Originally posted on Dr. Saturday  |  Last updated 1/4/12
The Orange Bowl was close for about a quarter before West Virginia defensive back Darwin Cook changed everything. West Virginia was leading 21-17 early in the second quarter when Clemson running back Andre Ellington was at the Mountaineers' goal line looking like he was going to give the lead back to the Tigers. But all of a sudden Cook emerged with the football and started running 99 yards the opposite direction for the defensive score. At first no one really knew what was going on. A couple Clemson players chased the play down, but the vast majority of the Tigers — and coach Dabo Swinney — stood dumbfounded at the turn of events. What they had just witnessed was the end of a competitive Orange Bowl and the beginning of a West Virginia rout. Cook's return was the second-longest play in Orange Bowl history and a play that would sway momentum heavily in the Mountaineers' favor. "We're going in to score, to take the lead over, and it's a 14-point swing," Swinney said at halftime.
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