OSU's Best 10 Moments of 2014

Oklahoma State fans had their share of thrilling victories (the Bedlam comeback just a few weeks ago, just to name one) to some disappointing setbacks during 2014. Let’s take a look at some of the best moments/games for the Cowboys and Cowgirls over the past 365 days.

1. Bedlam Football (Dec. 6, 2014)
Mike Gundy calls it the biggest win in his 10 years as head coach at Oklahoma State. The Cowboys were 21-point underdogs to the 18th-ranked Oklahoma Sooners and trailed by 14 points with less than five minutes to play at Memorial Stadium in Norman.

But the Cowboys rallied for the 38-35 overtime victory to get their sixth win of the season and extend their school-record bowl streak to nine consecutive seasons. Ben Grogan’s 21-yard field goal in overtime gave the Cowboys the win after OU had missed a field goal on its possession.

True freshman quarterback Mason Rudolph, making the second start of his career, threw for 273 yards and two touchdowns, including a 43-yard scoring toss to Brandon Sheperd to pull OSU within 35-28 with 4:51 remaining. The play that both OSU and OU fans will remember for a long time is when the Sooners declined a running into the punter penalty and elected to kick again with less than a minute to play. Tyreek Hill made the Sooners pay when he returned the punt 92 yards for a game-tying touchdown with 45 seconds remaining in regulation.

The Cowboys then won it overtime for OSU’s first victory in Norman since 2001.

2. Cowboys Upset No. 5 Kansas (March 1, 2014)
His sophomore season wasn’t going as Marcus Smart planned after bypassing a chance to enter the NBA Draft. But the Cowboys point guard put it all together for one game – at least one half – against the fifth-ranked Kansas Jayhawks when his team needed a signature win to prove they belonged in the NCAA Tournament.

Smart missed all seven of his shots in the first half but scored 20 of his 21 points in the second half to lead the Cowboys to an 72-65 victory over the Jayhawks before a sold-out Gallagher-Iba Arena crowd. He made five of seven field goals and eight of 12 free throws in the second half, and single-handedly got KU seven-footer Joel Embiid in foul trouble.

Markel Brown scored 21 points and Le’Bryan Nash added 16 as the Cowboys overcame a 10-point deficit in the second half to send a message – we belong in the Big Dance – to the NCAA selection committee.

"Marcus struggled a lot, but then he made a lot of big plays,” OSU head coach Travis Ford said. “After the game, I told him he's a piece of work. You have to stick with him, because he's going to make plays. He's a competitor. That's what he did. He was huge down the stretch.”

3. Pair Claim NCAA Wrestling Titles (March 22, 2014)
Chris Perry and Alex Dieringer won individual titles at the 2014 NCAA Wrestling Championships in helping the Cowboys to a third-place finish in the team race. Perry, a senior, won his second straight NCAA title with a 4-0 decision over Oklahoma’s Andrew Howe at 174 pounds. Dieringer, a sophomore, captured his first national crown with a 13-4 major decision over Dylan Ness of Minnesota at 157.

Two other Cowboys advanced to the championship match in their weights only to finish as the runner-up. Josh Kindig lost a hard-fought sudden victory to Northwestern’s Jason Tsirtsis, 3-1, at 149 pounds. Senior Tyler Caldwell capped his career with a run to the finals at 165 pounds before suffering a 6-0 decision to top-seeded and undefeated David Taylor of Penn State.

OSU finished third in the team race behind Penn State and Minnesota.

4. Marcus Smart, Markel Brown Head to NBA (June 26, 2014)
For the first time since 1992, OSU had two players selected in the NBA Draft when sophomore Marcus Smart and senior Markel Brown were picked in June. Smart, who declared for the draft after his sophomore season at OSU, was the sixth overall selection by the Boston Celtics, while Brown was selected in the second round (44th overall) by the Minnesota Timberwolves who then traded his rights to the Brooklyn Nets.

Smart was a two-time All-American for the Cowboys, just the eighth multiple All-American in school history. He set a pair of school steals records, and ranks sixth in school history with his 16.6 career scoring average. Smart matched Bryant "Big Country" Reeves as the highest player selected in the draft from OSU in the modern era. Reeves was also the sixth pick, by the Vancouver Grizzlies in 1995. Smart is the fourth Cowboy to be drafted by the Celtics organization, the last being Tony Allen, who won a World Championship with Boston in 2009.

Brown was a two-time All-Big 12 selection by both the conference coaches and the Associated Press. He is the only player in school history to record 1,500 points, 500 rebounds, 300 assists, 100 blocks and 100 steals in a career, and his 1,655 points rank seventh on the OSU career scoring chart. Brown is the 35th Cowboy ever selected in the NBA Draft, and the 13th since 1990.

5. Cowgirls Advance To Sweet 16 (March 24, 2014)
The Oklahoma State women’s basketball team advanced to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2008 – and only the third time in school history – with a 73-66 victory over host Purdue in a NCAA Women’s Basketball Regional in West Lafayette, Ind.

