OSU’s Historic Beatdown: How K-State Loss Stacks Up Against Other Big Defeats in Gundy Era

Mike Gundy has coached Oklahoma State in 226 career games now, but none of them turned out more lopsided in a loss than the one his Cowboys suffered on Saturday. Their 48-0 defeat set a new Gundy-era record for largest margin of defeat, besting the previous record set in 2005 — Gundy’s first year — when they fell by 39 points to Texas A&M.

Yes, that’s right, it happened two conference realignments ago.

The other biggest defeats previously were in 2008, 2015, 2014 and 2005, respectively. So it’s been awhile since OSU got beat this bad.

The circumstances make it even worse: OSU is the first top 10 team in the AP poll since 1968 (!) to suffer a 40+ point shutout loss. It’s the biggest margin of defeat for the program since 2000, when it lost 58-0 at Texas Tech, its first time to be held without a point since losing 27-0 at OU in 2009, and its worst loss ever to Kansas State. Which, as you can see from the chart below, is actually saying something.

Here is a look at the full list of largest margins of defeat — those by 20 or more points — since Gundy took the reins of the program. The chart below is sorted from largest margin of defeat to smallest.

Year Margin of defeat Opponent
2022 48 Kansas State
2005 39 Texas A&M
2008 36 Texas Tech
2015 35 OU
2014 34 Kansas State
2005 34 Colorado
2014 33 TCU
2007 32 OU
2020 28 OU
2015 28 Ole Miss
2005 28 OU
2009 27 OU
2009 27 Texas
2005 27 Iowa State
2006 26 Texas
2018 24 Texas Tech
2014 24 West Virginia
2014 21 Baylor
2014 21 Texas
2012 21 Arizona
2007 21 Georgia
2008 20 OU