Oklahoma State's 30-29 comeback win at Texas A&M on Saturday is undoubtedly one of the greatest wins in program history.
But is it the greatest win in program history? That's debatable.
Here's a look at what The Oklahoman has deemed the top four victories in OSU history, in chronological order. Which one is the best of the best? You decide.
1946 Sugar Bowl
Result: No. 5 OSU 33, No. 7 Saint Mary's 13
What happened: Cowboy Bob Fenimore won the battle of All-Americans; he rushed for 130 yards and passed for 76 yards. Saint Mary's Squirmin' Herman Wedemeyer had 184 total yards. OSU led just 14-13 at halftime.
Short-term benefits: The Cowboys solidified themselves as one of the great World War II-era programs, completing a 9-0 season and justifying their lofty ranking. Beating a California school brought OSU acclaim to a part of the country it never had reached.
Long-term benefits: OSU did not take advantage of its status, postwar. While other schools built up in 1946 and 1947 with returning war veterans, OSU did not so much. But the Sugar Bowl remains the last time OSU made one of the four major bowls, and New Year's Day 1946 remains OSU's highest national status in football.
Quote: “We players felt like it was the biggest game of our careers. We didn't know anything about St. Mary's, other than the fact they had beaten most of the teams out on the coast and they were kind of a wide-open football team. We knew it was the type of club we'd never played before. The minute coach (Jim) Lookabaugh decided we had enough strength and size and power we could manhandle 'em, we just started running the ball at 'em and just wore 'em down.” – Fenimore
Result: OSU 31, No. 5 OU 24
What happened: OSU tailback Terry Miller ran 72 yards for a touchdown 78 seconds into the game, then after the Sooners built an 11-point lead, the Cowboys rallied behind senior quarterback Charlie Weatherbie, who came off the bench to lead OSU to 18 straight points in the final 21 minutes.
Short-term benefits: Pinned just the second defeat on Barry Switzer in his 41 games as the OU coach and propelled the 4-2 Cowboys into the rankings. They mounted a campaign to win the Big Eight title, eventually tying OU and Colorado for the championship.
Long-term benefits: Thirty-five years later, the Cowboys still seek another conference title. But through thick and thin, OSU people know it can be done, because it was done in '76, the heyday of the Big Eight, when that league was America's best.
Quote: “The Lord was on my side. We had a lot of faith in one another the last half. And Psalms 37, verses 23 and 24 tells you, 'All good men who walk with the Lord, He will, uh, uh,' I can't remember it now. But it helped us in that last half.” — Weatherbie
Result: OSU 16, No. 4 Oklahoma 13
What happened: Josh Fields hit a leaping Rashaun Woods in the left corner of the end zone for a 14-yard touchdown pass with 1:36 remaining to pull off the dramatic upset in Norman. The Cowboy defense limited the Sooners to zero rushing yards and intercepted Nate Hybl three times.
Short-term benefits: The Cowboy win spoiled OU's dreams of repeating as national champions and gave an otherwise disappointing season a satisfying ending.
Long-term benefits: The victory energized a fan base — and caught the attention of T. Boone Pickens. His $70 million donation in 2003 began the process of stadium renovation, and his $165 million donation in 2005 was the largest ever received by a university athletic department. Those facility upgrades, which were completed in 2009, have given OSU a crucial recruiting tool and played a big role in the Cowboys' recent success.
Quote: “This team has too much character to quit. It's not a part of their makeup. They kept telling us that they're a good football team, and just needed the right day and opportunity to show it.” — then-OSU coach Les Miles
2011 Texas A&M
Result: No. 7 OSU 30, No. 8 A&M 29
What happened: After falling behind by 17 points at halftime, OSU put together a masterful third quarter, outscoring A&M 21-0 to propel the Cowboys to the comeback win. Brandon Weeden set school records for completions (47), attempts (60) and passing yards (438), while the OSU defense forced four second-half turnovers.
Short-term benefits: The win against a top-10 team on the road gives OSU plenty of national credibility and vaulted the Cowboys into the top 5 in the Associated Press poll. It also keeps OSU in the conversation as serious contenders to capture the Big 12 title and play for the national championship.
Long-term benefits: To be determined. If OSU stumbles before Bedlam, Saturday's win will just be a special moment for a program that still has not quite worked its way into the national title picture. But it could also become a benchmark win that not only makes the Cowboys championship contenders this season, but for years to come.
Quote: “It was probably as big of a win as we've ever had here. You had two top-10 teams, playing on the road. Somebody just showed me (Tuesday) where they had an interview with one of their players prior to our game, and he said that's all they talked about on campus for two weeks and professors said, ‘If you win this game we'll give you extra credit.' Their followers were really into this game. The way things fell made it a really big win — and being behind on the road.” — OSU coach Mike Gundy