On Thursday, it will be 88 years to the date of our first encounter with Oklahoma. Eighty meetings (as of this writing) later and it's safe to say we've struggled.
1928: This was the first Iowa State team to prevail against Oklahoma. The 1929 Bomb has a good quote about how this game went for the Sooners, "The Oklahoma offense was powerless." Things that you'll never hear again for 600, Alex.
Final score: Iowa State 13, Oklahoma 0.
1931: Coach Noel Workman was fired after a 0-9 season, and Coach George Veenker from Michigan was hired. From the 1932 Bomb, "Toward the latter part of the game, Oklahoma threatened to score several times. Oklahoma threatened to score several times. Twice they attempted place kicks from within the 10-yard line, only to fail, and on a third occasion Wells recovered a fumble in that territory to assure Iowa State of victory. Grefe's running and Bowen's play was outstanding in this game."
Final score: Iowa State 13, Oklahoma 12.
1960: Back to back 7-3 seasons? By Iowa State? Absolutely. Oklahoma went 3-6-1 in this season, but still, that's no excuse to lose to Iowa State. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ From the 1961 Bomb, "A crowd of 18,000 that had been fulminating most of the exciting fourth quarter swept onto the field. The steel goal posts, as tough as Oklahoma tackles used to be, were down in minutes."
Final score: Iowa State 10, Oklahoma 6.
1961: Back to back defeats of Oklahoma? Amazing.
Final score: Iowa State 21, Oklahoma 15.
1990: ''We had to play our guts out,'' said Jim Walden. ''This is Oklahoma we're talking about, where football was invented. I could die happy right now.''
Final score: Iowa State 33, #16 Oklahoma 31.