The Cowboys have an all-time bowl record of 15-9. They had some early bowl success winning a Cotton Bowl and a Sugar Bowl decisively in 1944 and 1945. After those early wins, Oklahoma State wouldn’t be a consistent bowl game presence again until the 1980s. Oklahoma State played in six bowls between 1981 and 1988, winning four of them.
Despite an up and down history, they helped produce one of the greatest single season performances of all time courtesy of their greatest star; Barry Sanders. In 1988, Sanders averaged over 200 yards per game and rushed for over 300 yards in four games. The quarterback on that team was Mike Gundy, who would later play a role in Oklahoma State’s rise to national acclaim. In 2001, when Les Miles arrived in Stillwater, the Cowboys would become a fixture of the college football bowl season. Miles would lead the Cowboys to bowl games in three of his four season in Stillwater. His successor, Mike Gundy, would help turn the Oklahoma State Cowboys into the national powers they are today.
Oklahoma State has made a bowl every season since 2006 with the highlight being the 2011 Fiesta Bowl. There the Cowboys met Andrew Luck and Stanford in the 2011 after an 11-1 season. After falling down 14-0 early, the Cowboys fought back and forced the game into overtime. Their first lead of the game came in the first overtime after never leading in regulation when Quinn Sharp kicked a game winning field goal.
Oklahoma State Cowboys Recent Bowl Game History
On January 1, 2016, the Oklahoma State Cowboys and Ole Miss Rebels faced off in the Sugar Bowl, with the Rebels taking the win over the Cowboys, 48-20. Oklahoma State and Ole miss both had promising seasons with 10 wins and 3 losses, and are ready to take another run at CFP next season. The average ticket prices for the Sugar Bowl was $207, a drastic increase to the $35 average ticket price at the Cactus Bowl between Oklahoma State and Washington Huskies.