MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- There were about a dozen decisive plays late in West Virginia's victory against South Florida.
A list of runs, passes, catches, tackles, fumbles and field goals pushed the Mountaineers into the Bowl Championship Series for the third time.
You can watch the highlights or pore over the statistics and probably miss the most critical one. Had it not happened, No. 23 WVU might not be in the Orange Bowl against No. 14 Clemson.
It came between the most memorable play and before the game-winning play, but if you see Shawne Alston some time soon, thank him for what he did.
"I was just trying to do something smart," Alston said. "I knew we didn't have any timeouts left."
Alston has 10 touchdowns this season, coming along as a guy who can get the Mountaineers two yards when they need one, but also as a guy who can skip outside for bigger gains.
His run against USF was the biggest of the season but won't show up in statistics.
The Bulls and Mountaineers, who are going to lose a feisty rivalry when WVU leaves the Big East, were tied at 27 with 13 seconds remaining.
On fourth-and-10 at the USF 42-yard line, Geno Smith threw into a small box 26 yards down the field.
Stedman Bailey leaped on the run to his right and toward a group of converging defenders.
Smith threw to a spot and Bailey flew to that spot, making an unfathomable, unforgettable catch by snaring the ball.
He also stretched just about every part of his body to make the play and couldn't curl up to protect himself before crashing back down to the turf.
Bailey hit the ground hard, bounced, hit the ground again and rolled to a stop.
"He was hurting," Smith said.
The clock had ticked to 6 seconds when Bailey was ruled down and the officials stopped the clock to reset the yard markers and the ball. Bailey panicked and signaled for a timeout, but WVU was out after using three on defense to control the USF offense throughout the second half.
The offense hurried to the line of scrimmage, but Bailey was done. His elbows and his knees were on the ground. He was taking in air like he was trying to inflate a parade balloon so he could get back to his feet.