In 1944: The basketball team repeats as conference champions and makes its second appearance in the NCAA tournament, losing to Utah in the national semifinals and Iowa State in the third-place game. Bob Kurland is named a consensus All-American for the second time.
The 1959 Cowboys baseball team entered the season not expected to do much. Only four players left fielder Don Soergel, and pitchers Roy Peterson, Joel Horlen, and Dick Soergel, were on the roster from the previous season. The preseason prospectus for 1959 read, “The baseball outlook for coach Toby Greene’s 16th edition of Cowboy baseball is quite questionable. Despite the ...
Enrolling at Oklahoma State University, Sanders played for the Oklahoma State Cowboys from 1986 to 1988 and wore the No. 21. During his first two years, he backed up All-American Thurman Thomas. In 1987, he led the nation in yards per kickoff return (31.6), while also rushing for over 600 yards and scoring 8 touchdowns. Thomas moved on to the ...
In 2015: The football team wins its tenth conference championship and makes its first appearance in the Sugar Bowl, losing to Ole Miss 48–20. The team finishes with a 10–3 record and ranks 20th in the final AP poll. Emmanuel Ogbah is named a consensus All-American.
In 2022: The football team wins its 11th conference championship and makes its second appearance in the Fiesta Bowl, defeating Notre Dame 37–35. The team finishes with a 12–2 record and ranks seventh in the final AP poll. Spencer Sanders is named the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year.
History of the Cowboys
The Oklahoma State Cowboys are one of history's most storied college sports teams. With a long and proud tradition that dates back to the early 1900s, they have been an integral part of NCAA athletics for decades. From their first conference championship win in 1915 to their current status as perennial contenders for championships across multiple sports, there’s no denying that the Cowboys have left an indelible mark on collegiate athletics.
As a member of the Big 12 Conference since 1996, Oklahoma State has won numerous titles across all central men's and women's sports, including football (11), basketball (5), baseball (3), and track & field/cross-country (7). The team also boasted impressive individual achievements such as Heisman Trophy winners Barry Sanders in 1988 and Mason Rudolph in 2017; two-time Olympic gold medalist John Smith; NBA All-Star Marcus Smart; three-time World Series champion Robin Ventura; NFL Pro Bowler Dez Bryant among many others.
In addition to its success on the field or court over time, Oklahoma State is well known for its passionate fan base, which includes students from both OSU campuses located at Stillwater and Tulsa, respectively, along with alumni who live around the world! The school mascot Pistol Pete is iconic in college athletic circles, while orange remains synonymous with Cowboy pride everywhere it goes! Whether you’re talking about football Saturdays at Boone Pickens Stadium or any other sport played by this historic program – one thing is sure: when it comes to NCAA competition, nobody does it better than Oklahoma State University!
College Sports Established
Oklahoma State University
1973 - Present / NCAA Division 1
1915 - 1973 / University Division of the NCAA
1996 – Present / Big 12 Conference
1957 - 1996 / Big Eight Conference
1956 - 1957 / Independent
1927 - 1956 / Missouri Valley Conference
1924 - 1927 / Missouri Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Association
1914 - 1924 / Southwest Conference
1901 - 1914 / Independent
Cowboys - The Oklahoma State Cowboys have been a staple of college football for decades, and their iconic nickname has become synonymous with the program. But where did this beloved moniker come from? Let's look at the origins of the Oklahoma State Cowboys nickname to find out!
It all started in 1920 when Charles "Brick" Mason was hired as head coach for what was then known as Oklahoma A&M College. Coach Mason wanted to give his team an edge on the field by creating an intimidating image to strike fear into opponents' hearts. During this time, he drew inspiration from cowboys and ranchers who were familiar with sights around Stillwater, OK. Thus, he chose “Cowboys” as his team’s official mascot name, and it stuck ever since!
In addition to having one of college football's most recognizable nicknames, The Cowboys also boast some impressive stats throughout their history, including numerous conference championships and bowl appearances over 90 years ago. Despite being a relatively small school compared to other major universities in NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), OSU continues to make its mark every year thanks strong fan base dedicated to players both past and present. This loyalty is part of why Cowboy Nation is so unique; it makes them stand out from the rest sports world!
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