The Oklahoma State Cowboys were able to go into Austin, Texas this weekend and dominate the Texas Longhorns in a 38-13 victory that will have fans remembering why this Pokes team was pegged as the conference frontrunners during the preseason.
This game marks the third consecutive time Mike Gundy's Cowboys have beaten Mack Brown's Longhorns on their home turf. Additionally, it vaults the Pokes toward serious conference contender status, while putting Brown back on the hot seat.
Oklahoma State comes out as the big winner in this matchup, but for more detailed winners and losers, read on.
For some time now, Clint Chelf has been simply adequate in the passing game, and that trend held this weekend.
True, he made some big plays with his arm (though a few of those were quite lucky), but he also made his fair share of mistakes.
That said, Chelf has to be your game MVP for the way he ran the ball on Texas.
He looked like J.W. Walsh out there, knifing through the Longhorns defense for 95 yards and two scores.
Choo-Choo Chelf came to play this weekend.
On the other side of the coin, we have Case McCoy.
McCoy wasn't terrible in this one, but he did ultimately cost his team any chance at victory with three damaging interceptions.
At the end of the day, you can't win football games playing like that. And, though some of the play-calling was suspect (seriously, how many bubble screens can you run?), McCoy didn't make enough good decisions to give his team a chance to win.
For that, he earns the dubious honors of the game's least valuable player.
When I put out my preview piece for this contest earlier in the week, I predicted that a Cowboys' defender would have a monster game.
Unfortunately, I picked the wrong Cowboy.
True, Shaun Lewis did have 10 tackles, including two for a loss, but it was Justin Gilbert that made the headline plays.
Gilbert picked off Case McCoy twice and added nine tackles and a pass breakup. That, my friends, is superstar football.
Gilbert now has six interceptions on the season, and he is a leading reason why the Pokes have the Big 12's best defense.
Early in the season, Texas Longhorns' fans were calling for Mack Brown's job. Then his team reeled off six straight Big 12 wins to open conference play and that largely died down.
Well, after this stinker, expect those fans to come out of the woodwork again.
Brown and his staff had no answer for the Cowboys all day. They seemed content to stick to their game plan throughout, even when it wasn't really working well.
What was most surprising to me, is that he hardly ever let Tyrone Swoopes into a game that he could've played a big part in.
Oklahoma State's defense looked shaky last week when the Kansas Jayhawks used the option, and I really thought Texas would try to take advantage of that with Swoopes' speed.
But they didn't, and now Brown's squad finds itself on the outside looking in once again.
With Texas out of the way, the Oklahoma State Cowboys will go back to Stillwater to face a red-hot Baylor Bears team that looks like the class of the Big 12.
This is likely going to be the biggest game of the conference season and will probably decide who wins the conference title.
That means that College Gameday will likely show up, and the Big 12 will get another chance to show off a marquee matchup on the national stage.
Any fan of football has to be salivating over this matchup, and if nothing else, we can rest assured that points will scored in bunches.
(Author's Note: At the time of publishing, the Baylor Bears lead the Texas Tech Red Raiders 21-20)