For the first time in the long history of the Oklahoma State football program, the 2011 Cowboys won a record 12 games. For the first time in their history, they were invited to play in a BCS bowl game. While Oklahoma State finished with one of the best records in all of Division I college football, they were left out of the National Championship game. Instead, they accepte a slot in the Fiesta Bowl, where they went on to beat Stanford and likely number 1 NFL draft pick, Andrew Luck. Although they did prevail and win the Fiesta Bowl, they did so in something less than an impressive fashion. Oklahoma State may have had an off day or they might not have been as good as their record indicated. In any event, it appears that Alabama and LSU were the two best teams and were rightfully chosen for the Championship game.
The very first game against a weak Louisiana-Lafayette team gave a glimpse of the powerful offense of the Oklahoma State squad. They won handily by a score of 61-34. The next week they dominated Arizona in a 37-14 victory. Tulsa was no match for the boys from Oklahoma as they put up 59 points in an easy 59-33 win.
The schedule then turned to play within their own Division. The Big 12 matchup in College Station, TX, against Texas A&M, turned out to be one of the toughest games of the season. After a valiant effort, the undermanned Aggies, succumbed to Oklahoma State by a 30-29 final score. Having survived that tough battle, the team regained its form and stomped the Kansas Jayhawks by aan impressive 70-28 margin.
The next week, OU football was back on the road to face the struggling, but always dangerous Texas Longhorns down in Austin. They came away with a 38-26 win. The following week, it was on to Columbia Missouri where they beat the Tigers by a comfortable 21 point margin. After being on the road for two weeks, the team returned home to take on Baylor and Kansas State.
Heisman Trophy winner, Robert Griffin III figured to give the Cowboys fits when they played Baylor. However, before their home crowd, Oklahoma State played its best game to date and handily won by a score of 59-24. Kansas was next and they put up a good battle. Oklahoma State had some nervous moments, but did manage to win the game by outscoring their opponents 52-45. Oklahoma State had an easy time the next week with a 66-6 victory over a weak Texas Tech team.
Undefeated to this point in the season, Oklahoma State suffered their first and only defeat of the season when they lost in the final minutes to Iowa State by a 37-31 score. Determined to get back on track after the disappointing loss, Oklahoma State exhibited their dominance by trouncing pre-season favorite Oklahoma in an easy 44-10 contest.
After a season to be proud of, Oklahoma State was a little disappointed not to be invited to the Championship game against LSU. In something of a funk, they still squeezed out a 41-38 win over the Tigers, thus concluding, one of the most successful OU football seasons in school history.