MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. - Doug Rigg has made big plays before.
In fact, he made one late in a victory that gained West Virginia a third Bowl Championship Series berth in seven years.
However, that one wasn't as big as the one the sophomore linebacker turned in at Sun Life Stadium on Wednesday night.
It led to the longest defensive touchdown in the 14-year BCS history.
And it changed the momentum in an Orange Bowl that the Mountaineers would turn into a rout.
"I got it with my right arm," Rigg said in a raucous WVU locker room after an improbable 70-33 blistering of ACC champion Clemson (10-4). "One hand. That's it. Not bad, I guess."
No, it was a lot better than that, especially since Rigg, with a left wrist fracture, has been playing with a soft cast wrapped for games. The strongside linebacker suffered the injury in WVU's loss to LSU, then missed two games before returning as a regular.
WVU had just taken a 21-17 lead in what was still a game of seesaw when the Tigers drove from their own 24 for a first-and-goal at the Mountaineers' 3. Clemson running back Andre Ellington got the handoff and drove forward toward the goal line.
Just as Ellington was starting to fall into a pile of players near the goal line plane, Rigg, to the Clemson running back's right, reached in and grabbed. At the time, player or ball, it didn't matter, he said.
The ball flew out, and "I got it loose and (WVU safety Darwin) Cook just turned and ran, off to the races," said Rigg, a 6-foot-1, 235-pounder from Oradell, N.J. "He was laying on some people in the pile, and I just got it out as fast as possible.
"Thank God, the call didn't get overturned or anything. I'm just glad (Ellington) was lying on somebody."
How much did Rigg's rip job and Cook's 99-yard return for a 28-17 lead change things? When Ellington lost the ball, Clemson already had 262 of the 443 yards the Tigers would have on the night.
After Cook crossed the goal line for a virtual 14-point swing, the rest of the night belonged to WVU on the scoreboard, 42-13.
"Well, it was a pretty huge moment," Clemson Coach Dabo Swinney said.
"They hadn't really stopped us. We were scoring, but they were matching us, and we couldn't get a stop. We'd get momentum and lose momentum, get momentum, lose momentum.
"That was going to be a huge swing for us. Like I said, it was going to put us up 24-21, we're right back in this thing and still searching for a stop. But that was huge.