When I think of Bedlam, of course I think of the current players and coaches, weighing the odds for each team, anxious to see who will prevail in that year’s edition of the game. However, its also a time where I reflect on the teams and players that came before them in this great, tradition filled rivalry. Adrian Peterson, Brandon Weeden, Jason White, Rashaun Woods — take a breath — Sam Bradford, Dez Bryant, Mark Clayton, and Barry Frickin’ Sanders! Are you kidding me? This is the list of players that this game and these two schools have produced over the years, and that’s a mere fraction of the players worth listing.
What’s even more impressive are the accolades that these players have earned. Bedlam has featured six Heisman winners and 193 total All-Americans. I mean, six Heisman winners isn’t a bad total I guess, seeing that there are 80 schools who have yet to see one of their own strike the Heisman pose. Let’s be honest, that number should be seven since Adrian Peterson was robbed in 2004 when he was just a true Freshman. He posted 1,925 yards, which just so happened to be a freshman record.
Thanks Matt Leinart.
Now we’ve discussed the great players Bedlam has produced, but what about the actual games that have been played on the field. Here’s a look at a few of the games and moments that have stuck with me over the years.
2001 — Josh Fields throws over Sooner great and future Thorpe winner Derrick Straight to Rashaun Woods in the corner of the end zone for a touchdown to seal the biggest upset in Bedlam history.
2004 — Who could forget Adrian Peterson’s 80-yard run? The only thing more beautiful than watching AD gallop down the field with that famous head bobble, was that dirty spin move that sprung it.
2010 — In the last few minutes of the game, Landry Jones was able to toss two touchdowns of 86 yards to Cameron Kenney and 76 yards to James Hanna in a back-and-forth game that included Justin Gilbert’s 89-yard kickoff return TD.
2014 — Big Game Bob decides to punt the ball not once, but twice to speedy returner Tyreke Hill after running into the kicker was called. Not only did the Sooners lose the game, but that single decision is arguably the worst coaching decision of Stoops career.
In reality Bedlam is just one game that counts the same as the other conference games, but this game offers fans bragging rights for an entire year. The banter doesn’t just stop a week or two after the game. When these two teams step on the field nothing else matters in the state of Oklahoma — not the rankings, the writers, or anything they have accomplished earlier in the season.
So, what I say to you as we sit here on the heels of the 111th meeting between the two state schools is to sit back, relax, and stop looking at the memes.
Seriously, it’s bad for your health.