If things got desperate, Cook would just tackle Coleman.
"Rather have a flag than a touchdown," he said.
Cook chased Coleman and never saw the arms go up. He saw Coleman reach out to his side for the ball and Cook tackled Coleman and did what he could do make sure the ball never got to Coleman's grasp.
He knew he timed it right. He knew he kept Rutgers from a clinching score that would have rerouted WVU's season. He also knew the officials would throw a flag for pass interference. That play was too important, he thought.
"As soon as I got up I looked around," he said. "I didn't see anything, but I was still thinking about that dropped pick."
Cook had been in the same end zone in the first quarter. The Mountaineers were in a coverage that left him without anyone to cover or anything to do except help a teammate. He slipped inside a receiver and had a pass bounce off his facemask.
Moments later, Rutgers threw a touchdown pass. When the defense got together to watch the film, take a guess which play got more attention.
"The pick," he said. "They slowed it down, before it even got to me. They showed it like five times."
Cook was mad only at himself. He said he should have caught the ball before it slipped through his hands.
"It wasn't that hard," he said. "It was terrible. I was helping on another player and when I turned around, the ball was right on me. It was terrible."
Those seven points scored were looking like the difference until Cook kept seven points off the board. Then again, that's kind of like Cook. Sooner or later the 5-11, 205-pound former high school defensive end is going to do something.
"I've been noticing that since the spring," senior cornerback Keith Tandy said. "He was young and still making mistakes here and there, but I kept telling him, 'Keep your head up and keep flying around and you'll eventually make a play.' "
Cook leads the team with 54 tackles. He made 11 against Rutgers in the snow.
"Felt horrible," he said. "Horrible. I've been getting beat up all year. Concussion. Leg. Arm. There can't be anything else left."
A moment later, Cook was jumping out of his seat. He had a device on his right arm that sends a low current to stimulate and heal his elbow. It goofed up and sent a shock to his left pocket, where he was keeping the control.
Now there's nothing else left.