Still, it wasn't all good.
Tulsa gouged the Cowboys in the running game. Brandon Weeden tossed a couple more picks, running his season total to six. The offense was hit and miss, while the defense made and missed on some hits, yet did produce six turnovers.
Hard to say how much the delay impacted the Pokes. Tulsa dealt with it, too, although the confines were much more comfortable in the sparkling Case Athletic Complex than the cozy visitor's locker room.
“They became stir-crazy at some point,” said Gundy, not at all offering up an excuse.
But the adversity meter gets ratcheted up a few notches next week.
H.A. Chapman Stadium won't ever be confused with Kyle Field, not with more than half of Saturday's crowd dressed in orange, especially once this made-for-TV production turned into some wacky spinoff of USA Up All Night.
The Cowboys aren't easing into anything in conference play. As amped as the Live Orange crowd has been in dreaming of a special season, the Aggie yell has been just as loud.
Next week's winner elevates itself in the Big 12 and nationally. The loser lags.
“It's winner-take-all,” said OSU cornerback Brodrick Brown, exaggerating only slightly.
But it is on, for real.
“It is as big game,” Weeden said. “They're a good football team. We've got to go down there. It's going to be a challenge. We'll have our hands full.
“But that's why we play the game. That's why we play big-time college football, to get a chance to play a game like we are next weekend.”