"I mean, that was a big, big play because now all of a sudden it was 28-17, and again, all of a sudden we continued to have another turnover here and there, and it just snowballed quickly."
"We kind of got a handle on things after that," said Rigg, whose fourth-quarter fumble recovery in a Dec. 1 game at South Florida set up West Virginia's game-winning drive to clinch a share of the Big East title and BCS spot.
His two plays fit with safety Eain Smith's field goal block to preserve a win at Cincinnati and defensive lineman Julian Miller's dominating game in a win over Pitt as the Mountaineers won their final four games to finish 10-3.
Rigg said the WVU defense improved significantly down the stretch, but the Orange Bowl win "was our best game of the season because Clemson had a lot more weapons than the others, and we were able to pretty much hold 'em throughout t the game.
"We got huge turnovers (four, to only one for WVU) in spots and once we got a lead, we really didn't let them get back into it. They scored touchdowns at the end of third and end of the fourth (quarters), and we forced them to be one-dimensional."
Once the rout was on, the Mountaineers' 3-3-5 defense only spent 9:30 of the second half on the field, and Clemson was only 3-of-13 on third-down conversions.
"It just shows how hard we worked over the last few weeks," Rigg said. "We knew how hard this could be. They were great team, beat some very good teams. We just wanted to get respect from the country. This was a great chance for us.
"We came out fired up, played our best."
And on a 10-touchdown night for WVU when most of the attention and accolades went to record-setting quarterback Geno Smith - voted the bowl's Most Outstanding Player - and spectacularly speedy receiver Tavon Austin, Rigg's robbery may have been the biggest play.
"There's no way to expect anything like this, not at all," Rigg said of the historic bowl scoring record the Mountaineers established.
It's unreal, to be honest with you.
"I had to keep looking up at the scoreboard to see what it was. And to see it go to 0:00 and to believe it to be 70-to-whatever it was, 33? Come on. It's an unbelievable feeling right now.
"I don't mind at all if the offense gets the credit. I just like seeing that 70 on the board. The offense did their job, we did our job and special teams did their job. As long as we get that W, I'm happy."
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