Then he had to watch the bowl game and enjoy everything that happened while knowing he could have been in on the fun Shawne Alston and Andrew Buie were having in his place.
"Bad deal," he said.
The win catapulted just about everyone into the offseason, but Garrison had a different sendoff into the lonely months away from football. At first, Garrison, who has broken his collarbone and an elbow before, didn't handle it well. His mom and his girlfriend visited him in Morgantown and helped him for a few days after the surgery, but Garrison was soon on his own.
Fortunately he had his roommates, receivers Dante Campbell and K.J. Myers.
"They helped me out a lot," Garrison said. "They were always there and always making sure I was OK. 'Hey, you're depressed. You've got to get out of the house. Let's go get something to eat.' I was lucky I had people there who were happy to help me."
It snapped Garrison out of his funk and sent him on his way to recovery. Garrison took the time he would have spent on the field in the spring and went to the weight room and the film room. He watched teammates work out and tried to find things that would work for him - and he said he's gained seven or eight pounds to reach 180 - and he studied the good and the bad from his freshman season.
"I'm pretty sure in the back of my mind I'll be a little worried, but I'm pretty sure everything else will be fine and I'll be focused on getting back to where I was and getting better," he said.
Garrison, who was only offered a scholarship by running backs coach Robert Gillespie in late December 2010, finished with 742 yards on 136 carries and six touchdowns last season and gave Coach Dana Holgorsen the running back the offense needs.
"Actually, I think I'll be a lot better," he said. "I'm still working on my strength, but mentally, I've been watching film and looking at different areas I needed to critique myself on."
The goal remains the same. Miss one game, no more. Miss spring football, but none of the fall. Where Garrison begins when camp opens in August doesn't matter, just as long as he is there when it starts.
"Honestly, I see myself in the back," he said. "I don't want Gillespie or Holgorsen to put me up top. I want to start in the back and earn my way back up to the top. I know Buie and Shawne and even the new guys have a lot to prove, but so do I. I see myself at the back of the depth chart and working my way to the top."
Contact sportswriter Mike Casazza at mi...@dailymail.com or 304-319-1142. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/wvu.