Going deeper into the annals, he matched the Orange Bowl mark of four set by Nebraska's great Johnny Rodgers - talk about Austin-like jaw-dropping - in a 1973 rout of Notre Dame.
WVU's 35 points in the second quarter were a bowl record - for any bowl, any quarter. Ditto the first half 49 points. Ditto the 69 in the half by both teams, either half.
To put WVU's third BCS win in as many tries into a more recent context ...
In Baylor's 67-56 Alamo win over Washington a week earlier that thrilled bowl watchers, the Bears had 43 second-half points. WVU had 49 in the first half.
Baylor and the Huskies combined for a 64-point second half. The Orange foes had 69 in the first 30 minutes. The Bears' 67-point game at the Alamo finally went down with just over six minutes left.
It was a lights-out game, figuratively and literally. Early in the second quarter, two banks of lights high above each end zone were dark.
Didn't matter. The game was already electric before WVU linebacker Doug Rigg pilfered the ball and an apparent touchdown from Clemson running back Andre Ellington.
Rigg, a virtual one-armed bandit, has been playing since late September with a soft cast on his left arm after suffering a fracture in the loss to LSU.
Safety Darwin Cook grabbed Rigg's theft and returned it 99 yards for a touchdown, giving WVU a 28-17 lead. That's when the Old Gold and Blue snowball really started to roll, and had the ACC adding to what is now a dismal 2-13 record in BCS games.
Only one defensive play in Mountaineer history was longer, but Cook's field-length run, considering the setting and circumstances, was no doubt bigger than Tom Pridemore's 100-yard interception return in a 1977 loss at Penn State.
And - as was the case for most of the season - things didn't start well for the team that trails only LSU (4-0) in BCS wins without a loss.
Clemson opened the scoring with a 68-yard burst by Ellington. It was the longest run against a WVU team anywhere in seven years, since Leon Washington went 69 yards to score for Florida State in a Gator Bowl victory on New Year's Day 2005.
It didn't take long for the Mountaineers to answer that one, or the next one, or the next one. Only one scoring drive in the game was longer than 2:39 on the clock.
By the time that happened - for WVU's last touchdown - it had long ago been a real Orange crush.
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