Oklahoma State football: Ranking the five best wins of the last decade

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The Oklahoma State football program has compiled quite an impressive decade under head coach Mike Gundy. The Cowboys are 90-38 since the 2011 season, a .703 winning percentage overall that includes a postseason destination each season (seven wins and three losses).

Only nine (!) other power conference programs can claim more wins than the Cowboys since the 2011 season: Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Georgia, LSU, Notre Dame, Oregon, and Wisconsin. During this 10-year span, the orange-and-black OSU ranks ahead of programs such as Florida State, Penn State, and USC in terms of overall victories.

The Oklahoma State football program has an impressive list of victories in the past decade — and only nine more Power 5 teams have more wins since 2011.

Sure, the critics will have their say when they point to the lack of Top 10 finishes, the failures against OU (against whom OSU only won twice in the past decade), and the tendency for the Cowboys to burn out later in the season after achieving a high national ranking. The proof’s in the pudding: in the past 10 seasons, OSU has reached the Top 10 five times but has only finished the season there once: in 2011, when the Cowboys finished at No. 3 in the nation with a 12-1 record and a Fiesta Bowl win.

Read on to see OSU’s best wins of the past decade.

#5

2018: OSU 38, No. 6 Texas 35

On paper, this game was a total mismatch from the outset. Texas was led by quarterback Sam Ehlinger and was ranked No. 6 in the nation coming in to Boone Pickens Stadium, while OSU was led by quarterback Taylor “Corn Dog” Cornelius while sporting a 1-3 Big 12 mark.

The Cowboys emerged victorious after Cornelius threw for three touchdowns and ran for two more, while star wide receiver Tylan Wallace caught 10 passes for 222 yards and two touchdowns. OSU held on for the win after grabbing an early 24-7 first-half lead.

This game proved to be an otherwise bright spot to a disappointing season in which the Cowboys finished 7-6 (3-6 Big 12), including a Camping World Bowl victory against Virginia Tech.

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