"What has dawned on me watching the bowl season is you really realize how difficult it is to get to a BCS game," Luck said. "Forget about whether you should have a playoff system. To be one of the eight teams in a BCS bowl, not to count the title game, that's special.
"It's a real credit to the players and obviously to Dana and all the coaches for being able to maneuver through the season and win close games at the end of the year and win the Big East championship his first year.
"It's tough to get to BCS games."
It might be easy for the Mountaineers to get back next season, which would make four trips in eight years. If WVU remains in the Big East, the team will again be favored to win the conference.
If WVU is in the Big 12, it's a different story. At the very least, this is a team that should be able to compete and win there. Who knows what happens if the Mountaineers beat the right team at the right time and catch some breaks?
That's all speculative stuff that will be sorted out soon enough, but the facts are the team that scored 70 points Wednesday will have the quarterback, four top receivers, top three running backs and five of the top seven offensive linemen back next season.
If the Mountaineers looked good in south Florida, imagine how this might be eight months from now.
"If you go back and look at the interviews we had from the first one of the year to now, we had issues with turning the ball over, issues with taking sacks, issues with making the wrong checks, issues with doing things outside our system," WVU quarterbacks coach Jake Spavital said.
"Geno had his best game (in the bowl). He made all the right calls. He took care of the ball. He scrambled well. He did everything we've asked him to do and he put it together at once.
"It starts evolving even more now. We can be more complex with the offense. You look at the offense the first week to this week, it's a lot more complex."
That's kind of scary. For the entire season, the offense talked about all the errors Spavital mentioned. They said the only group capable of stopping the offense was actually the offense and they grumbled that the offense kept doing it.
For one night, they got out of their own way, from the moment the game started to when the conservative play calls suggested it was over. They gave everyone a view of what it was supposed to look like.
The Mountaineers hope that was a glance at the future.
"It's a perfect example," Smith said. "It didn't happen very often for us this year, but we had very few negative plays, we kept the chains moving and we made good decisions. I think the sky is the limit for us if we learn to execute like that."