The Cowboys, who fell just short in their hopes for a spot in the BCS Championship game, earned no small consolation prize — a Fiesta Bowl bid to take on Stanford on Jan. 2 in Glendale, Ariz.
The Cardinal, 11-1, are led by Luck, who may be the Heisman Trophy frontrunner and a quarterback considered by most analysts as the clear favorite to be the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft in April.
Luck has thrown for 3,170 yards and 35 touchdowns, with nine interceptions.
Weeden, also in the Heisman conversation, has thrown for 4,328 yards and 34 touchdowns, with 12 interceptions for the 11-1 Big 12 champion Cowboys.
For two players projected to be pros, the Fiesta Bowl will provide a side-by-side comparison in what figures to be a storyline leading up to and through the game.
Stanford started 9-0 as a national title contender, before losing 53-30 at home to Oregon on Nov. 12. The Cardinal rebounded with wins over California and Notre Dame to finish the regular season.
The Cowboys’ unbeaten season ended a week after Stanford’s, with an upset, double-overtime loss at Iowa State that ultimately cost them a shot at LSU in the BCS title game.
Still, OSU created a celebration Saturday night, routing Bedlam rival Oklahoma 44-10 to claim its first Big 12 championship and secure its first BCS bowl berth.
For the winningest group of seniors in program history, those accomplishments proved special.
“I took a second in my hotel room before the game started,” Weeden said. “I was by myself, and I just went through the game and tried to play the game out in my mind. I pictured celebrating in the locker room.
“What I felt in the locker room wasn’t what I was thinking of. We were a part of something special last year and me and (Justin) Blackmon sitting on the sidelines, that’s why we came back, to compete for a championship and be able to celebrate with all my teammates, my best friends.”