After senior leader Tiffany Bias suffered a ankle injury with 14:04 remaining to play, the Cowgirls saw their lead slip to six points but they used a 15-6 run to regain control en route to the victory. Sophomore Brittney Martin was outstanding, finishing with 20 points and 20 rebounds (just three shy of matching the first- and second-round record for an NCAA tourney game, a mark that has stood since 1985), and LaShawn Jones added 16 points and 12 rebounds.

The Cowgirls would finish the season with a 25-9 record after falling to top-seed and undefeated Notre Dame 89-72. The Irish would advance to the championship game before losing to Connecticut.

6. Cowboys Win Big 12 Baseball Regular Season (May 16, 2014)
OSU won its first ever Big 12 Conference regular season championship when the Cowboys defeated Bedlam rival Oklahoma 2-1 at ONEOK Field in Tulsa. The Cowboys’ fifth walk-off win of the season – Craig McConaughey scored the winning run from second after an OU throwing error following an infield single by Saluter Saxon – clinched the conference title.

The Cowboys finished atop the Big 12 standings with an 18-6 record, earning the No. 1 seed in the postseason tournament. Head coach Josh Holliday’s team would eventually advance in the NCAA playoffs with a 6-4 victory over Cal State Fullerton in the Stillwater Regional before losing a pair of games to UC Irvine in the Stillwater Super Regional.

The Cowboys finished with a 48-18 record, the most wins since 1994.

7. Tiffany Bias Drafted By Phoenix Mercury (April 14, 2014)
Tiffany Bias became just the third player in Oklahoma State women’s basketball history taken in the WNBA Draft when she was a second-round pick (17th overall) of the Phoenix Mercury. Bias would play sparingly during her rookie season but she did earn a championship ring as the Mercury won the WNBA title in September.

Bias joins Andrea Riley and Toni Young as former Cowgirls previously selected in the WNBA Draft.

In her four seasons in Stillwater, Bias amassed a school-record 791 assists, which stands as the third-best total in Big 12 history. Bias also set school standards for games played (133), games started (132) and minutes played (4,670). The 5-6 point guard's 295 career steals rank second in OSU history and ninth on the Big 12 charts. Her 1,623 points rank eighth all time in Cowgirl history as well.

8. Cowboys Advance To NCAA Golf Title Match (May 27, 2014)
Oklahoma State advanced to the NCAA Men’s Golf Championship title match for the second time since the implementation of the match play format in 2009 with a dramatic 3-2 semifinal victory over Stanford at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kan.

The Cowboys lost the first match before freshman Zachary Olsen tied it up with a 3 and 2 win over Stanford’s David Boote. The Cardinal went back on top with another victory before OSU senior Talor Gooch kept the match alive with a 21-hole victory. Pooch’s 30-foot birdie putt on the 21st hole gave him the victory.

Tied 2-2, the match came down to redshirt freshman Wyndham Clark’s match with Viraat Badhwar. Clark won the first hole and never trailed in the match en route to a 1-up victory to clinch the win.

The Cowboys were seeking the program’s 11th national title and first since 2006 when they squared off against Alabama the next day, but it would not be as the Crimson Tide won the NCA title, 4-1.

9. Zach Fish Named Big 12 Player of the Year (May 16, 2014)
Zach Fish was named the 2014 Big 12 Conference Player of the Year as chosen by the league’s coaches after an outstanding season in which the junior from Kalamazoo, Mich., hit .321 with 10 home runs and 38 RBIs during the regular season while leading the Cowboys with 22 multi-hit games.

Fish, who spent the majority of his time in right field while also seeing action as the Cowboys designated hitter, becomes OSU’s second Big 12 Player of the Year, joining Tyler Mach, who was the league’s co-player of the year in 2006.

Fish ranked in the top 10 in the Big 12 in numerous offensive categories during the regular season, including hits (ninth with 67), home runs (second), doubles (tied for ninth with 13), total bases (third with 110) and slugging percentage (third at .526).

At the conclusion of the season, Fish was selected as a third-team 2014 Louisville Slugger NCAA Division I All-American as named by Collegiate Baseball newspaper. He was chosen by the Chicago White Sox in the 11th round of the 2014 MLB June Amateur Draft and spent his first year playing professionally with the Rookie League Great Falls (Montana) Voyagers in the Pioneer League.

10. Cotton Bowl (Jan. 4, 2014)
In one of the most exciting finishes of the season, Oklahoma State and Missouri combined to score on six consecutive possessions in the fourth quarter and the Cowboys were poised to get the victory after driving to the Tigers 23-yard line in the final minutes. But Cowboys quarterback Clint Chelf was stripped of the ball and Missouri’s Shane Ray returned it 73 yards for a touchdown to secure a 41-31 Tigers victory at AT&T Stadium.

OSU’s senior class finished its college career with a 41-11 record over the last four years, matching the 2011 Cowboys as the winningest senior class in school history. The Cowboys were looking to earn their 11th victory for the third time in the last four seasons.

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