"You stay within the legal limits of the game. It's Mountaineer pride. Nothing cheap!" he shouted.
"Leave no doubt," he said repeatedly. "Leave no doubt tonight ... they shouldn't have played the old gold and blue. Not this night."
But he ended with a smile.
"It's a game, lads," he said. "Let's go have fun and get us a big victory."
On Facebook, a group calling for a bronze "Leave No Doubt" plaque at Mountaineer Field had more than 900 followers by Thursday morning.
Fan Melissa Adkins told the Beckley Register-Herald the words should continue to inspire future generations of players.
"He wouldn't want anything to detract from the attention the team gets," she said, "but we thought those words were just so important. We'd like to see those words live on."
In the euphoric aftermath of the Fiesta Bowl victory, Stewart landed the job full-time. But the Mountaineers didn't go to another BCS bowl under his leadership and Stewart couldn't match the production of Rodriguez.
Stewart resigned last summer and was replaced by Dana Holgorsen the same night.