MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. - At halftime, musical group Train performed for the 67,563 in attendance at the Discover Orange Bowl.
In the first half, though, a runaway train named West Virginia performed for those here and nationally via ESPN.
The Mountaineers put together a half for the ages, a game for the ages, running, passing, swiping and intercepting.
No. It was simply heaven for WVU fans. One to put in a time capsule and visit when times are down.
A 49-20 lead. At halftime. A 70-33 final. Against the Atlantic Coast Conference champions. On a night when no other bowl games were being played. In a BCS game. It doesn't get any sweeter than that for Mountaineer fans.
It was an opportunity seized. For head coach Dana Holgorsen. For WVU's players.
It was the 2006 Sugar Bowl victory on Red Bull.
Yet this wasn't just a win for the ages for West Virginia. It was a win for the ages for any team. Teams like Oregon and Oklahoma State had to be absolutely green with envy watching this one.
Bowl Championship Series records fell like revelers on New Year's Eve. In the first half, West Virginia scored more points than any other team in BCS history, surpassing the old mark of 38 scored by USC, also in the Orange Bowl.
The 69 combined first-half points surpassed the previous mark of 56, set a couple days ago in the Rose Bowl when Wisconsin and Oregon were tied at 28.
But wait. Let's not limit this.
West Virginia's outburst was the best in the history of bowls. Ever.
The 49 first-half points were the most in any half in any bowl game in history. The Mountaineers' 70 were the most scored in a bowl game ever.
Allow that to sink in. One has to go back to the 1999 Insight.com Bowl to find a 45-point first half by Colorado against Boston College. One has to understand the previous game total of 67 was put up by Baylor, which had a Heisman Trophy winner in its backfield.
Think this might get recruits to take Holgorsen's calls? (And it certainly didn't hurt that the explosion took place in recruit-rich south Florida.)
How did it happen?
Well, sort of like a train that rolls out of control. Slowly at first. Before hitting breakneck speed.
The Mountaineer defense had a slow start, then got a Jared Barber breakup. It got a Darwin Cook strip of 1,000-yard rusher Andre Ellington at the goal line and a 99-yard return - as well as a tackle of bowl mascot Obie. After the officials' review, confirming the strip, the WVU sideline exploded.
But not like that WVU offense.