And starter-turned-third-teamer Wes Lunt saw his first game action since sustaining a concussion against Kansas State on Nov. 5, completing one of his three throws for 12 yards while OSU ran out the clock.
After the game, though, Gundy said Chelf would take the first snap of team drills during spring football. And Chelf plans to keep it that way.
“I'm ready to be the starter,” Chelf said. “Coach Gundy said (it). When we trot out there in the spring, I don't plan on losing the job.”
Does that ultimately mean Walsh or Lunt transfers?
And who will Chelf — or whoever quarterbacks the Cowboys in 2013 — hand the ball to?
After the game, All-Big 12 running back Joseph Randle, who totaled 66 yards on 17 carries, was again mum about whether he will return to OSU for his senior season or enter the NFL Draft. If Tuesday was Randle's last game as a Cowboy, he will finish his career in the top 10 in OSU history in rushing yards, rushing touchdowns and points.
And what does defensive coordinator Bill Young's future hold?
Last month, he was noncommittal about how much longer he will coach. Tuesday, he assured he wants to continue.
But Young's defense, which was much-maligned after poor performances in its final two regular-season games, finished the season strong, using its speed and opportunistic ways to snag five turnovers and hold the Boilermakers scoreless until the waning seconds of the third quarter.
OSU closed 2012 — opened 2013, actually — with an expected blowout victory against an overmatched Big Ten squad.
Now comes the interesting part.