When Oklahoma State crossed back over the Red River after last playing in Texas, the Cowboys were heading home after a loss.
OSU will play its last game of the season with chance to win the Big 12 championship for the fourth time in the last six seasons. Patrick Mahomes of Texas Tech and Baylor's Seth Russell each had success against Oklahoma State's defense this season and Hill ranks third in the Big 12 in total offense.
Oklahoma State running back Justice Hill (27) runs the ball past TCU safety Nick Orr (18) during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016, in Fort Worth, Texas.
TCU coach Gary Patterson was saying the opposite in his post-game press conference on the other side of the stadium. The Horned Frogs are coming off a bye week that followed a dominating 62-22 win on November 5 over then-No.
Oklahoma State scored the next 21 points and won by a comfortable 31-6 margin Saturday. TCU punted after a three-and-out, followed by an OSU punt, followed by another TCU punt.
"Do-over" is a term that might define this season for Oklahoma State.
Gundy actually considers his team 9-1, discounting the Cowboys' controversial 30-27 defeat to Central Michigan back on September 10, when the Chippewas scored a touchdown on a Hail Mary pass during a final, untimed play that officials later admitted should never have been awarded.
As I said earlier, other than the Sanders' fumble, Oklahoma State could do no wrong. TCU will be the first to 30 points and become bowl eligible this weekend.
Oklahoma State's climb up the College Football Playoff rankings needed a boost, if not a shove.
"Today I we just sustained a lot longer and put up a better fight", he said. "However, the Selection Committee is aware of what transpired in that football game".
Two plays later, receiver KeVontae Turpin took an inside flip pass from Hill and scampered into the end zone for the score.More news: PLAYOFF RANKINGS: Ohio St up; Michigan, Clemson still top 4
If the Cowboys can beat both TCU and rival Oklahoma, they will win the Big 12. Scrubbing that loss off their resume, their lone legitimate defeat came at the hands of Baylor on September 24.
But Gundy was patient and OSU developed continuity, both with the personnel and second-year offensive line coach Greg Adkins.
"It was a pass-option, and I tried to do my best to deliver the ball to Cole [Hunt], but I failed", Hicks said.
Oklahoma State stoned TCU on a key goal line stop late in the first half that preserved a 10-6 halftime lead. "That was one of them".
After a low-scoring first half, the Cowboys produced three unanswered touchdowns on their first three possessions to pull away in a game that saw them enter as a three-point underdog.
The Cowboys' ground game continues to surge, with Chris Carson's re-emergence making him a strong complementary piece to Justice Hill, and forming a risky duo.
Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes was still magnificent at times throwing for 344 yards but had just one connection for 30-plus yards.
"Everybody has that fire in their eyes", senior running back Chris Carson said.
"I said it after the Baylor game: we haven't arrived", Patterson said.
Running the ball can do a lot.
It's rare that an interior defensive lineman leads a team in sacks, but that's exactly what Taylor is doing this season for Oklahoma State.