AUSTIN, Texas - It's true about how it is here, deep in the heart.
There was the biggest crowd in Darrell K Royal-Memorial Stadium history and the biggest crowd to ever witness West Virginia University play football. There was Big Bertha the bass drum and big Bevo the burnt orange steer.
It was WVU's big Big 12 opener against the second-winningest college football program in the nation's sixth-largest stadium situated in the heart of UT's campus.
"I've never seen this place like that," West Virginia Coach Dana Holgorsen said.
This wasn't his first Texas rodeo, of course.
The 100,119-seat structure swayed and shook and the 101,851 fans were in a frenzy, but West Virginia - a touchdown underdog to Texas - beat the odds and lassoed its first road win over a top 10 team since 1982 (at Oklahoma). The Longhorns were No. 11 in the AP poll and No. 9 in the Coaches poll.
The Mountaineers, 48-45 winners, had lost 12 consecutive road games against top 10 teams, but survived to slip into the top 5 in the national polls for the first time since Rich Rodriguez coached his final game with the program, in 2007.
Saturday's win here in the Lone Star State wasn't conventional, but little about this team can be labeled as such.
West Virginia - 5-0 for the first time since 2006 and one of 15 remaining unbeatens - had a field goal blocked, a punt blocked, turned it over twice (a pair of Geno Smith fumbles) and went 5-for-5 on fourth-down conversions while opting to punt just once. Texas (4-1, 1-1 Big 12) had won 58 consecutive games when winning the turnover battle, but a plus-1 margin spoiled that stellar statistic.
WVU's run of futility against large crowds is history. Prior to Saturday, the Mountaineers had lost every game in front of the top 18 crowds that had ever watched them play. Burning the burnt orange fixed that.
Will it fix the perception of this West Virginia team, one that has thrust itself into the national title race conversation under second-year Coach Dana Holgorsen? Isn't defense supposed to win championships?
WVU has given up 108 points (54.0 average) and 1,104 yards in its first two games in the Big 12. It's also generated 1,267 yards of total offense and 118 points, and just piled on the most points on Texas (Colorado, 47 points, 1997 was the previous high) of any Big 12 visitor since the league's 17-year history.
"I don't care what people think, to be honest with you," the WVU head coach said, "I care about what our players think and what our coaches think. What the outside looking in thinks about it doesn't affect what we do.