Bedlam is one of the top rivalry games in college football. When Oklahoma and Oklahoma State meet, there’s bad blood, at least on the field.
Off the field is another story and one that came to light once again in the wake of the awful tragedy that occurred in Stillwater on Saturday morning.
A motorist drove into a crowd of spectators during the school’s homecoming parade, killing four people (including a 2-year-old) and injuring several others.
Before OU head coach Bob Stoops even talked his team’s impressive 63-27 win against Texas Tech, all his thoughts were about what was happening in Stillwater.
“After the tragic events over at Oklahoma State today, our thoughts, prayers are very much with them,” Stoops said. “We’re all really deeply sadden. These Saturdays are pretty special for all of us. People do the same thing we do. Fans come and cheer, and things like that shouldn’t happen. We’re sad that it did.”
There was discussion among OSU brass about whether or not to postpone the game. Ultimately the decision was to play, and the Cowboys looked good in a 58-10 win against Kansas to stay undefeated.
But situations like what happened at OSU always help keep things in perspective even if you haven’t been in a Bedlam situation like OU first-year offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley.
“You know, it makes this game seem pretty insignificant,” Riley said. “So just want to, all the families, all those affected, want them to know that they’re in our thoughts and prayers here.”
Quarterback Baker Mayfield was asked an initial question but opened with his own statement of thoughts and prayers. Mayfield said his girlfriend attends OSU so despite the nature of Bedlam, “obviously you care when something happens like that.”