This may seem like a curious choice, given that it came at home over the team that finished ninth in the conference standings. But heading into that contest, OSU had sandwiched a bye week with the heartbreaking — and controversial — loss to Texas in the Big 12 opener and an uninspired performance in a six-point road win at Kansas. But the Cowboys dominated the Cyclones, launching an impressive 5-1 stretch through the middle of the season where every victory was a blowout. Not to mention, J.W. Walsh played nearly the entire game with a fracture on the side of his knee. That deserves kudos.
Worst loss: At Arizona (Sept. 8)
Still hard to believe that the Cowboys bolted out to a 14-0 lead in this one, with Lunt looking like a current and future star. But the Cowboys self-destructed, turning the ball over four times and committing 15 penalties for 167 yards.
Hardest senior to replace: Quinn Sharp
This one's easy. Sharp was the do-it-all kicker — and one of the best in the nation. He was named the Big 12 co-Special Teams Player of the Year and a second-team All-American at kicker by the Walter Camp Football Foundation after nailing 28 of 34 field goals, averaging 46.3 yards per punt and booming 71 touchbacks on kickoffs. A case could be made that he was the best or most valuable Cowboy this season.
Best uniform combo: TCU
The all-black color scheme wasn't new. But the helmet logo, featuring a gray outline of Phantom Pistol Pete, was. And it was sharp and sleek and downright awesome. Cowboy fans clamoring for an orange helmet also got their wish, with the Cowboys trotting out two different versions featuring Pistol Pete and a black outline of OSU as the logos. Of the new color scheme combos, the orange-orange-white look worn on Senior Day against Texas Tech was solid.
Biggest offseason storyline: Bill Young's future
Yes, Gundy needs to hire a new offensive coordinator. Yes, there will be some sort of spring battle at quarterback. But these are things we know. We don't know if Young will return as defensive coordinator.