Well, that was surprising. Who'd have thought Alistair Darling - the boy with the caterpillar eyebrows from Number 11 - would have a resounding victory when pitched against Alex 'Charisma' Salmond?
By all accounts, Darling started off shaky - but by the end of the debate, polls showed Darling won, with 56% of the vote to Salmond's 44%.
But for viewers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, watching the debate was easier said than done - particularly when the online feed dropped out. If you missed it, here's a recap:
Tensions were running high yesterday evening as the audience arrived at Glasgow's Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
An Ipsos poll showed the Yes campaign had made gains over the past few days.
As people everywhere settled down to watch, the STV online feed dropped out, leaving English, Welsh and Northern Irish viewers twiddling their thumbs
Any way to watch this indyref debate? Any body? Help? Even audio... A cartoon version? @wearestv— Faisal Islam (@faisalislam) August 5, 2014
But a couple of minutes later, it was back - just as Salmond was making his opening statement
For more than half his life, Scotland has been governed by parties that gave it everything 'from the Poll Tax to the Bedroom tax'. No one can do a better job of running Scotland than the people who live there, he said
Next, it was Darling's turn
The polls haven't really moved over the last two and a half years, he said - despite efforts from both sides of the political divide. 'There's no going back if we decide to go.'
The audience wasn't completely on Darling's side...
From the cheap seats Darling does seem quite nervous, which is obviously impacting on his delivery. Audience appears to be on AS's side...— David Torrance (@davidtorrance) August 5, 2014
The audience appeared to turn against Darling more...
Let me translate the answer from Alistair Darling - Scotland, you are too wee, too poor and too small #ScotDecides— Humza Yousaf (@HumzaYousaf) August 5, 2014
Some viewers got frustrated
Somebody get Jed Bartlet in there to show them how it's done. #indyref— Andy Burke (@BBCAndyBurke) August 5, 2014
Some got bored...
This is boring. Gie's an advert. #ScotDecides— Limmy (@DaftLimmy) August 5, 2014
But then currency came up - and things started to get interesting. Salmond started to flounder....
Bizarre. Darling asks Salmond about currency plans, Salmond asks Darling about pandas and outer space. #indyref— Andrew Parrington (@MaybeAndrew) August 5, 2014
At one point, Alex Salmond said the evil English had threatened an independent Scotland with having to 'drive on the other side of the road'
@AlexSalmond really hitting the depths here. Driving on the other side of the road and attacks from outer space— Alastair Campbell (@campbellclaret) August 5, 2014
Oh, come on, said Darling. That was a joke
Can't believe a weak joke I once made about Scotland driving on right has actually been quoted by Salmond. He's lost the plot. #ScotDecides— Andy Burnham (@andyburnhammp) August 5, 2014
Then Darling's record as Chancellor came up
'You were in charge of financial regulation when the banks went bust,' said Salmond.
Darling reminded the audience about Salmond's letters in support of Fred Goodwin.
Two hours and 45 minutes into the debate, the pair began their closing statements
'I am optimistic about Scotland's future within the UK,' said Darling. 'This is our moment,' said Salmond.