NSW opted to bat first on an Allan Border Field pitch that looked likely to provide some assistance for the bowlers.
The pre-game talk surrounded the quality of the Blues international quality attack but the Queensland bowlers, led by the new ball duo of Michael Neser and Jack Wildermuth, turned the table on the pundits.
Neser finished with 5-27 while Wildermuth was on a hat-trick at one point on the way to 4-21 from 16 overs.
NSW finished with 143, with captain Kurtis Patterson top-scoring with 43, as the Bulls effort ensured that the lead-in discussions around the bonus point system to decide the winner of a drawn game were, temporarily for he time being, silenced.
Queensland lost Joe Burns after he had set the innings off to a positive start before Marnus Labuschagne, still buzzing from a remarkable diving catch to wrap up the NSW innings, batted with authority as he and Bryce Street made their way to 1-58 at stumps.