally scheduled to kick off at 9:00 p.m. on 17 September but was delayed past midnight due to lightning.

See also

References

  1. ^ "Game Notes: Cowboys Set for 2019 Bank of Oklahoma Turnpike Classic". Oklahoma State University Athletics.
  2. ^ "Football History vs Tulsa". Oklahoma State University Athletics.
  3. ^ a b "mcubed.net : NCAA Football : Series Records : Oklahoma State vs. Tulsa". www.mcubed.net.
  4. ^ Rohde, John (23 September 1994). "OSU-TU: A Look Back Rivalry Has Been Competitive". The Oklahoman. Retrieved 2020.
  5. ^ "Throwback Tulsa: A look back at the OSU-Tulsa football series". Tulsa World. 10 September 2021. Retrieved 2021.
  6. ^ "Missouri Valley Conference Champions"
  7. ^ "Rivalry Between TU and OSU Grows Despite Possible End". KOTV. September 10, 2000. Retrieved 2020.
  8. ^ "Football notes: Oklahoma State Game". University of Tulsa. September 9, 2019. Retrieved 2020.
  9. ^ MacLeod, Ken (September 24, 1992). "TU-OSU family feud". Tulsa World. p. 1B. Retrieved 2020 – via Newsbank.
  10. ^ Tramel, Berry (August 1, 2017). "OSU-Tulsa series gets a name". The Oklahoman. Retrieved 2020.
  11. ^ https://fbschedules.com/ncaa/oklahoma-state/
  12. ^ Haisten, Bill (September 18, 2010). "OSU, TU rekindle rivalry". Tulsa World. Retrieved 2020.
  13. ^ Connors, Bill (September 23, 1994). "Stakes Unusually High for TU, OSU". Tulsa World. p. S1. Retrieved 2020 – via Newsbank.
  14. ^ a b Kensler, Tom (September 19, 1982). "OSU, Tulsa Coaches Know Their Psychology". The Oklahoman. Retrieved 2020.
  15. ^ Tramel, Berry (June 7, 2008). "Bully OU-Tulsa & OSU-Tulsa". The Oklahoman. Archived from the original on June 14, 2008. Retrieved 2020.
  16. ^ Tramel, Berry (August 29, 2017). "Oklahoma State-Tulsa football series has lost its buzz". The Oklahoman. Retrieved 2020.
  17. ^ "Tulsa 1945 Schedule"
  18. ^ Writer, MIKE BROWN World Sports. "TU's 1995 comeback against OSU memorable". Tulsa World.
  19. ^ "Oklahoma State, Tulsa take part in midnight madness". Los Angeles Times. September 18, 2011.
  20. ^ "Oklahoma State vs. Tulsa - Game Recap - September 17, 2011 - ESPN". ESPN.com.
  21. ^ Floyd, Brian (September 18, 2011). "Oklahoma State Vs. Tulsa: Start Time Will Be After Midnight". SBNation.com.
  22. ^ "2020 Media Guide" (PDF). tulsahurricane.com. Tulsa Athletics. p. 166. Retrieved 2020. Mutually agreed not to play the game
  23. ^ "2020 Media Guide" (PDF). okstate.com. Oklahoma State Athletics. p. 211. Retrieved 2020. mutual forfeit

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