The Nation’s Worst Squash: Oklahoma vs. ISU

According to, the most one-sided rivalry in big-time college football involves Iowa State, and not for the better.

The piece suggests Oklahoma’s .919 winning percentage (67-5-2) against the Cyclones is the worst of the worst. It’s hard to argue with that.

The Sooners have won their last 20 games against ISU. But let’s not dwell on the negative, and instead recall the Cyclones’ last victory over OU.

Entering the fourth quarter in their 1990 clash in Norman, Okla., the Sooners held a 31-20 lead over Iowa State and had knocked the Cyclones’ top runner, Blaise Bryant, out of the game with injured ribs.

But behind quarterback Chris Pederson, Iowa State scored 13 fourth-quarter points to shock the Sooners, 33-31. Pederson scored the winning touchdown on a 1-yard sneak with 35 seconds left. He had a touchdown pass earlier, and rushed for 148 yards. Nice game.

That had been ISU’s first win in the series since 1961.

”’This is Oklahoma we’re talking about, where football was invented,” then-ISU Coach Jim Walden said. “I could die happy right now.”

Walden is still alive, though his 8-year era as the ISU football coach expired in 1994.

Oh, don’t get too many jollies from this, Iowa fans. says your team’s series with Michigan is the 14th-worst rivalry in the nation.

“Evidently in Iowa,” the piece goes, “they grow corn and bruises.”

Ouch. The Wolverines lead the Hawkeyes in their all-time series, 40-10-4. But Iowa did prevail against Michigan in 2002 and 2003.

Let’s close this on a high note for the state of Iowa: The Cyclones don’t play Oklahoma and the Hawkeyes don’t play Michigan this season. Although, if there was ever a time to catch the Wolverines, this season might be it since they have a new coach in Rich Rodriguez who is debuting a radically different offense than Michigan is used to running.

The link to the 15 worst rivalries among BCS conference teams:


One response to “The Nation’s Worst Squash: Oklahoma vs. ISU

  1. Who would have known Navy’s win over Notre Dame would catapult the Cyclones to the upper echelon of infamy? Ames is still a “drinking town with a football problem”.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s