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Series History: OSU Owns Advantage Over ISU, and Has Dominated of Late

OSU has owned the series of late.



Photo via Bruce Waterfield/OSU Athletics

The all-time series between Oklahoma State and Iowa State appears close — OSU owns a 33-19-3 advantage overall — but it has definitively been a one-sided battle of late. OSU under Mike Gundy is 10-3 against the Cyclones under his tenure and 8-1 against them in the last nine meetings.

That’s not to say it hasn’t been competitive — the last three wins for OSU in the series are by an average of only six points — but OSU has owned the series. And a win Saturday would mark its fifth consecutive win against ISU in Ames.

Let’s dive into more of the numbers of this series history (with some fun nuggets courtesy of Winsipedia).

• Iowa State’s last win in the series came in Stillwater in 2018 when it defeated No. 25 Oklahoma State 48-42. Brock Purdy, then a freshman, led ISU in passing and rushing. Taylor Cornelius threw for four touchdowns and 289 yards. Justice Hill had 66 yards on 24 carries and all of Tylan Wallace, Landon Wolf, Tyron Johnson and Jelani Woods scored touchdowns.

• Of ISU’s five wins in the series since 2000, only two — 2001 (28-14) and 2005 (37-10) — came by greater than single digits. Both games were in Ames.

• The largest margin of victory for OSU in the series came in 2008 when it won 59-17. The largest margin of victory for ISU in the series came in 1971 when it won 54-0.

• OSU’s longest winning streak in the series spanned six games from 2012-2017. ISU’s longest winning streak spanned four games from 1960-1963.

• The first game in the all-time series between OSU and ISU was played in 1926. OSU won 13-0. The two schools did not play again until 1960.

• Only once have these two teams not settled their battle in regulation. (That came, you guessed it, in a double OT affair in 2011. We need not discuss.) OSU has won three of its last four overtime games overall.

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