e Huskers led 16-0 and tailback Brandon Jackson, rarely confused with Mike Rozier, had 122 yards rushing.
Then Reid, hoping to throw long left, found no Nebraska defenders biting on his pump fake. Turns out, the bark is worse than the bite.
Defensive end Victor DeGrate says he tells Reid all the time, "Tuck that thing and run it, dog."
That's exactly what Reid did, darting away from pass rushers to reach the sideline and sprinting those long strides to give OSU reason to hope.
"He changed the game," Gundy said.
Three plays later, Reid showed more than just his Vince Young-like skills, calmly tossing into no-man's land a soft pass over a sellout Nebraska blitz. Tailback Keith Toston ran under the pass for a touchdown, and hello, shootout. The OSU defense grew biceps, the Cowboy running game got stronger and Reid hit both Woods and Adarius Bowman with long home runs.
Even the low-key Reid admitted the magnitude of his play.
"That was the turning point," Reid said. "Guys were waiting for me to bust one, and I finally did."
Everyone who follows OSU football was waiting for the Cowboys to bust one, and they finally did.
That's why the post-game celebration was something a little out of the ordinary. No goal posts came down, but a team in desperate need of a big win got exactly that.
Defensive coordinator Vance Bedford, a malcontent on the Kansas road trip, took hugs from fellow staff members.
Stoic safety Donovan Woods pumped his fist.
Bowman flexed his muscles and slapped hands with Cowboy fans leaning over the wall.
Gundy, after an extended midfield interview with ABC, hugged his parents.
And the Cowboys en masse stood in front of the student body, singing the alma mater, while an OSU fan held up a sign that read "We Believe in Our Team."
Go ahead, OSU fans. Now it's OK to believe in these Cowboys. And believe in the Big 12's best quarterback, the man who turned the corner.