|1972 Oklahoma State Cowboys football|
|Conference||Big Eight Conference|
|1972 record||6–5 (4–3 Big 8)|
|Home stadium||Lewis Field|
|1972 Big Eight Conference football standings|
|No. 2 Oklahoma $||6||–||1||–||0||11||–||1||–||0|
|No. 4 Nebraska $||5||–||1||–||1||9||–||2||–||1|
|No. 16 Colorado||4||–||3||–||0||8||–||4||–||0|
Rankings from AP Poll
The 1972 Oklahoma State Cowboys football team represented Oklahoma State University in the Big Eight Conference during the 1972 NCAA University Division football season. In their first and only season under head coach Dave Smith, the Cowboys compiled a 6–5 record (4–3 against conference opponents), tied for third place in the conference, and outscored opponents by a combined total of 259 to 203.
The team's statistical leaders included George Palmer with 937 rushing yards, Brent Blackman with 572 passing yards, Steve Pettes with 154 receiving yards, and Alton Gerard with 42 points scored.
The team played its home games at Lewis Field in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
|September 16||Texas–Arlington*||W 21–3|
|September 23||at Arkansas*||L 23–24|
|September 30||No. 3 Colorado||W 31–6|
|October 7||Missouri||W 17–16|
|October 14||at Virginia Tech*||No. 19||L 32–34|
|October 21||Baylor*||W 20–7|
|October 28||at No. 3 Nebraska||L 0–34|
|November 4||Kansas||L 10–13|
|November 11||at Kansas State||W 45–14|
|November 25||No. 17 Iowa State||W 45–14|
|December 2||at No. 3 Oklahoma||No. 20||L 15–38|
|1972 Oklahoma State Cowboys football team roster|